Firefox 3 downloaded more than 8 million times, record waiting to be officialized

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There was more than 8 million downloads of Firefox 3.0 during a 24-hour period yesterday, making “Download Day” an unqualified success. As I type this, the total number of downloads is 8,846,784.

The Mozilla team is currently talking to the Guinness World Record officials about to what degree Firefox set a record. Hickey says the unofficial record for downloads in a 24-hour period is 5 million (“I read it somewhere yesterday,” he says), and I’m inclined to believe him.

There’s a fun map on the Firefox site showing country-by-country downloads. The highest number is the U.S. with (so far) 2.69 million downloads. The lowest? Liberia has four downloads so far. Western Sahara, which may or may not be an officially recognized country, has zero downloads. But my guess is that the people there have more pressing things on their mind than the Awesome Bar.

How’s the transition from 2.0 to 3.0 been for y’all? I don’t use too many extensions (only AdBlock and Better Gmail), so everything has been fine on my end.

via Bits New York Times Blog

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