The Transform Technology Summits start October 13th with Low-Code/No Code: Enabling Enterprise Agility. Register now!

Sometimes a race horse stumbles out of the gate and it wins anyway. Such is the case with Mozilla’s Firefox 3.

Mozilla put out a lofty goal of 5 million downloads for Firefox 3 on the first day. As of noon today, the number stands at just over 8.5 million. In the United States alone, over 2.6 million people have downloaded the browser. Very, very impressive.

While attempting to set a Guinness World Record for software downloads in a 24-hour period — a record, which incidentally didn’t exist — Mozilla badly botched up its start time. Users who tried to access Firefox’s site at the scheduled 10 AM PST start time were met with 404 pages or hung pages. It was only when some enterprising users figured out the direct links to the downloads that things started to get underway.

Mozilla, who had been asking every single person in the world to wait for this 10 AM PST launch, slyly decided to push back the start time for its record-setting day. Back in the playground days we called this cheating, but hey, some people play golf with mulligans.

Not that it mattered. As it turns out, Mozilla would have easily set the record anyway.

The Microsoft Internet Explorer team, Firefox’s main rivals, even sent Mozilla a cake.

[photo: flickr/akeg]


VentureBeat's mission is to be a digital town square for technical decision-makers to gain knowledge about transformative technology and transact. Our site delivers essential information on data technologies and strategies to guide you as you lead your organizations. We invite you to become a member of our community, to access:
  • up-to-date information on the subjects of interest to you
  • our newsletters
  • gated thought-leader content and discounted access to our prized events, such as Transform 2021: Learn More
  • networking features, and more
Become a member