8 Million Downloads of Firefox 3...And Crashing?
Apparently 8 million copies of Firefox 3 were downloaded yesterday, but I guarantee that no more than 7,999,999 are satisfied customers. I was one of those pre-emptively enthusiastic technophiles to nab a copy as soon as the Mozilla servers had finished their early hours of continual crashing but, after Day 1 of use, I have to admit that I'm less than impressed. Although the browser speeds seems to have been marginally improved, I'm not sold on the look, feel, flavour, and flow of the design and user interface.
Have you downloaded it? What do you think of this Guiness record-breaking, 'browser-to-end-all-browsers'?
Take this statistic with a grain of salt, but Mozilla said more than 8 million copies of Firefox 3 were downloaded in its first 24 hours online.
Mozilla, which is behind the open-source Web browser, was trying to set a download record for the software. The 24-hour period lasted from 11:16 a.m. PDT Tuesday to the same time Wednesday, and Mozilla said it's waiting for the Guinness Book of World Records to review the results.
Mozilla showed more than 8 million copies of Firefox 3 were downloaded in its first 24 hours online.
The download rate, which peaked at 14,000 per minute Tuesday, was still going strong at more than 6,000 per minute Wednesday morning.
Less than one day after its launch, Firefox 3 has a vulnerability.
According to Tipping Point's Zero Day Initiative, the vulnerability, which it rates as critical, was reported within the first five hours of Firefox 3's release.
"Once the vulnerability was verified in TippingPoint's DVLabs and acquired from the researcher, the vulnerability was promptly reported to the Mozilla security team," said a representative.
Although the Zero Day Initiative team does not offer specifics until the vendor has a chance to patch it, the blog post did say this vulnerability, which also affects Firefox 2, requires user interaction and could result in an attacker executing arbitrary code.
Mozilla is reported to be working on a fix.