Saturday, September 20, 2008

Firefox claims download success

Mozilla is claiming a download record for the release of Firefox 3.0.

Mozilla was trying to set the new world download record when launching Firefox, version 3.0 on 17 June 2008. However, there was some problem from the start as the servers handling the downloads collapsed while there were many visitors waiting to download the new version. The record attempt start once the servers were up and running. At the busiest the servers were handling more than 9,000 downloads per minute. Within 5 hours the number of downloads for version 3.0 went beyond 1.6 million set by version 2.0 in October 2006. The total downloaded was 8.3 million times over the 24 hour record setting period.

The download logs from the servers must be then verified by the Open Source Labs at Oregon State University where the duplicate and unfinished download are not counted. The process could take a week to finish.


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