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Firefox for Guinness World Record - Max downloads a day

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5:51 pm on Jun 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Sounds like a good deal, right? All you have to do is get Firefox 3 during Download Day to help set the record for most software downloads in 24 hours - itís that easy. We're not asking you to swallow a sword or to balance 30 spoons on your face, although that would be kind of awesome.

The official date for the launch of Firefox 3 is June 17, 2008. Join our community and this effort by pledging today.

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5:22 am on June 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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At least we'll have the weekend to get comfortable with Opera 9.5 [webmasterworld.com] before we have to go plug-in hunting for the new version of FF. ;)
5:40 am on June 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I've been running beta 5 for some time - plugins aren't much of a problem so far; many great improvements. I encourage all to take part on the 17th.
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What's the previous record? I'm all signed up - love the beta.

.....Hey, wait. Maybe this is all one big marketing ploy? ;)

9:00 am on June 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Reporting for duty ;) Let's hope the servers can handle it.
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Safe to assume that Firefox 2 will automatically update if you've turned on the auto update feature?
12:08 pm on June 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I agree, this is a pretty lame...
12:43 pm on June 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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.....Hey, wait. Maybe this is all one big marketing ploy?

Naaaahhh... couldn't be. Oh well, I'll get in on it too. I've really enjoyed 3 - 5 so far. Still have a couple of plugins that don't work yet.
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I am eagerly watching want happens. I have nothing to worry as they already had my email id, I have given them nothing new. I am sure there is a marketing mind behind it, and I think, I am going to respect that mind :).
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For most users, Firefox 3 will be an update. If updates are to be counted, then Windows updates ("patch Tuesdays") would definitely beat it hands down (then you have things like Service Packs and IE7 rollout).
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I don't believe updates count. I remember reading that only downloads will be counted and updates to the new version will not. So if you are planning on taking park I guess you have to uninstall the current one first, pretty lame..
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I don't believe updates count. I remember reading that only downloads will be counted and updates to the new version will not. So if you are planning on taking park I guess you have to uninstall the current one first, pretty lame..

If an existing user is forced to remove FF2 first (or to install FF3 next to FF2), it is still an update from version 2 to 3. The internal technical details are not important. It is still just an update (like XP SP2 to SP3).

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Ditto on the doubts about their servers' patience and/or stamina... And some of my favorite add-ons still don't work with FF3RC3, most notably, Google toolbar.

(Google software hasn't been strong on anything but IE in spite of their strong corporate anti-M$ posture)

6:50 am on June 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I'm lined up for tomorrow... and will prevail on all my colleagues to do the same.
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When does tomorrow officially start? Members in Australia and Asia are a bit ahead of the rest of the people here, time wise. ;)
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When does tomorrow officially start? Members in Australia and Asia are a bit ahead of the rest of the people here, time wise.

That's a great point, LOL. I signed up twice, one for home and one for work. Anxious to try out the new one anyway.

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Safe to assume that Firefox 2 will automatically update if you've turned on the auto update feature?

Will it automatically 'update' major versions?!

...then Windows updates ("patch Tuesdays") would definitely beat it hands down...

...ooo that be "patch Wednesdays" down our way!

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The MySQL error was: Too many connections

Doh!

Incidentally, the FAQ page [spreadfirefox.com] (if you can get to it) answers some of the questions above:

- This is the first record attempt of its kind so there is no set number
- A "download" is the transmission of the entire, fully functioning Firefox 3 - not an update

So, it's a new record, and simply requires the transfer of the file - it doesn't matter if you install it or not ;)

[edited by: Receptional_Andy at 10:29 pm (utc) on June 16, 2008]

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When does tomorrow officially start?

The 17th is more than halfway over in Japan. Where's FF3?

Turns out that they're not starting the download until UTC (or GMT/Zulu): Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at 17:00:00. That's 2AM Wednesday for me. I guess everyone in the Americas should be happy with that.

12:36 pm on June 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Here's an FTP link for the anxious:
ftp://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/3.0/

Or here, Windows / en-US version:
[download.mozilla.org...]

5:23 pm on June 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Official download site is unresponsive. Most mozilla sites related to Firefox are also either unresponsive or remarkably sluggish. :/
5:27 pm on June 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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It appears that the result of all the hype is that Mozilla has DDOSed themselves right off-line... And their 503-Service Unavailable page is certainly not a "light" page either. I think they did not fully-consider the potential magnitude of their success before allowing the promotional campaign to go forward...

Best of luck to the FF team and the server and network crews -- FF3rc3 looks good so far!

Jim

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re RonPK's links above, this message is displayed on one of the index files in the download directory

The files in this directory are - for now - only meant to be used by our testers. Downloading them directly can harm our ability to distribute Firefox efficiently, and will also not be counted as part of our attempt to set a Guiness World Record for the most software downloads in a day.

If you'd like to be notifed the minute that we launch, please go to sign up for Download Day. Or just head over to getfirefox.com on Tuesday, June 17th after 10am PDT.

Too bad mozilla.com and this site [spreadfirefox.com] can't carry the load, all timing out.

5:58 pm on June 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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So far, this launch is a big flop. Would have been nice if they were up and running at midnight with proper bandwidth.
6:12 pm on June 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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It keeps redirecting me to the FF2 download. I can't even get FF3.

Even I knew that this would be a huge resource pig, I am not sure why they weren't ready for it.

6:17 pm on June 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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This link seems to be working.

[download.mozilla.org...]

6:19 pm on June 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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If you go to the "Firefox 3 sneak peak" link the official version is there and not the beta anymore.
6:27 pm on June 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Just found that FireBug doesn't work with FF3!

Very upset about this... I am sure there will be one soon. I can't live without it and I am sure other developers feel the same way.

I did find that you can.....
(I don't endorse this but it did work for me... try at own risk)

1. Save the firebug-1.05-fx+fl.xpi file to disk
2. Re-named it to firebug-1.05-fx+fl.zip
3. Opened the zip file, and extracted the file "install.rdf"
4. Opened "install.rdf" with Notepad
5. Changed <em:maxVersion>2.0.0.*</em:maxVersion> to <em:maxVersion>3.0.0.*</em:maxVersion>
6. Saved the file, and replaced the version in the zip file with the new version
7. Renamed the .zip file back to firebug-1.05-fx+fl.xpi
8. Drag-drop firebug-1.05-fx+fl.xpi into an instance of FF3.

And boom it will run... again this isn't endorsed by FF or FB and I have done no long term testing so please don't come back if something breaks and yell at me.

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This is a time when bittorrent makes perfect sense.

This wouldn't be an issue if they were distributing a .torrent file.

6:36 pm on June 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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yeah, bit torrent would have been great but they are there for a record.
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