Mozilla, in its ongoing bid, to increase penetration and usage of the Firefox 3 browser is asking users to come together to help set a new Guinness World Record for Most Software Downloads in 24 hours. Mozilla is trying for a record in a new category, according to a representative of the firm. That means it doesn’t have an existing mark to better. The open source browser outfit aims to secure over 1.6m downloads over 24 hours.
D-Day or Download Day ,hasn’t been fixed as yet is now set for Tuesday, 17 June 2008due to the fact that a last-ditch release candidate version (RC2) will be due out shortly next week.
SpreadFirefox.com has a new section where you can pledge to download Firefox3 during Download Day to help create the record. Entering your email address will send a reminder to your mailbox and also make sure that you’re part of the neat statistics map of users who have pledged to help set the record.
Mozilla decided to release a second release candidate for Firefox 3.0 at a meeting on Tuesday, in response to the discovery of 10 performance and stability bugs. Yet another round of testing is the best thing to do rather than have most users move on due to known bugs.
First a little background:
I’m all for the usage and development of alternative web browsers. It’s not that Internet Explorer (IE) is bad per se, it’s just that security and features wise it’s simply unusable without an external shell like Maxthon. This is true even for the newest v7, although truth be told it’s a much better improvement than v6. Over the last few months, Firefox has gained worldwide recognition as being one of the most solid competitors / replacements to challenge IE’s continued domination of the browser market. The Opera desktop browser has always been on the forefront of innovation and has always been as standards-compliant as possible. Features like mouse gestures, tabbed browsing etc. were an integral part of the feature-set of Opera many many months before they were included in the more mainstream browsers.
Carrying on this tradition, the Opera Mini browser is available for use on a wide variety of cell-phones. I currently use a Sony Ericsson K750i and the default WAP browser, which although usable is no match for Opera Mini. The latest version to roll off the coding line is OM v4.1.
Deligio: Deligi-~ Deligo ; Is the latin translation for to pick, to pluck. Search software in the Deligio tree and pick what you need…Deligio claims to be a search engine devoted to software. The site encourages users to create accounts where they can add software that they use / like just as one adds website bookmarks on sites like digg or reddit. Software can be tagged to make it easier to find. They can also be rated – there’s a five star visual indicator although like all opinions on the Net and off, YMMV.
What I like about the site is its relatively clean interface and the fact that they include non-Windows software as well. As more and more people join the community and put in their reviews, we should see it gain popularity.
I would like to see the ability to edit each program entry’s description and tags added in the future. If someone has already added the software, there doesn’t seem to be a way for others to edit it – something that should be included to allow for new features and abilities as versions keep changing.
Ordinarily, I would perform a search at the usual suspects of sites like Google Groups’ alt.comp.freeware, tucows, sourceforge.net, CNet Download.com etc. and of course the run-of-the-mill search engines – Google / Yahoo / MSN. Let’s see how this site turns out.