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The popular open-source browser Firefox hit another milestone on Friday when it passed the 400 million download mark.
The browser, distributed by Mozilla, appears to be enjoying exponential growth in terms of downloads. From its launch in 2004, it took one year to reach 100 million downloads. A year later, it hit 200 million downloads....
It is difficult to judge the exact share of the browser market enjoyed by Firefox. The most recent statistics published by W3Counter suggest that Firefox holds a quarter of the market, but most other organisations releasing such statistics suggest a slightly lower figure.
Additionally, you'll have people reloading it onto their new machines, or on recently re-formatted old machines.
In that case, anyone hazard a guess as to what the "installed user base" figure is? I'll guess that it is at least 50 million... and that is still a very respectable figure.
There are also the Mozilla Suite and Mozilla Seamonkey as well as the Netscape variants to consider. I'll guess that pushes the figure past 75 million again.
but ovbiously there's a huge number of downloads which are redundant/reoccuring, don't get completed, or don't get installed.