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Mozilla Outage On Firefox 3 Record Launch Day

CmdrTaco posted more than 6 years ago | from the oops-sorry-that-was-me dept.

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Kolargol00 writes "An outage affected the Mozilla.com website on the day the organisation launched its Guinness World Record attempt for downloads of the new Firefox 3 browser. The mozilla.com site was unreachable from around the world, occasionally responding with the message, 'Http/1.1 Service Unavailable.'" Since they decided to run their day from 1pm to 1pm Eastern time, the download day is actually still going, so you can still get Firefox and be part of the record.

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Microsoft-DDOS? (-1, Flamebait)

jsrlepage (696948) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837331)

It isn't a stretch to think about it.

Re:Microsoft-DDOS? (4, Funny)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837351)

It isn't a stretch to think about it.
Tens of thousands of employees upgrading their browsers...still, Mozilla's servers should be able to handle that.

Re:Microsoft-DDOS? (5, Informative)

CDMA_Demo (841347) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837577)

Re:Microsoft-DDOS? (4, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 6 years ago | (#23838009)

I suspect the IE team set their own Guinness World Record for "most human urine ever baked into a cake."

Re:Microsoft-DDOS? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23837409)

It's true - if you RTFA you'll see that netcraft confirmed it !!!

Re:Microsoft-DDOS? (3, Funny)

lyml (1200795) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837459)

paranoia
Function: noun
Etymology: New Latin, from Greek, madness, from paranous demented, from para- + nous mind
Date: circa 1811
1 : a psychosis characterized by systematized delusions of persecution or grandeur usually without hallucinations
2 : a tendency on the part of an individual or group toward excessive or irrational suspiciousness and distrustfulness of others

OSS Incompetence (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23837999)

This is just further proof hat Open Source Software is most useful for little independent projects - not trying to win download records.

I mean you show up at their website when all kinds of news outlets are running stories about firefox download day and the website doesn't even say that download day starts at 1 EST. What kind of amature shit is that?

And then when they finally post the link, they don't have the server capacity to handle the demand that they themselves were trying to break a world record for downloads with.

I put more effort in to jacking off than these clowns put in to their "Record Download Day". What an embarassment.

Cause found, not to worry. (5, Funny)

mrRay720 (874710) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837333)

A large chair-shaped dent was subsequently found in the side of their web server, and a large sweaty man was seen running from the scene of the crime shouting "DEVLOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS!!"

Re:Cause found, not to worry. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23837405)

Was he running on two legs or on all fours?

Re:Cause found, not to worry. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23837477)

He was swinging from tree to tree.

What a relief... (5, Funny)

Dale549 (680107) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837341)

I thought it was my browser ...

Sorry, that was us. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23837347)

We slashdotted their site.

Download Counter (5, Informative)

magister159 (993682) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837357)

As unwise as it may be to post a link to the download counter on slashdot, you can find a real time counter here [mozilla.com] .

By my calculations, they won't be able to hit the 10 million mark in time.

Hard to read (5, Funny)

Mateo_LeFou (859634) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837449)

Sorry, the font on that page is so small I can barely read it.

Re:Hard to read (5, Funny)

neuromancer23 (1122449) | more than 6 years ago | (#23838205)

>> Sorry, the font on that page is so small I can barely read it.

Try it in firefox

Re:Hard to read (1)

Xmastrspy (1170381) | more than 6 years ago | (#23838289)

From 6,797,669 to 6,808,507 in 60 seconds = 10839

Not to bad...

Re:Download Counter (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23837465)

As the new firefox is loading the first few links on search results/web pages in background, they should link to the browser itself on the welcome page you see after upgrading your browser.

This would inflate the download stats as well (as they do with the normal webstats). Their market share probably hasn't even increased, and has only increased due to that feature. The download day is another proof for this!

Re:Download Counter (1)

ToriaUru (750485) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837495)

I hope they do break the record. They do deserve it.

Re:Download Counter (2, Funny)

zeromorph (1009305) | more than 6 years ago | (#23838269)

Up to now the record broke them ... or at least their servers.

I used Firefox 3 beta for quite a while now and it's great. Nice to see that a flagship of FOSS has such a sustained success.

(BTW - yes I missed a chance for a "in soviet russ..."on purpose.)

Re:Download Counter (3, Informative)

pdusen (1146399) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837691)

What 10 million mark? Their stated goal was 1.5 million, and now they're over 6. They've well-surpassed their mark.

Re:Download Counter (1)

magister159 (993682) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837733)

What 10 million mark? Their stated goal was 1.5 million, and now they're over 6. They've well-surpassed their mark.
I thought I had read their stated goal was 10 million downloads. I must have misread it somewhere.

Re:Download Counter (4, Informative)

paroneayea (642895) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837811)

True, unlikely they'll meet the 10 million mark. But originally they were setting a goal of 5 million. Seeing as how it's well over 6 million when I'm writing this, I'd say they're doing a damn fine job.

Re:Download Counter (2, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837885)

Well, since there *was* no actual Guinness Record for this thing before, I'd say they actually broke it with the first download.

Re:Download Counter (0, Troll)

Kamokazi (1080091) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837901)

I'm downloading it at 1:01 pm becase I'm a jackass. That, and Opera 9.5 is still nice and shiny, even has that new browser smell...and I don't want to give it up just yet.

Re:Download Counter (1)

phoenixwade (997892) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837903)

By my calculations, they won't be able to hit the 10 million mark in time.
I don't remember seeing a 10 million Dl target stated anywhere, but the BBC report mentioned a 5 million Download number as being "awesome" [smile].

There apparently is no current record, so this may actually set the bar, and my estimates at the current rate and count will mean FF3 finishes the day around 8 million or so.

The marketing and publicity have been pretty awesome, that's for sure.

Re:Download Counter (1)

blackjackshellac (849713) | more than 6 years ago | (#23838181)

I read that it is estimated to end at 14h16 EST. These are my estimates,

14h16 8441346
14h00 8344914
13h00 7970749

Better luck next time.

Re:Download Counter (1)

Slimee (1246598) | more than 6 years ago | (#23838247)

Bah, I totally forgot to DL a copy yesterday...I guess I'm getting chalked up to the bastards who DL it after 1 pm...maybe I'll DL it on this work computer so I can say I was a record setter

For the record (3, Insightful)

WiglyWorm (1139035) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837361)

Isn't this one of those "there's no record yet, so anything we do is a record" records? Or is this the record book's attempt to record a genuine record and best the record of a previous record holder?

Re:For the record (1)

Enleth (947766) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837447)

It is.

On the other hand, for EVERY record in the record book there was the first time. So we either allow new records to be "invented" to be later beaten, which makes sense, or we stick to the current set indefinitely, which would get a bit boring sooner or later.

Re:For the record (4, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837959)

I myself claimed the "most automobile wreckage ever recovered from a human rectum" record last year. Though the attempt wasn't intentional, I'm damn proud to be in such noteworthy company.

No thanks (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23837367)

It's easier to comply with the licensing terms of Icecat rather than Firefox.

Re:No thanks (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23837943)

Take your troll somewhere else.

Doing well so far (2, Informative)

FoolsGold (1139759) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837373)

As of now, 6.5 million downloads - http://www.spreadfirefox.com/en-US/worldrecord/ [spreadfirefox.com]

Oblig. (1)

martin_henry (1032656) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837639)

In Soviet Russia, downloads count you!

Re:Doing well so far (2, Interesting)

silgaun (1029852) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837787)

I wonder who the 1 person in Chad that downloaded Firefox is

Re:Doing well so far (4, Funny)

WeeLad (588414) | more than 6 years ago | (#23838031)

His name is also Chad.

Re:Doing well so far (1)

distr0 (1161389) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837839)

A few hours after the launch yesterday, the counter was just over 3 million. I was watching the number climb, then it suddenly jumped back to 1.2 million. Is the counter system broken?

Download counter (0, Redundant)

Trestran (715384) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837379)

It took me a while to find it, but you can find a nice downloadcounter at http://downloadcounter.sj.mozilla.com/ [mozilla.com] They're at about 6.5 million at the time of posting.

Re:Download counter (2, Interesting)

antiZ (795568) | more than 6 years ago | (#23838253)

WTF is Turkey doing on the counter updates? It's not scoring particularly well (~50k downloads). There are many countries that kick its ass like Italy (~200k+) or Poland (~160k+) and are growing much quicker. I bet it's due to a mozilla turkish employee who hacked the counter! ;)

And THIS is why you use a CDN of some sort... (5, Interesting)

nweaver (113078) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837385)

I'm quite sure Amazon would have been delighted to host mozilla.com temporarily on the EC2 cloud, or Akamai on their service, just for the bragging rights of supporting the most downloads EVAR!

Victoria's Secret learned a LONG time ago when broadcasting their "Fashion show" online for the first time: If you want to deal with massive hordes of salavating geeks, you need to use a CDN.

Re:And THIS is why you use a CDN of some sort... (4, Funny)

christopherfinke (608750) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837599)

Yeah, because Amazon *never* goes down.

Re:And THIS is why you use a CDN of some sort... (5, Funny)

Anarke_Incarnate (733529) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837667)

Amazon is a pregnant wife?

Re:And THIS is why you use a CDN of some sort... (5, Informative)

jrumney (197329) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837719)

Mozilla does have a content distribution network. www.mozilla.com is an alias for www-mozilla-com.geo.mozilla.com, which resolves to several different addresses at different times even from the same location. The downloads are further passed off to various mirror servers around the world.

Re:And THIS is why you use a CDN of some sort... (5, Funny)

o1d5ch001 (648087) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837785)

with massive hordes of salavating geeks, you need to use a CDN.

I am sure a New Zealander or German would have been just as helpful as a Canadian. But thanks for the complement.

Re:And THIS is why you use a CDN of some sort... (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837923)

You dumbass! Don't you know that a "CDN" is a Canadian form of currency? He's saying they should have paid in Canadian dollars instead of those worthless American ones.

Pointy Haired Wisdom (4, Insightful)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837395)

I understand the promotional impact that the record attempt has, but it still seemed dumb to me to invite the entire world to try to melt your servers by manufacturing a download spike.

It'd be nice if they could use bittorrent to help with the load they're putting on themselves.

During the outage, I was still able to find a mirror ftp site that had the 3.0 install, and download it, but it wasn't as easy as it should have been, and lots of other parts of the mozilla site went down at times, too, making it difficult to find extensions, or just information.

Wally Thought (2, Insightful)

martin_henry (1032656) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837605)

Is it conceivable to think that there are mozilla fanatics out there downloading
just to run up the numbers?

Re:Wally Thought (3, Funny)

phoenixwade (997892) | more than 6 years ago | (#23838013)

Is it conceivable to think that there are mozilla fanatics out there downloading
just to run up the numbers?
it's "inconceivable!" (but the word may not mean what i think it means...... heh

Re:Pointy Haired Wisdom (1)

mgblst (80109) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837713)

You can't easily count bittorrent downloads, especially since they are only counting completed downloads.

But you are correct, it is silly of them to not host the file somewhere else. Even if they build up the hardware sufficiently, which they didn't seem to do, what are they going to do with it afterward?

Re:Pointy Haired Wisdom (1)

AmaranthineNight (1005185) | more than 6 years ago | (#23838129)

From what I remember of the discussions during their 2.0 release, they actually have a ton of mirrors all over the place that they cycle through to have you download from when you click that button on the first page.

In this case, their own servers shouldn't have been handling much of the actual download traffic, so they shouldn't have been buying a ton of extra hardware to deal with the spike. That said, I'm not sure what DID bring their servers down, could enough people just loading their front page at the same time have done that?

Re:Pointy Haired Wisdom (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23838135)

Speaking of bittorrent being hard to count, FTP/direct mirror downloads don't count. You have to through their redirect. Probably some strict requirement from Guinness.

Not impressed with the way this was conducted (3, Informative)

Metasquares (555685) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837397)

It seems like they really botched this, from not knowing when the date would be until last week to starting the day at 1 PM without getting the word out and now to their site going down in the middle of it.

Re:Not impressed with the way this was conducted (1)

GarethSwan (708984) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837461)

You're right. Except that their site went down right at the beginning of it.

Re:Not impressed with the way this was conducted (1)

tlacuache (768218) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837971)

For a few minutes yesterday I reloaded http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/ [mozilla.com] and was greeted with:

<<<<<<< .mine
I clicked "View Source", and yup, the HTML for their FRONT PAGE had an svn merge conflict in it. Oops.

Alittle to concidencental! (0, Flamebait)

hesaigo999ca (786966) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837415)

I wonder if maybe someone at MS paid to have this done, sort of like throwing a wrench into someone's gears or maybe more like throwing a branch into some biker's spokes and watching the crash.

I do hope they try again, and this time have no power problems or server problems, I really like firefox and think it is the best browser of all!

Aren't these guys supposed to be better? (0)

Overzeetop (214511) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837431)

Should we truse folks who can't keep a web server up (and I mean that in the most general sense, with hot failover and multiple backup sites) to give us a browser? I realize this could be considered a troll, but in business you have to realize that many "consumers" think this way. If Verizon had a huge "switch to Verizon" campaign for a particular day and then when everyone called in all they got was busy signals, would you really want to switch to them as a phone provider?

Note: I use only Firefox, and won't switch. Still, it doesn't look very good.

Re:Aren't these guys supposed to be better? (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837529)

It doesn't matter. How many of the 6.5 million downloads do you think are people who are trying it for the first time?

Maybe a few hundred thousand, but that isn't enough to matter, and the high or low quality of the release (beta4 has been fine so far...) will quickly have a much larger impact on the number of users.

Re:Aren't these guys supposed to be better? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23837575)

Sure, 'cause the guys making the browser are the same guys running the servers.

Re:Aren't these guys supposed to be better? (1, Informative)

TheLinuxSRC (683475) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837965)

You are absolutely right. I would never trust [google.com] a company whose site goes down.

I'm waiting for Netcraft confirmation... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23837441)

oh wait. Oh and next time use UTC for your times.

missing tags (1)

v1 (525388) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837443)

whatdidyouexpect (followed by haha) come immediately to mind.

Those tags alone would negate the need for most comments.

firefox should be about quality not hype (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23837451)

This download record nonsense is so silly.

Produce a quality product and the masses will adopt.

Why behave like a TV infomercial or used car dealer?

Half the plugins I use are not firefox 3 ready so I am not downloading until the authors bother to test and update. Bumping or ignoring the plugin version is not always enough.

Re:firefox should be about quality not hype (1, Insightful)

djones101 (1021277) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837585)

So you're blaming the browser developers, who developed a quality product, for addons not working. That's quite...naive.

Holy kneejerk, Batman! (2, Informative)

MasterOfMagic (151058) | more than 6 years ago | (#23838019)

No, he's just not upgrading until all of the pieces are there instead of half-assing it. The "authors" he's talking about are the authors of the extensions, so it looks like he's being reasonable about this. It is the fault of the authors of extensions that their extensions don't work in Firefox 3. Nowhere does he blame the Firefox devs for this.

Not counted (5, Insightful)

HyperQuantum (1032422) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837483)

Only those who download Firefow from the website will be counted? That would be pretty much only the Windows users, I guess.

Lots of people just use Synaptics or whatever package manager their distro provides. In my case it will be typing "emerge -avuDt world". I'm not going to download from the website just to get counted, you know.

Re:Not counted (5, Insightful)

luserSPAZ (104081) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837677)

Not to burst your bubble, but Linux users only account for a tiny percentage of total users anyway, so I don't think it will make much of a difference.

Re:Not counted (3, Informative)

frission (676318) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837725)

If you wanted to be counted, you can download it and NOT install it.

Re:Not counted (0, Troll)

dargaud (518470) | more than 6 years ago | (#23838209)

Exactly what I'll be doing: first it looks too much like IE7 for my taste, and also I'll let others find the bugs in it during the first days !

MEMORY LEAKS AHOY (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23837487)

it still has the memory leak..

AUS: Connection timed out (1)

burgundysizzle (1192593) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837491)

Checking for updates doesn't seem to be working too well, they may be going for a record but I can wait.

Did RC3 become the final release? (1)

khendron (225184) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837505)

I was confused because when I installed on my Windows box, when I first started Firefox it took me to the RC3 welcome page. When I checked the digital signature of the setup exe, it was dated June 11th.

So did RC3 become the final release, and they were just slow to change the welcome page?

Re:Did RC3 become the final release? (3, Informative)

glorpy (527947) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837773)

Yes and yes.

I would just like to say (1, Funny)

eclectro (227083) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837515)

Greenland, you're slackin' off about this.

Re:I would just like to say (1)

JasterBobaMereel (1102861) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837827)

And who are all the Iranians who are downloading it ...?

Re:I would just like to say (4, Funny)

cordsie (565171) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837833)

Greenland is beating North Korea, Western Sahara, and the Falkland Islands COMBINED!

Stale mirrors (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23837517)

Unfortunately their numbers are going to be off, too. I had to download it several times before I got to a mirror that didn't still host RC3..

Netcraft confirms it... (0)

Briareos (21163) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837555)

Mozilla.com is dying. (Under the record load, that is...)

Re:Netcraft confirms it... (1)

AmaranthineNight (1005185) | more than 6 years ago | (#23838171)

I was going to yell at you for using the old, tired meme, but then I decided to RTFA (I know, I know) and noticed that... well, netcraft really does confirm it.

Where is Tux ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23837591)

Is Tux on holiday in the Falkland Islands ?

Actually, it's 2:16 p.m. to 2:16 p.m. (4, Informative)

Robotech_Master (14247) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837695)

The Firefox people decided to start counting the 24 hours at 11:16 a.m. Pacific, after they got their servers back up and everything straightened out.

So take heart, frustrated downloaders: you have 76 more minutes than you thought.

Firefox 2 for a while (1)

glorpy (527947) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837723)

At 4PM Eastern, they were downloading Firefox 2, because that's where the links went. Lessons learned: Heavily mirrored global hosting, a week's notice with the exact times and a thorough double check to confirm that you're presenting the right version are all really important when trying to achieve an arbitrary download record.

How to take market share from Apple. (1)

Lussarn (105276) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837747)

I'm sure the Mozilla people used the Safari auto-download feature to put Firefox on everybodys desktop and downloadfolders.

Too bad Apple can't do the same since Firefox don't have that particular feature yet.

Re:How to take market share from Apple. (2, Informative)

mgiuca (1040724) | more than 6 years ago | (#23838057)

Firefox does have an auto-update feature, and the world record attempt is not counting downloads using it.

Question (5, Insightful)

pdusen (1146399) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837749)

Why is it that 24 hours after the crash happened, we're now hearing about how the servers were down 24 hours ago?

The REAL news: According to the download counter, Firefox has long surpassed their stated goal of 1.5 million downloads, and is now over 6.5 million. This is cause for frontpage news, not the stupid server crash.

Is this the same as the release candidate? (1)

wile_e_wonka (934864) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837801)

I asked my Firefox to check for updates and it tells me there are no updates. But I last installed the release candidate.

Re:Is this the same as the release candidate? (1)

Matthieu Araman (823) | more than 6 years ago | (#23838025)

Yes, the last release candidate become the release.
No need to download anything except if you wan't to increase the counter.

kind of pavlovian, no? (-1, Troll)

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corepirate nazi execrable costs outweigh benefits
(Score:-)mynuts won, the king is a fink)
by ourselves on everyday 24/7

as there are no benefits, just more&more death/debt & disruption. fortunately there's an 'army' of light bringers, coming yOUR way. the little ones/innocents must/will be protected. after the big flash, ALL of yOUR imaginary 'borders' may blur a bit? for each of the creators' innocents harmed in any way, there is a debt that must/will be repaid by you/us, as the perpetrators/minions of unprecedented evile, will not be available. 'vote' with (what's left in) yOUR wallet, & by your behaviors. help bring an end to unprecedented evile's manifestation through yOUR owned felonious corepirate nazi glowbull warmongering execrable. some of US should consider ourselves somewhat fortunate to be among those scheduled to survive after the big flash/implementation of the creators' wwwildly popular planet/population rescue initiative/mandate. it's right in the manual, 'world without end', etc.... as we all ?know?, change is inevitable, & denying/ignoring gravity, logic, morality, etc..., is only possible, on a temporary basis. concern about the course of events that will occur should the life0cidal execrable fail to be intervened upon is in order. 'do not be dismayed' (also from the manual). however, it's ok/recommended, to not attempt to live under/accept, fauxking nazi felon greed/fear/ego based pr ?firm? scriptdead mindphuking hypenosys.

consult with/trust in yOUR creators. providing more than enough of everything for everyone (without any distracting/spiritdead personal gain motives), whilst badtolling unprecedented evile, using an unlimited supply of newclear power, since/until forever. see you there?

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

meanwhile, the life0cidal philistines continue on their path of death, debt, & disruption for most of US. gov. bush denies health care for the little ones;

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/10/03/bush.veto/index.html

whilst demanding/extorting billions to paint more targets on the bigger kids;

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/12/12/bush.war.funding/index.html

& pretending that it isn't happening here;

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article3086937.ece
all is not lost/forgotten/forgiven

(yOUR elected) president al gore (deciding not to wait for the much anticipated 'lonesome al answers yOUR questions' interview here on /.) continues to attempt to shed some light on yOUR foibles. talk about reverse polarity;

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article3046116.ece

Who currently has the record? (2, Interesting)

MMC Monster (602931) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837829)

No mention of it anywhere I looked on the mozilla site...

Re:Who currently has the record? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23838065)

No one was so dumb for attempting this record before ;)

Either way, the real winner is Guinness... (5, Funny)

jpellino (202698) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837927)

If they make it, everyone goes to Guinness' book site to see the record.
If they fail, they'll be drowning their sorrows in pints of Guinness...

Not news. (1)

kevind23 (1296253) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837935)

How the hell is this news? Anyone who's tried visiting the site within the past ~24 hours has already experienced this "groundbreaking" outage. I'd much like to hear how many downloads they've racked up already, or at the very least links to alternative mirrors that are up and running. Plus, this release isn't any different from what I've already been using. And to think I wasted 30+ minutes of my time compiling it.

Potentially harmful? (4, Interesting)

urcreepyneighbor (1171755) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837989)

Ugh. What the hell?

Attempted to download Firefox (Safari on Windows XP) and I get this message when the download is complete:

Windows found that this file is potentially harmful.

To help protect your computer, Windows has blocked access to this file.

Name: Firefox Setup 3.0.exe

Re:Potentially harmful? (5, Informative)

Albanach (527650) | more than 6 years ago | (#23838165)

You might want to read this [microsoft.com] from Microsoft. In particular, take a look at the setting for DefaultFileTypeRisk

bittorrent ... (1, Insightful)

Lazy Jones (8403) | more than 6 years ago | (#23838027)

'nuff said.

Ah yes, and that's something that should be built into Firefox.

So rather than having a set time frame (4, Insightful)

mgiuca (1040724) | more than 6 years ago | (#23838121)

Why not just pick the best 24 hour period after the fact ...

Hence if the site was down for an hour, just collect your data from 11am - 11am instead of 10am.

(I think someone already posted to that effect - but still, they don't have to commit to the first 24 hours, just the best 24 hours).

The Real World Record (1)

Crock23A (1124275) | more than 6 years ago | (#23838179)

The record isn't how many downloads, but rather how many slashdot articles there can be about the same friggin subject.

Double count anyone? (1)

davidpbrown (757067) | more than 6 years ago | (#23838257)

I wondered, as my first download stalled, if partial downloads are counting or only the completed ones.. I also can't make out why the Ubuntu version has been showing as 3.0 for a couple of weeks now. Some have suggested that is turely an RC but it's not obvious.

Direct FTP counted? (2, Interesting)

molo (94384) | more than 6 years ago | (#23838261)

I couldn't hit their servers yesterday, so instead I hit the releases.mozilla.org ftp mirrors directly. Will those count towards the record? Anyone know how they are counting? Thanks.

-molo

1pm - 1pm eastern time is not really a day (0, Offtopic)

Candid88 (1292486) | more than 6 years ago | (#23838265)

"1pm to 1pm eastern time"

That's not really a "day", it's an arbitrary 24 hour period.
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