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Firefox Download Day Starts After Delays

Heavy interest stalled, but didn't stop, the world record attempt

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Overwhelming interest in Firefox 3, and the opportunity to set a world record for most software downloads in 24 hours, slowed the start of Firefox Download Day. It’s running fine now.

It’s after 5 pm EDT, and Firefox Download Day is well under way. The site listed over 1.3 million downloads so far, only a few short hours after opening the servers to the masses.

Like many tech projects, Firefox Download Day gave Mozilla’s engineers some last-minute worries. Eager downloaders slowed Mozilla Foundation servers to the point of inaccessibility for a brief period of time as the expected start of the record-download tracking approached.

“The outpouring of interest and enthusiasm around Firefox 3 has been overwhelming (literally!),” Melissa Shapiro said earlier at the Mozilla Blog.

Our download and installation of Firefox 3, replacing the most recent full version of Firefox 2, proceeded briskly. Some add-ons for the browser may need an update from their developers for compatibility with Firefox 3, as we discovered; we expect maintainers of the most actively developed add-ons to respond quickly.

One of those, the browser add-on StumbleUpon, should have a new version available in the next few days to function with Firefox 3.

“The Firefox 3 Smart Location Bar will allow StumbleUpon users to quickly access their past favorites by typing text into the location bar where the auto-complete function will begin to display matching Stumbles,” StumbleUpon said in a statement.

Firefox Download Day Starts After Delays
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  • http://www.furniturequest.com FurnitureQuest

    All of our sites are seeing increased FireFox traffic. They’re obviously doing something right…

  • http://www.crearedesign.co.uk Adam – Creare Web Design

    You’d expect the most largely used add ons such as ad blocker to be readily updated very soon. It’s not an add on that people would be comfortable being without.

    I hope Mozilla have put a lot of effort into this new browser to maintain its stance as the best.

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    great things take time tio get used to

    I am still trying to figure out how get my add ons back