Linked by David Adams on Fri 4th Jul 2008 15:48 UTC, submitted by Merciades
Mozilla & Gecko clones The Firefox project was rewarded on Wednesday when Guinness World Records accepted that the 8,002,530 downloads of Firefox on 'Download Day' in June constituted a world record. Firefox is now officially in the record books for receiving the most downloads from a Web site with a 24-hour period.
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Grats to firefox!
by Kishe on Fri 4th Jul 2008 15:54 UTC
Kishe
Member since:
2006-02-16

Firefox 3.0 is worth it's weight in gold.

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RE: Grats to firefox!
by Kroc on Fri 4th Jul 2008 15:57 UTC in reply to "Grats to firefox!"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

How much does a byte weigh in grams? :S

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RE: Grats to firefox!
by sappyvcv on Mon 7th Jul 2008 15:43 UTC in reply to "Grats to firefox!"
sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

So it's worthless?

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So what
by rom508 on Fri 4th Jul 2008 16:59 UTC
rom508
Member since:
2007-04-20

At the end of a day, Firefox is just a web browser, no more, no less. HTTP, HTML/XML, Flash, etc., are nothing new and exciting, I hope those technologies will be superceded by something better. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only person who's not rushing to install Firefox 3.

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RE: So what
by mtzmtulivu on Fri 4th Jul 2008 17:35 UTC in reply to "So what"
mtzmtulivu Member since:
2006-11-14

yes, it is just a browser but having more than one dominant browser will force web developers to code to the standards and web browser's companies to improve on their implementations of their browsers through peer pressure and reviews against other browsers ..

firefox popularity at some level have increased your browsing experience, in whatever browser you prefer to you

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MS
by happycamper on Fri 4th Jul 2008 17:44 UTC
happycamper
Member since:
2006-01-01

Microsoft breaks that record daily with their windows update site.

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RE: MS
by mallard on Fri 4th Jul 2008 18:13 UTC in reply to "MS"
mallard Member since:
2006-01-06

Do they? Do that many people actually go to the Windows update web site daily? Remember that the record is most downloads from a *website*, so automatic updates and Vista users (who now have a non-web-based Windows update) don't count.

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RE[2]: MS
by happycamper on Fri 4th Jul 2008 21:03 UTC in reply to "RE: MS"
happycamper Member since:
2006-01-01

Do they? Do that many people actually go to the Windows update web site daily? Remember that the record is most downloads from a *website*, so automatic updates and Vista users (who now have a non-web-based Windows update) don't count.


remember windows is installed 90% of the desktops i would say yes, huge amount of people like pc tech,corporate business admins,etc, there are always people installing windows more then firefox.

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With all due respect...
by cmost on Fri 4th Jul 2008 18:00 UTC
cmost
Member since:
2006-07-16

Big deal! So what if Firefox 3 earned a place in the record books for being downloaded a lot. Does it perform up to expectations? That's the bigger question.

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RE: With all due respect...
by shadoweva09 on Fri 4th Jul 2008 23:24 UTC in reply to "With all due respect..."
shadoweva09 Member since:
2008-03-10

It doesn't, on my 64 bit vista machine it randomly crashes for no apparent reason, more so on gmail. No fixes in sight, and there seem to be more cases with different causes of crashes.

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The big deal
by agrouf on Fri 4th Jul 2008 18:19 UTC
agrouf
Member since:
2006-11-17

The big deal here is that more than 8 million people downloaded software from the same web site in 24 hours. This is a big achievement both in terms of marketing and the infrastructure put in place on that day to deliver gigabytes every seconds of the whole 24 hours.
I don't know many organizations that can gather together a community so well organized to achieve such an event.
Kudos to the mozilla team and to the community around it!

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RE: The big deal
by rxcall on Fri 4th Jul 2008 20:46 UTC in reply to "The big deal"
rxcall Member since:
2007-03-18

You are an idiot if you think 8 million people downloaded FF.
It was probably more like 2 million downloading it 4 times each!

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RE[2]: The big deal
by barakedry on Fri 4th Jul 2008 22:24 UTC in reply to "RE: The big deal"
barakedry Member since:
2008-07-04

from http://www.spreadfirefox.com/en-US/worldrecord/faq:
"What is Mozilla doing to make sure the record attempt is valid?

Mozilla will only count downloads that are fully and completely transmitted, not partial or complete updates. We will also discard duplicate downloads with the help of a cookie system. We will be logging our downloads using Apache and these logs will be made available for audit to Guinness World Records™, as well as two judges - Corey Shields and Paul Vixie."


I guess gathering and convincing 2 million people to download it 4 times each, would be considered even a bigger achievement.

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Comment by kittynipples
by kittynipples on Fri 4th Jul 2008 23:23 UTC
kittynipples
Member since:
2006-08-02

Every time I visit a website, I download files from it. Any site that gets more daily traffic than the firefox site should qualify for this silly "world record"

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RE: Comment by kittynipples
by saucerful on Sat 5th Jul 2008 01:53 UTC in reply to "Comment by kittynipples"
saucerful Member since:
2008-06-12

yeah, how many times a day does the google logo image get downloaded? At least twenty times each day by myself alone...

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RE: Comment by kittynipples
by Marcin on Sat 5th Jul 2008 03:51 UTC in reply to "Comment by kittynipples"
Marcin Member since:
2007-06-06

Every time I visit a website, I download files from it. Any site that gets more daily traffic than the firefox site should qualify for this silly "world record"


Yes, but in such case you download files such as images unwillingly. In case of Firefox 3.0, over 8 million people decided to download it by themselves.

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RE[2]: Comment by kittynipples
by satan666 on Sat 5th Jul 2008 12:35 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by kittynipples"
satan666 Member since:
2008-04-18

"Every time I visit a website, I download files from it. Any site that gets more daily traffic than the firefox site should qualify for this silly "world record"

What's wrong with you people?
The record is about downloading software, not files. Firefox is an application. Those files are not. I don't know how to put it better than that. Should I draw the schema for you?
And someone mentioned the Windows updates. Those are UPDATES.
Firefox 3 is an entire application.
The record is about downloading an entire application, not an update to an application.

Edited 2008-07-05 12:36 UTC

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