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Photos: Firefox fans find unique ways to celebrate browser

Oregon State's Linux User Group finds unique ways to celebrate milestones of its favorite Web browser.
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Lift-off

To celebrate the 100 millionth download of Mozilla's Firefox Web browser, the Linux Users Group at Oregon State University launched a weather balloon with the help of the Oregon Space Grant Consortium. Here, Firefox-One goes airborne above a cheering crowd of enthusiastic Firefox fans.

After the launch, the group got together for a Mozilla add-ons review session. Ongoing user review is one of the things that has led to Firefox's success.

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Filling balloon

Mandy Huxman, Ron Rinehart and Matt Viehdorferfill, members of NASA's LaunchOregon team who helped put on the event, fill the balloon, which eventually ascended to 100,000 feet into the air with a banner carrying the Firefox logo trailing behind.

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Supply truck

Canisters of the helium used to fill Firefox-One. Is that a Windows sticker on that laptop? Scandalous!

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Painted logo

In honor of the 50 millionth download of Firefox, members of OSU's Linux Users Group painted a 30-foot logo on the school's quad. From left to right, four of the nocturnal artists, Stuart McKim, Brandon Philips, Alex Polvi and Beth Gordon, show off their work.

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Painted logo

The finished product glows at daybreak.

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Blue hand

Recreational hazard: One group member shows the downside that comes with using their chosen artistic medium (temporary paint made from a mixture of corn starch, food coloring, Kool-Aid, and water).

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