Wednesday, July 09, 2008

World Record Download? Where was the contest?

NOTE: This is not a rant against FireFox. For the record, it is my browser of choice and gets equal time with Safari.

I recently became aware and annoyed of a claim by Mozilla stating they own the world record (stamped by Guiness World Records nonetheless) for the most software downloads in one single day. This claim is obviously somewhat hollow as the details are slim to none, nor was anyone else in the industry that I am aware of even invited to the party.

You can read the claim here:

"Thanks to the support of the always amazing Mozilla community, we now hold a Guinness World Record for the most software downloaded in 24 hours. From 18:16 UTC on June 17, 2008 to 18:16 UTC on June 18, 2008, 8,002,530 people downloaded Firefox 3 and are now enjoying a safer, smarter and better Web."

How many downloads does Apple or Microsoft get when they update their OS? I looked at the figures of both Microsoft and Apple and figure both of them have probably beat this on several days based on install numbers alone (SP2 anyone?). Furthermore, as noted by fellow Evangelist Ben Forta, there have been over a billion downloads of the Adobe Flash Player in the first 5 months of 2008 alone. This averages around 6.7 million (1,000,000,000 / 150) every day sustained over 5 months and Adobe has actually publicly stated that we've had days where software downloads exceeded 10 million in a day. Some even place this number to 12 million per day.

I seriously doubt Mozilla beat yesterday's massive coordinated DNS upgrade patch. According to CERT and others, "This is the largest synchronized security update in the history of the Internet, and is the result of hard work and dedication across dozens of organizations."

Speaking for myself, I dispute Firefox's claim. Not that is really matters. I just prefer the truth please.

Sorry FireFox. I love your software, I use your software but if you want to have a real contest, you have to at least invite the competition.


  1. To get in the Guinness book, you don't have to have a contest. If you want to take a grab for the title, invite Guinness to look over your numbers -- it's as simple as that.

  2. Firefox, while a great product, has been snipping at Adobe a lot lately. Any ideas why? Didn't you guys donate a ton of code and money? What gives?

  3. Not sure. I noticed they are not really showing us a lot of love despite the fact we have been donating tons of stuff. Adobe is really driving to be a god community member and open source communities should encourage this sort of behavior if they want more in the future. Sniping at Adobe will not help anyone.


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