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Firefox 3.5 hit 4 million downloads early this morning, capping an impressive debut.  (Source: Mozilla.org)
Firefox's new browser is a hit

While still not as ubiquitous as Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Mozilla's new Firefox 3.5 browser was just released yesterday and is off to a great start.  The browser was met with mostly positive reviews.  Reuters stated, "There's no doubt that version 3.5 of Firefox is significantly faster than version 3...All in all, this is a major improvement over Firefox 3. Even if you're not currently a Firefox user, you'll want to give it a try."

CNET was slightly more measured commenting, "Firefox 3.5 is a much-needed improvement to the world's most popular alternative browser... While some of the improvements, such as the HTML5 and other developer enhancements will continue to make the browser their first choice, many of the other changes merely keep it in-line with the competition."

At the end of the day, though, Firefox 3.5's hot new features like HTML5 support and a faster JavaScript engine won over users.  Downloads were blazing at 100 per second for much of the day yesterday.  Mozilla's servers performed admirably under the load.

The new browser hit 1 million downloads within a couple hours and 2 million downloads in 7 and 1/2 hours.  By this morning it had 4.3 million downloads.  You can view the progress yourself on the download tracker found here

The U.S. leads the world with 1.1 million downloads, with Germany in second with 496,000 downloads.

While the new Firefox is certainly very popular, it failed to surpass its own Guinness World record set by Firefox 3, which recorded 8 million downloads worldwide in 24 hours.  Firefox also faces reinvigorated competition -- Apple claims that 11 million copies of its new Safari were downloaded in 3 days, and Opera is gearing up for a big 10.0 release



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RE: Tried it out yesterday
By Sazar on 7/1/2009 10:36:34 AM , Rating: 2
I think I will have to agree with you.

I was running IE8, Chrome, Opera 10 and FF3.5 side by side yesterday. FF was usually slower but not noticeably, and it clearly used more memory, but again, it didn't affect my overall performance.

What I did miss were things like speed-dial and a simple bookmark setup. I don't understand why the STANDARD browser doesn't have some of the most rudimentary functionality in other areas that it's competitors have had for a while. Also, some sites were just not being rendered correctly (for example, TheHobbyLounge, the menu was rendered correctly on the other browsers, but not on FF3.5).

The positives are that it is faster than before, has a vastly improved tabbed experience by default (i.e. you no longer have to fumble through extensions to actually get a GOOD tabbed browsing experience).

The thing is, Opera and Chrome and IE8 have already brought many of the features to the table and most already have other features that you cannot get without extensions in FF3.5

While the extension support will continue to give FF the myriad of options many crave, FireFox no longer appears to be the trendsetter it was back in the day, content to pull a Microsoft back in the day and dawdle along, introducing features that merely bring it back to par instead of surging ahead :(

Currently using all 4 of the browsers (just for variety).


RE: Tried it out yesterday
By Oregonian2 on 7/1/2009 10:51:19 AM , Rating: 2
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While the extension support will continue to give FF the myriad of options many crave,


Exactly their strength, and also probably why feature'itus is less needed in FF than in others -- features are added en masse through the plugins (or whatever they're called now).

The biggest improvement probably is the one that's not visible -- the new improved support for developers of those plugins.

As to speed, if I were on a netbook it'd probably be more important to me, but on my desktop even the twice-as-slow javascript on FF 3.0 is fine with me speedwise.

With FF I can go to foodnetwork.com (foodtv channels' website) and transfer a web-page recipe there into my Mastercook recipe program with just two or three mouse clicks in FF. Photos and all (will do that for dozens of major recipe sites too). :-)


RE: Tried it out yesterday
By The0ne on 7/1/2009 11:09:27 AM , Rating: 2
Definitely missed the extensions when using Chrome and Opera. Heck I miss seeing my Persona on the browser! hahaha It could be better though. One thing I would like them to have is a extension manager. I use the same extensions for all my PCs and would be glad to have a manager that I can just transfer the extensions on a new install rather then having to download/install all of them again...after a search of course. Secondly a feature to let you know you already installed a extension while browsing for extensions would be nice...like Yahoo widgets :)


RE: Tried it out yesterday
By jwbarker on 7/2/2009 3:57:12 PM , Rating: 2
Why not just copy your profile over?

This is one of the things I love about FF. When I set up a new machine I just copy the files from the profile on my old machine over the top of the default profile created when running FF for the first time and BAM, all bookmarks, all settings, all extensions, easy.

If you don't know, see here to find your profile folder:
http://support.mozilla.com/en-us/kb/Profiles


RE: Tried it out yesterday
By Oregonian2 on 7/4/2009 2:01:10 PM , Rating: 2
There's a Firefox (of course) extension that will backup all current extensions into .xpi installable file(s) for backup or other-machine installation (might make a single one for all of them as well, but I don't remember). There's an extension made for backup/sync'ing of different machines' extensions. And there are others (did some browsing of extensions this morning after having updated to 3.5).

I think there was one that saved/transferred personal configurations/options of the extensions as well, but I'm not positive of that.


RE: Tried it out yesterday
By Zshazz on 7/1/2009 3:57:35 PM , Rating: 2
I guess I agree that the default firefox should have something like speed-dial... but at least the extension that adds that functionality is extremely well done... it's not like they could really improve it much by adding it to the browser by default.


RE: Tried it out yesterday
By ChronoReverse on 7/1/2009 5:13:19 PM , Rating: 2
What about TheHobbyLounge is rendering incorrectly? I just compared it in Chrome, IE8 and FF3.5 (new profile) but didn't see the issue in FF3.5


RE: Tried it out yesterday
By Sazar on 7/1/2009 6:44:41 PM , Rating: 2
The menu bar shows correctly with 3-D effects in the forum view in Opera, Chrome and IE8. In FF, it shows with a flatish shape and a different color.

Not sure if you can open the link but I have screenshots posted.

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showpost.php?p=203...


RE: Tried it out yesterday
By ChronoReverse on 7/1/2009 8:09:40 PM , Rating: 2
Strange, I have the 3D effect in my FF3.5

http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/3681/thehobbyloun...


RE: Tried it out yesterday
By Sazar on 7/1/2009 9:19:18 PM , Rating: 2
That is not the forums :)


RE: Tried it out yesterday
By ChronoReverse on 7/1/2009 10:24:31 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Tried it out yesterday
By Sazar on 7/2/2009 1:50:23 PM , Rating: 2
Yep, yours does look correct.

Weird that mine and that other guys don't :)


RE: Tried it out yesterday
By ChronoReverse on 7/2/2009 3:07:06 PM , Rating: 2
Have you tried out a clean profile with a clean install? Often times settings that are being carried over could fubar things up.

FWIW, I'm running the default 32bit build on Win7 RC1 x64


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