Tuesday, June 17, 2008

FireFox 3 Record Attempt Crashes Servers

Mozilla has been campaigning for several weeks to try to set a world record with the official release of the newest version of FireFox, however the attempt might be hampered by failing servers.

Mozilla encouraged users to host download parties so it could set a Guinness World Record for the number of downloads in one day. Currently, Guinness does not hold recorded information on the number of downloads in a single day.

Nevertheless, Mozilla has generated plenty of excitement about the launch, with nearly 2 million people saying they would download the latest version. In fact, so many people tried to access the site that the servers appeared to crash. Attempts to reach the site for the latest version of Firefox were unsuccessful at least 20 minutes after the 1 p.m. Eastern time zone launch. Mozilla hopes to successfully complete 5 million downloads of the browser in 24 hours.

Several of my own attempts to download the latest version sent me to a page producing results for the latest official release of FireFox 2. However I was later successful in downloading from one of the official mirrors. Several sites such as MajorGeeks.com are also hosting the files for anyone wishing to go through unofficial channels.

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