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Mozilla aims for nonexistent download record with Firefox 3

Mozilla on Wednesday said that it is aiming to set a Guinness World Record for software downloads in 24 hours with Firefox 3. The date for this download extravaganza is sometime next month.
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Written by Larry Dignan on

Mozilla on Wednesday said that it is aiming to set a Guinness World Record for software downloads in 24 hours with Firefox 3. The date for this download extravaganza is sometime next month.

In a somewhat corny approach, Mozilla is urging its users to joint regional download fests, pledging to get Firefox 3 and spreading the word. Consider it the Super Bowl of browser downloading.

The rub: There is no download record compiled by Guinness. In an FAQ, Mozilla notes:

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!

In other words, Mozilla is a lock to create a record as long as it sticks to the Guinness rules.

Mozilla is also hoping folks will hold Firefox parties. It appears that these parties will be BYOBrowser.

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