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January 24, 2005

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In seventy six days, more than sixty three thousand of you have joined the effort to deliver Firefox 1.0 to more than twenty million thankful users!

You all are simply amazing!!

You've engaged your friends and family, your co-workers, colleagues, and fellow students in a novel and exciting effort to take back the Web. You've helped twenty million people to get beyond the daily chaos of adware, spyware, and constant virus infections. You've created the first and the largest open source marketing effort in history. And you all are educating the world that they do have a choice and that they can take control of their Internet experience.

You all have demonstrated that open source community can be powerful, committed, and capable of accomplishing once-unimaginable feats.

Today, we celebrate twenty million Firefox 1.0 downloads. But more than that, we celebrate the community that you all have built and we celebrate each and every one you!

(cross posted to Posted by asa at January 24, 2005 01:40 AM


Nice. By the way, when will the new download graph be ready? I'd like to update the graph in Wikipedia.

Posted by: minghong on January 24, 2005 12:46 AM

minghong, I already posted a couple of graphs to my flicker page. I'll get them up here sometime tomorrow.


Posted by: Asa Dotzler on January 24, 2005 01:00 AM

Thanks! The graph is just updated. :-)

Posted by: minghong on January 24, 2005 02:12 AM

Congrats... Again, and again, and again! :-)

Posted by: alfons on January 24, 2005 02:36 AM

Really, really cool. Congrats.

Posted by: drunkenbatman on January 24, 2005 03:34 AM has already covered this story, with the obligatory browser flame war in the following comments.

Is it just me, or do Neowin browser discussions tend to get more heated than those at slashdot?

Posted by: David Naylor on January 24, 2005 04:32 AM

It ain't 20 million people, it's 20 million downloads. There's no way of knowing how many people that is.

And on the subject of inflated stats, someone wrote into MozillaZine to say that while Firefox usage overall had jumped up on their site, lots of it was down to Firefox requesting RSS feeds automatically (which it does on startup and once per hour after that), rather than people actually viewing pages.

Posted by: michaell on January 24, 2005 05:46 AM

Here is an article from, a big German IT publisher who runs a newsticker and forum

The current count at for january 2005:
All Mozillas (anything with Gecko) 44,1%
Microsoft Internet Explorer 36,3%
Opera 7,2%
Apple Safari 3,0%
KDE Konqueror 2,3%

Posted by: adaxl on January 24, 2005 05:56 AM

Just to put the Heise numbers in perspective: They are one of the top-5 web sites in Germany (though with a tech-oriented user base) with more than 125 million page views per month.

A year ago MSIE had a market share of 55% percent with their audience. Apple (Safari) also gained market share (up to 3% from 2.2%).

Posted by: anonymous on January 24, 2005 06:57 AM

Heise is a major IT site and publisher. It has huge forums, noted for their heated discussions and huge number of trolls. In this sense, Heise is the German Slashdot. Heise publishes c't and iX magazine, two top publications with a huge circulation. Heise is certainly not for the non-tech crowd, but it does attract "normal" IT users, not just geeks.

Posted by: adaxl on January 24, 2005 08:08 AM

Well, considering that there are ~800,000,000 internet users worldwide, if the usage:downloads ratio was 1:1, we'd have an approx. 2.5% market share :)

Posted by: M2Ys4U on January 24, 2005 10:07 AM

Can someone update "March to 10 million downloads" to something like "March to 100 million downloads"

Posted by: Arbit on January 24, 2005 11:49 AM

Need your very good banner on my site and i have seen it, it is very good i promise to spread the good things to all my friends and love ones to tell them about the goodes on this site.

Posted by: Evang benson on January 25, 2005 12:19 AM

Brazil using Firefox ;-)

Posted by: duard on January 25, 2005 08:06 AM

firefox is great no more popups that annoy me and i find it faster than intenet explorer simply great well done

Posted by: thejakyl2005 on January 25, 2005 08:33 AM

Yeah I agree, someone please update the "March to 10 Million downloads..." Need to set a new goal... 50 Million or 100 Million...

Posted by: Rockman on January 25, 2005 02:49 PM


Amazing how just last year I was learning about this project and now it's so huge... and we can only go forward!

Posted by: Joey on January 25, 2005 05:35 PM

This is excellent news! By June downloads is likely to hit 100K!

Congrats to all who are involved in the project.

Nest step is to increase the usage. How to make sure who ever downloads uses it?

Some random idea...

1) Improve the hard disk browsing (file manager) feature of Firefox. That's one area IE/Windows file manager integration has an advantage

2) "This webpage is best viewed with Firefox" icon/tag

3) Add-ons (Themes, extensions) need to be secure and signed.

4) A facility to click and send a message to someone whom you know to get Firefox

Posted by: masug on January 26, 2005 04:18 AM

Berkeley, California, U.S.A.
January 25th, 2005

20,000,000 + 1

Sorry folks i joined late.

couldnt get the system online due to a trojan.
But after killing off all the crap, and asundry back doors.
( A very special thanks to black viper's services directory )

but i just got sick of all those damn pop up windows.
from news services! and those nasty cookies.

Good bye hidden 'explorer check options'

now... where do I send my check?


Posted by: Killmo on January 26, 2005 04:47 PM

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