17th June, 2008 – the day after tomorrow – is the official release date of Firefox 3 browser. The latest version of the popular open-source browser contains “more than 15,000 improvements” and is said to be “faster, safer and smarter than before”. The Mozilla corporation is publicizing the release date as “Download Day” where they will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record of most software downloads in 24 hours. Enthused people can go here and register a pledge saying that they will be downloading Firefox 3 on that day. As of now, there are more than 1,200,000 pledges with a little over 23,000 coming from India.
Even if half of the ‘pledged’ members download FF3 on that day, it still will be a record! Why? Coz the Guinness Book of Records doesn’t have a record for “most software downloads in 24 hours” or any similar record. Suffice to say, the record will be created come Monday.
Will I download it? Well, depends on how soon I get back from work and also on whether the Mozilla servers haven’t crashed by then