Mozilla Outage During Record Firefox Download Bid
Mozilla is going for a world record on its inital release of Firefox 3, but their fans are a bit too keen: Downloading the new browser vesion was like getting Stones tickets, and Mozilla's beleagured servers had to stop and catch their breath.
Melissa Shapiro posted a statement on the Mozilla blog to say that their servers were feeling the burn and should be back to normal shortly. An earlier post stated that the record attempt would begin today at 5pm UTC, but Shapiro announced after this time that the 24 hour period in which the downloads will be counted will begin once the site goes live.
Netcraft was able to access the Firefox 3 download page again shortly after 7pm UTC, but the Service Unavailable message was still seen occasionally.
Since they decided to run their day from 1pm to 1pm eastern time, the download day is actually still going, so you can still get firefox and be part of the record.