In just five hours, the new version of the Firefox Web browser had as many downloads as its predecessor got during its entire first day, the software’s developers say.
Firefox 3 reached 1.6 million downloads by early evening Tuesday to match Firefox 2’s first-day downloads.
In the opening hours, Firefox’s Web site was distributing nearly 9,000 copies of the free software every minute.
Downloads continued Wednesday as Firefox supporters sought to set a world record for most software downloads in a 24-hour period.
The category is new, and Guinness World Records must certify it, a process that could take a week or longer.
And I have to admit, it looks good.
I’m almost always an “early adopter” when it comes to stuff like this. But I have Firefox tricked out with so many different plugins, and it frightens me to think how many of the ones I rely on for work and blogging will be broken by an upgrade, and slow to get updated.