Mozilla is organizing a "Download Day" to promote Firefox 3.0 and set a Guinness World Record for the most downloaded software in 24 hours. Are you in or out?
Maybe it's me and I'm feeling a little cranky today because I've not had my juice box yet but this stunt feels a little lame to me, especially in light of this entry in the FAQ:
Do we have to reach a specific number of downloads in order to set the record?
This is the first record attempt of its kind so there is no set number. We'd really like to outdo the number of Firefox 2 downloads on its launch day, which was 1.6 million. Let's shoot for 5 million--the sky is the limit!
I'm pretty enthusiastic about Firefox 3.0 and this marks the point where I say goodbye to Internet Explorer as my main browser on most of my systems. However, that said, I'm not rushing my roll-out of the browser just because of some lame record attempt.
Yes, I'll download a copy on "Download Day" and install that on one system, but truth be told, I'll probably wait it out until version 184.108.40.206 or so before making a total switch.
[UPDATE: A reader going by the name of d-dave emailed me with an important point about add-ons:
"If Mozilla aren't careful this "Download Day" stunt could backfire on them. Not only do we need the browser to be ready, we also need the add-ons to be ready too otherwise "Download Day" will turn into rollback day as users are disappointed to see that their favorite add-on is not yet supported."]
So, what's your plan for ""Download Day"?