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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 ThePooBurner on 7/1/2009 1:41:43 PM , Rating: 2
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IE can prompt me when a site wants to set a cookie and I can approve/deny it then. With Firefox I have to block all cookies and then whitelist sites manually. Same result in the end, but a lot harder to set up.

Funny, FireFox asks me every time a site wants to set a cookie and i can choose to accept or deny it then. Only it goes a step further and will let me choose allow the whole site at once if i want. It will also let me choose if i want to always allow it (perm white list) or allow it only for the session (temp white list to prevent any tracking between sessions). You should probably learn more about what you are talking about next time.


RE: Tried it out yesterday
By The0ne on 7/1/2009 3:35:19 PM , Rating: 2
Definitely a good thing in Firefox. Use it all the time to deny scripts that does nothing but track you, put ads, etc. Very flexible as you've stated whereas IE is not.


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