Mozilla's Firefox Garners Quick 2 Million Downloads - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

11:52 AM

Mozilla's Firefox Garners Quick 2 Million Downloads

Last year, Mozilla didn't fare nearly as well. Within hours of the release of Firefox 1.0, the Mozilla site had massive availability problems, apparently a non-issue this time around.

Mozilla's servers weathered the release of Firefox 1.5 much better than last year's roll-out of 1.0, a Web performance company said Thursday, with the systems showing no evidence of downtime.

Mozilla's distributed network of mirror sites in 30 countries, said U.K.-based Netcraft, "appears to be handling current download demand with few difficulties."

Last year, Mozilla didn't fare nearly as well. Within hours of the release of Firefox 1.0 on Nov. 9, 2004, the Mozilla site had availability problems and showed response times so slow that some users were forced to Google's cached sites to get their copy of the browser.

Netcraft has posted a dynamically-updated set of performance charts for Mozilla's servers.

Mozilla Corp.'s executives, meanwhile, claimed that more than 2 million downloads of Firefox 1.5 have already been processed since the browser's late Tuesday debut.

"Demand continues to be high, greatly exceeding what we saw last year with the release of Firefox 1.0," said Chris Beard, Mozilla's head of products, on his blog.

Firefox 1.5 is available from the newly activated site. Although the domain was registered more than 11 years ago, it was only brought online with the release of 1.5.

The company's SpreadFirefox marketing site, however, still remains offline as it prepares the next campaign to push the browser.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
State of the Cloud
State of the Cloud
Cloud has drastically changed how IT organizations consume and deploy services in the digital age. This research report will delve into public, private and hybrid cloud adoption trends, with a special focus on infrastructure as a service and its role in the enterprise. Find out the challenges organizations are experiencing, and the technologies and strategies they are using to manage and mitigate those challenges today.
IBM Puts Red Hat OpenShift to Work on Sports Data at US Open
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  8/30/2019
IT Careers: 10 Places to Look for Great Developers
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  9/4/2019
Cloud 2.0: A New Era for Public Cloud
Crystal Bedell, Technology Writer,  9/1/2019
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Current Issue
Data Science and AI in the Fast Lane
This IT Trend Report will help you gain insight into how quickly and dramatically data science is influencing how enterprises are managed and where they will derive business success. Read the report today!
White Papers
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll