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8 Million Firefox 3 downloads in one day!

Firefox is now, truly, a major force in the Internet browser market, achieving a record-breaking 8 downloads in the the first 24 hours of it’s launch on June 17, and raking up even more millions everyday since reaching an estimated 21 million downloads by the time you read this.

Firefox fans download 9,000 copies a minute, eclipsing the previous record set by Firefox 2 which was a total of 1.6 million downloads in one day; all this pressure caused the download site, spreadfirefox.com, to slow down and it even down for around two hours. Imagine how many downloads would have been added if it wasn’t down or slow for a single minute throughout this historic 24 hours!

The Guinness Book of Records is now reviewing the data to announce this World Record attempt. The significance is that an open-source, free software has achieved this in a world dominated by Microsoft Internet?Explorer, which we actually pay for as part the Windows Vista license.

Most importantly, Firefox 3 is miles ahead of IE7, and I can safely say that I have been using it for a week and am very impressed.

Firefox 3 includes enhancements to help users organize their frequently visited Web sites and block access to sites known to distribute viruses and other malicious software. Users of Yahoo Inc.’s mail service can also use Firefox 3 to send e-mail by clicking a “mailto” link they might come across clicking on a name or a “contact us” link on a Web page. Previously such links could only open a standalone, desktop e-mail program.

Firefox 3 also offers other design and speed improvements.

Back to some download statistics, it seems Jordanians are getting in on the action, with around 5,500 downloads of Firefox3. Compared to other countries in our region, that’s not bad.?Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE lead with around 33,000, 29,000, 27,000 respectively. Here’s a shocker, Israel on its own has more downloads, at 99,000, than these top three Arab countries together!

Back to Arab countries, and on the bright side for us in Jordan, we’ve have surpassed Lebanon,?Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Oman. But, smaller countries like Kuwait and Qatar are significantly ahead of us.
Anyway, all these statistics are available to see at http://www.spreadfirefox.com/worldrecord.
So, what does all this mean?

It means that, in this connected world we live today, we’re all going to have the opportunity to obtain free software, that is developed by a devoted and capable community, and which beats the corporate-produced products of companies like Microsoft.

What a revolution. I wonder what Microsoft will do to curb this movement’s enthusiasm. Can it do anything at all, other than give away software?

Maybe this explains the company’s announced future focus on advertising revenue, and failed attempts to acquire Yahoo. Gates and Ballmer of Microsoft are smart people. They see what we’re seeing, and they know: Open source and fee software are the future.

Marseille,07 04 2008
The Star
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