Firefox Browser: 1 Billion Downloads and Counting
Article by George Norman
On 03 Aug 2009
This Friday, when everybody was focused on the critical SMS vulnerability showcased by Charlie Miller and Apple was rolling out the iPhone OS 3.1 to fix the problem, the Mozilla Foundation had serious reason to celebrate. And that celebratory reason is the fact that the billionth download of the Firefox browser had been recorded. As a matter of fact, by now that number has increased to 1,003,819,876. And Mozilla managed to reach this milestone in just 5 years – now that’s amazing.

“This is a monumental event – Firefox has come a long way since its debut in November 2004, thanks to the amazing Firefox community. Volunteers from all over the world contribute to the coding, testing and spreading of Firefox to communities across the globe. Firefox 3.5 shipped in 75 languages – more than any other browser,” explained Mozilla’s Shannon Prior.

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Today, the 3rd of August, the onebillionplusyou web page has gone live. The site is meant to be a central hub that collects and presents info related to the billionth Firefox download. So far it displays a few 1 billion-related pieces of info. Like the fact that 1 billion centimeters is roughly the distance from Chicago to Tokyo, or the fact that 1 billion credit cards weigh as much as 52 blue whales.

Speaking of credit cards, you should be made aware of the fact that the Linux Foundation has launched a Linux-branded Platinum Visa credit card featuring Tux. Getting the credit card means you will be supporting the open source community as all profits will go towards accelerating Linux innovation and Linux growth (details here). To be more precise, the money will be used to set up community technical events and to give travel grants to open source community members. The card comes with other cool benefits – read all about it here.



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