Mozilla "Download Day" - Are you in or out?

Mozilla "Download Day" - Are you in or out?

Summary: 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?

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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?

Download Day 2008Maybe 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 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"?

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  • no date yet?

    That's what makes it lame. They're promoting a download
    day that hasn't even been scheduled?
  • Out! I'll wait patiently for the update....

    The great centralized update function of Ubuntu 8.04 will present me automatically, in due time, with the newest version of Firefox 3. Fresh from the software repositories of Ubuntu. In the mean time, I'm happy with beta 5.

    For those of you who are curious how this magnificent centralized update thing works:

    This whole record attempt is pretty lame, I think. How many new users do they think they will attract with this stunt? My guess is not many. Let the undeniable quality of Firefox speak for itself, is my opinion.

    Greeting, Pjotr.
    • I second

      The attempt is lame but I think that once it enters the world's book of records, it might attract some new users out of curiosity. It is a marketing stunt that might work.

      Me, I'll wait for Ubuntu's automagic update as well.
    • Ditto

      . Although it's OpenSuSE for me! ]:)
      Linux User 147560
  • RE: Mozilla

    Well I'm too late, I already did it! Love it.
  • Silly stunt

    Wouldn't it make much more sense to seed torrents so the servers don't get buried? Unfortunately for the Foundation, torrents would mess with their record attempt.

    No thanks, I'll wait a few days before I emerge the new version.
    Yagotta B. Kidding
    • Party pooper ;)

      It doesn't cost me any effort to download it whenever. Frankly, I'm a little curious to see if my li'l ol' connection will be the straw that breaks their server. I just think it's a shame they can't have some kind of "millionth customer" prize for the person who does.
    • yawwwwnnnnn

      "You'll get a customized certificate"

      Oh, gosh, this makes me feel so special & unique. I'll be like 752 gazillion other lamers --- wronnnng!

      I like FF. I use FF. I'll eventually DL/install whatever decently functioning version of FF3 that eventually comes out. But join a bunch of non-thinking goobers to be a teeny-tiny-minuscule cog in achieving some meaningless, totally pointless, ephemeral "record"? No, thank you, I think I've got something better to do that day, although I can't think of what it would be right now....

      Bill, unimpressed to say the extreme least
  • RE: Mozilla

    Nah. I probably download, but some other day. I don't really care about helping to break a record that doesn't exist.
  • Add Ons

    The Beta has been out for ages. If an Add On hasnt been updated by now, then chances are it probably wont be.
    • There are still add-ons missing

      Last I checked the Google Toolbar add-on did not work (it's been weeks since I last checked but it actually crashed the browser on start up every time on 2 PCs I tested) and we know for sure that the new Google Earth add-on is not yet supported. So, I think you are wrong about that. You'll still see plenty of add-ons updated in the coming weeks and months. That was the pattern for the last several major releases as well ... many add-ons were not updated until the official release.
      • Missing Add-ons = Blocking Release!

        I recently discovered that the incompatibility of specific popular add-ons are considered bugs severe enough to block the final release of Firefox 3. I found this somewhat amusing, but very very nice. For example, here's the bug about the dependency on Firebug. Note the "blocking‑firefox3+" tag:

        Here's a list of the most popular add-ons and their compatibility statuses, with links to bugs tracking them:
        • Message has been deleted.

  • Out...

    ...for my main system, but in for all my secondary systems. I have to test it somewhere, and the other people who use those secondary systems will help a great deal.
  • Yep. You're a tad cranky. Have some cookies and milk ;)

    D T Schmitz
    • I feel better now ...

      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
  • Don't have an exact date, but will try

    Heh, I'm very busy in June, so I can't make a guarantee, but I'll try.
  • RE: Mozilla

    could care less
  • Ouch!

    "Mozilla ARE organizing...?"

    Last time I looked, Mozilla IS an organization. That's what they call themselves on their home page.

    Singular, not plural.
    • i've always wondered about that.

      i've often seen "are" used when referring to an organization of multiple people. commonly, it's used for bands: "Pearl Jam are releasing a new album". To me, pearl jam IS one band (and mozilla is one organization) so "is" should be used. But it is not uncommon to see "are" used in these situations.

      according to this guy, either could be used: