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Firefox 3.0 Gets Grand Response On Its First Day

With the release of the Firefox 3.0 browser, Mozilla might just enter the Guinness Book of World Records, for the whopping eight million hits for download in a single day.

Within the 24 hours of the software release, it was downloaded an amazing eight million times, claims Mozilla.

This is well beyond the Mozilla's expectation of five million, and it supersedes the 1.6 million mark for Firefox 2.0, introduced in 2006.

The attempt to set the download record was almost shattered in the beginning, as the servers collapsed due to excessive traffic of visitors checking the availability of the software new version.

The data from the servers has been handed over to the Open Source Laboratory at Oregon University for verification.

The auditing experts mentioned that the final figure won't include the duplicate or incomplete downloads.

However, some of the luster of the launch was taken away by reports of first flaws detected in the program.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.