The day after Download Day

The day after Download Day

Summary: Now that Mozilla's Download Day has come to an end, it's time to do a quick round up of what we know:

TOPICS: Browser

Now that Mozilla's Download Day has come to an end, it's time to do a quick round up of what we know:

  • The day after Download DayDownload Day officially begun at 11:16PDT yesterday (server problems moved it forward from 10:00PDT)
  • Total downloads in the region of 8.3 million (the actual number of Guinness World Record qualifying downloads will be announced in a few days)
  • That works out as an average of 5,700 per minute
  • Downloads per minute were around 10,000 per minute during the last half hour of Download Day
  • Nearly 2.6 million downloads in the US alone
  • Firefox 3.0 market share now hovers at around 3.5 - 4.0%, up from 0.96% at the start of Download Day (the total Firefox market share for May stood at 18.41%) - Data by Net Applications


Here's a look at the market share data for the period:


All in all, it's been a pretty good 24 hours for Mozilla, considering things got off to a bad start. It'll be interesting to keep an eye on the browser market share data for the next few months and see if Firefox 3.0 and Download Day will have an overall effect on the number of Firefox users out there.

[UPDATE: Oh, and here comes the inevitable zero-day vulnerability ...]

[UPDATE: According to Net Applications, Firefox 3.0 usage peaked at 6.2% on 6/19/2008 at 5:00:00 AM (EDT)]


Topic: Browser

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  • Got mine from Synaptic

    so there must be uncounted ones out there.
    • Got one copy via Update Manager

      So do all the updates from beta on Ubuntu 8.04 installations count? Good question. I got my 3.0 final before midnight on Download Day from the Ubuntu repository through Update Manager. That had to add a lot if so.

      I have a Windows XP installation too so I may have been counted twice. So it begs the question. What does the Download Day count mean in terms of actual users?
  • updates counted

    were automatic updates from beta users counted as d/l ?
  • Firefox 3.0 will help Firefox cross the 25% barrier

    This was an unprecedented event in the history of software application.

    No software application has attained or achieved this kind of user base in 24 hours.

    Momentum is on it's side. e can see Mozilla browsers crossing the 25% market share barrier in next few weeks.

    (we still got 100 desktops and 50 plus laptops that we could not upgrade yesterday at one of my customer sites. This party was mostly individual downloads, not business or corporate deployments that will start kicking in today)
    • I don't know...

      I would think most of the people who downloaded are already familiar with non-IE browsers, if not full blown Firefox fans. How would an IE7 user like Firefox 3? Well, obviously more people will be concerned about interface than security (and IE7 actually holds an advantage in security), but are the interface improvements in FF3 really THAT great to prompt 5-10% of IE users to switch? I don't think they are, but I'm more than willing to be proven wrong.
      Michael Kelly
      • Speed and Memory

        IE is the slowest browser out there. Opera/Firefox/Safari are all MUCH faster when used on your basic broad band connection. IE7 still has a slight edge in security over FF3 I think. And Opera is still in the "we are too small to care about" bracket (not that this is a real form of security). And Safari has some issues, but its a very young browser and still a work in progress. Give it another year and it will be able to play with the big dogs.

        But in all reality, most people use whatever comes on their computer. And that is generally IE7.
        • I found it on my Mom's PC

          That's when I knew it was on the way. Yes, many people use IE simply because it comes with their Windows PC. However, everyone I've shown and installed FF for has loved it, and never looked back.

          As far as security, there may be a slight edge one way or the other. However, given the numerous security enhancement plugins that FF offers (NoScript being my favorite), I think the overall win goes to FF.
      • IE7 security

        With NoScript and AdBlock Plus, FF3 is the most secure browser around today, bar none. And the biggest security feature in Firefox IMO is the speed with which vulnerabilities are fixed once they're known to them(and they reveal the presence of bugs as and when one is found, they don't keep mum about it and hope no one will notice), instead of waiting for the next 'patch Tuesday' or Service Pack.
        As for the UI, anyone using FF3 regularly for more than a week is unlikely to go back to IE. It just makes browsing the web so much easier and enjoyable in so many subtle ways it grows on you the longer you use it.
    • Market Share?

      lol,what does that mean for the 300 copys i downloaded? do they go for market share? lol
    • Market Share

      Um, I'm confused.

      If no one is making money off of this market share, then why is it important?

      The only thing Firefox does is pushes MS to make a better browser.

      But at the end of the day this whole competition thing is like this "gee, who can make the best, non-profit making, revenue sinkhole?"

      I, for one, don't give a crap who wins because I end up with a better browser. But for too many other folk, this is a religion.

      Pretty sad!
  • I am trying it

    I am trying it out because I am concerned about the reported security issues related to IE.7 and because I want to try Thunderbird as a potential email centre.

    I'm figuring out how to make it work for me and so far it seems to be pretty good. I don't see much improvement over IE in terms of searches or page loading but then with broadband, everything seems to go fast except for some of the UK newspaper sites. I still have to try Thunderbird and when I have done that, I'll decide whether or not to switch away from MS IE and Outlook and move to the Mozilla products.
    Until then, I'm using both to try to determine which is best for me.
    • Usually comes down to calendaring

      Thunderbird with SMTP, LDAP and IMAP works well for
      email and address books.

      Firefox is a great browser, paired with HTTP server (like

      Sunbird (Mozilla calendaring tool) biggest weakness is the back-end. I was hoping the community would jump on
      Apple's CalDAV server, but progress appears slow.

      These components have the potential to provide a far more
      scalable collaboration server than exchange, and all built
      on open source.
      Richard Flude
    • Firefox and Thunderbird are My Favorites

      I am a long time Firefox and Thunderbird user for over 3 years now. I also use Open Office and many other free & Open Source software titles. The best software in my opinion is free in most cases, and Microsoft can kiss my a$# if they think I am going to pay almost $400 for their slow-bloated-ugly office suite. Outlook would only suck if it was free, but it amazes me the ignorance of people that actually pay for it, heres why:
      Backing up Outlook and keeping all the settings is a total nightmare even with software. Thunderbird is as easy as creating a folder and pointing to it with the profile manager. All rules, settings, contacts, EVERYTHING is saved in one location. Well, this thread isn't about Thunderbird so let me just say that I LOVE FIREFOX, and even if I didn't hate Microsoft so much , I would still not use IE7. Oh and did I mention all the awesome add-ons, plugins and themes for Firefox? Try Foxmarks (for your bookmarks), it's my favorite.
  • RE: The day after Download Day

    Well, I have had FF installed on all my computers since version 1 and I downloaded version 3 on the first day. I only use FF to test my websites however, it is not my regular browser. To include me in the marketshare numbers therefore is a false padding of the number. I am sure there are plenty of people like me who download the app but seldom if ever use it.
    • If you use it...

      I am just the opposite - I use FF 99% of the time, and have IE only because some sites don't allow anything else (like MS).
      I'm sure there are a few of us also. If you download and use it, you count.
  • RE: The day after Download Day

    This is what Firefox 3 is doing for me. Firefox 2 worked fine.

    We're Sorry

    Firefox had a problem and crashed. We'll try to restore your tabs and windows when it restarts.
  • RE: The day after Download Day

    Just curious so I downloaded FF. Seemed to work fine until it just disapeared! No warning, no error message, nothing. JUST GONE with all the pages I was using for research! What a PAIN! Even when IE says it needs to close (at least you get a warning) you can - most of the time - see the pages that were already open, and copy the links. Thanks, but I think I'll wait for IE8.

    But I guess my download "COUNTS" none the less...
  • RE: The day after Download Day

    I removed it today because it doesn't perform as good as ff2.Had to install IETab to get most of the pages to work at all.When you right click on a blank space in the browser to go back all i got was copy/paste.The "awesome bar" just brings up mozilla sites in the browser not any that were saved.Maybe they will get it fixed soon.Mine still reports the same version as rc2.
    • eh?

      Going back by clicking on a 'blank space'? You mean, through the popup menu? It never gave you navigation abilities in Firefox! As far as I remember, Opera, Safari and IE don't, either. You want to go back in browsing history, you press Ctrl+left.
      The 'awesome bar' learns - it shows whatever matches what you've entered already, and if you haven't typed anything yet, it shows the most visited pages - since you just started, considering you visited twice and all other pages only once, guess which page shows up first?

      As for the version number, as announced by the Mozilla team, RC3 was shipped as final, and for Windows and Linux the RC3 build was copied over from RC2 - only the Mac version got a last minute fix prompting a new RC.

      So, for Windows, RC2 is Final bit for bit. A Release Candidate isn't rebuilt if it's deemed final (that's why it's a RC, it's a candidate for release). It isn't built again, it isn't rebranded, it's shipped as-is.

      Mitch 74
    • Probably not the final release

      This is what you should see in the "About Mozilla Firefox" dialog:
      Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9) Gecko/2008052906 Firefox/3.0
      Looks as though your are not running the final version. I duplicated your procedure and all works as it should. And I get a bunch of different sites I've visited in the drop down from the "awesome" bar.
      I think Firefox 3.0 is a great piece of software, but does anybody besides me hate the term "awesome bar?"