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Mozilla has officially made history with a new Guinness world record for the largest number of software downloads in a 24-hour period.
The final record breaking 8,002,530 downloads for web browser Firefox 3.0 took place in June.
Personally, I ditched FF3 as soon as I discovered I could not revert the awful bar to normal function. Nor will I be recommending FF to anyone in the future (unless I discover a download link for FF2).
[edited by: encyclo at 1:06 am (utc) on July 4, 2008]
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The "official tally" is about a half million lower than the original tally, so I'm guessing a lot of duplicates were tossed out. 8 million, to me, is an unsurprising number, as it would represent a small portion of the overall FF user base.
The "awesome bar" really annoyed me the first week or two (I'd been running it in beta form on one of my *nix boxes). But I got used to it, and now have turned around to the point where I love it. It's predictive behaviour is, well, predictable, and it makes it much easier to find sites you visited but forgot to bookmark.
Alas, my days of using FF are growing short. 'Been using it since about version 0.7, but now it's getting too popular. As a result, we'll see the malware guys starting to target it more and more. Firefox's success will be its own demise. Security through obscurity is only effective if you're obscure, and Firefox is more mainstream by the day.
As a guy who generally uses Safari for Windows (it just looks so PRETTY!) and with the self-populating address bar function it has (which I do like BTW), I can say that this FF thing doesn't bother me in the slightest.
I am a bit perturbed that it automatically makes FF your default browser upon upgrade. That kind of option should NEVER be decided without user permission first. Makes me wonder how much that had to do with this headline:
Firefox 3 Boosts Browsers Market Share to Over 19% [informationweek.com]
Never been much of a fan of companies that force users to learn how to turn off things in their software in order to restore their previous setups...
I have FF3 installed and can't complain. The address bar hasn't annoyed me yet.
Just a question that popped into my head: Why do we all love open-source free stuff UNTIL it actually grabs some decent market share? Once the percentage of users are in the double digits we shun it like a product from an evil, evil corporation and say things like "It's gotten too big for its own good." It appears that we can't stand when a free piece of software hits the mainstream market. I bet if Linux hit a 10% user base, many people would kick it to the curb.
Or perhaps we don't like the added features with each iteration of the software, which are actually necessary to appeal to the mass market. That's something to ponder.
Underground software has to remain underground, or the very people who fought for it to be mainstream, will curse it to the grave.
[downloadcounter.sj.mozilla.com...] shows about 29,400,000 downloads... Let's take the 4% figure, quoted in the above linked site... it means there would be about 735,000,000 active Internet users. If we take, like, 1,200,000,000 total Internet users (1,018,057,389 in 2005, from the CIA Factbook), it means there would be about 61% of active Internet users, among all the Internet users.
If we take the number of 6,678,000,000 people on Earth (july 2008 estimate, again, from the CIA Factbook), it means there are, on Earth, about 11% of active Internet users.
(I hope I didn't make any mistake, now...).
[edited by: Mathieu_Bonnet at 3:02 pm (utc) on July 3, 2008]
The new default theme lacks something, though...perhaps that good ol' fashioned Firefox look. FF3 became a lot more aesthetically pleasing after I installed the Phoenity Aura theme. One of my favorite built-in features now is CTRL+SHIFT+T, which allowed me to ditch Tab Mix Plus altogether. And yes, Gmail and a handful of other web apps run noticeably faster now.
I understand that a lot of this version was code cleanup and optimization, but from the looks of it, this is really nothing more than Firefox 2.5 at best.
I went back to version 2 after I found a few plugins that did not work. e.g. Firebug
Disabling extension compatibility checking can take care of a lot of this stuff. Just go to
and right-click to create a new Boolean entry. Name it
and set it to false.
This will allow you to install any extension. Most will work, but some that are badly out of date may not work completely or at all. Some may even crash the browser, in which case you'll have to edit some text files and delete some directories in your profile to salvage it. But that can be done inside of two minutes if you know what you're looking for.