February 16, 2005
Yesterday we not only broke the twenty five million downloads mark, we destroyed it, topping 25,105,560 downloads in just 99 days. Wow!
We're taking back the web, folks, and we're doing it with a real product, not vaporware and promises of a better tomorrow.
Check out Spread Firefox later in the day for some exciting news about this awesome milestone.
As you can see from the charts below (click the image for a larger version,) we're holding a fairly steady line, averaging well above 200,000 downloads per day. It shows little sign of slowing down. The more people that learn about Firefox, the more friends, families, co-workers, classmates, and colleagues will hear about the browser that makes the web better today.
We're not going to stop at 25 million either. There are still hundreds of millions of people suffering the IE experience and that's going to change. If you know of people that are tired of the pop-ups, tired of the adware and spyware, tired of viewing the web through the distorted goggles of a browser from the last century, then take a minute to show them there's a better browser available today, one that puts the power back in the hands of the users rather than the web badguy flavor of the month.
Visit Spread Firefox and help the Firefox community take back the web.
Posted by asa at February 16, 2005 12:08 AM
Hi Asa, great news! :-)
I have two questions:
1. You promised download statistics of localized versions some weeks ago. Will they be available some day?
2. Will you reset the download counter, when Firefox 1.0.1 has been released? (Because many Firefox 1.0 user will also download version 1.0.1 to update their system.)
The number of 1.0.1 downloads is going to be a key issue. If those numbers are substantially less than the 1.0 one then we will have failed to get the "secure browsing" message across.
Localised stats: http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/asa/archives/007505.html
To count the number of 1.0.1 downloads from non-Firefox users compared to updates they just need to not include anyone downloading the new version with a Firefox 1.0 useragent or those who upgrade through the automatic update mechanism.
"To count the number of 1.0.1 downloads from non-Firefox users compared to updates they just need to not include anyone downloading the new version with a Firefox 1.0 useragent or those who upgrade through the automatic update mechanism."
This I think is important so we can keep an accurate count.
Dave: Thank you! I read nearly all of Asa's postings, but I have missed this one.:-)
David: Many people download Firefox from FTP servers, and the FTP protocol has no useragent or something similar.
"they just need to not include anyone downloading the new version with a Firefox 1.0 useragent"
What about FTP and bit torrent programs? I usually download with WS_FTP.
. o O ( Asa shouldn't make screen shots while ClearType is enabled )
what do you use to create your graphs?
Any comment on whether the downloads count that you have been reporting includes all the nightly development version downloads? You mentioned yesterday that it was looking to be "the best single day of downloads in months". What I'm wondering is if people are already getting ready to move to 1.0.1, and if they are, is that being counted toward "total firefox downloads"?
w00t but I still will lose my bet I guess. My bet for €10,- with a friend of mine is that firefox will 50% of the market share 3 months after the 1.5 is released.
I very roughly trended these figures through the 1-year anniversary of Firefox 1.0, resulting in estimated 81 million total downloads. Under the right circumstances, and with enough push, I don't think 100 million is out of the question. Now that's popular! (meanwhile MS thinks it's big news that a paltry 9 million or so have downloaded XP SP2 since its release!)
Several people have requested information about localization figures. I would also be interested in having access to the raw data from which the graphs are generated, to do my own analysies etc.. Perhaps there already is a source for this data (I haven't been able to find it). If not, I would appreciate it if you could make this data available (its rather tedious to get the numbers from the graph...).
!!! C.O.N.G.R.A.T.U.L.A.T.I.O.N !!!
Go further with this lovely Project, and beat M's IE ;-)
Congratulations! IMHO, you're doing a job of global importance. Regarding the 'balance of power' it's really necessary to decrease MS' concentration of power, giving it to where it belongs: to the users.
windows' and especially ie's possibilites of backdoors allow the owner of these technologies to gather a lot of personal information - the key to power in the 21st century's information society. numerous news have shown that these thoughts are not paranoid. thank you guys again for working on the right side!
IE RULES! Firefox is passing fad! My question is how many of the 25 million that downloaded it are actually using it daily or just tried and uninstalled it? How many are repeat downloads. My guess is the actual number is users is much lower than people are leading on... Food for thought.
Lol, it's actually much higher. The download number does not count unofficial mirrors, user sharing, or sites that have multiple installs from one download. In my office FF is the primary browser with over 100 installs off of one download.
I downloaded FF several times at diff. bata release levels. I ended up downloading and using Deepnet Explorer. I found it much easer and beter than either FF or IE.
I love Firefox »-(¯`v´¯)-»
Probably sillt to ask but I suppose the bulk of the Official 25 million downloads are for the Windows platforms...would be cool to see a breakdown of the platform downloads as well.
Probably silly to ask but I suppose the bulk of the Official 25 million downloads are for the Windows platforms...would be cool to see a breakdown of the platform downloads as well.
For everyday browsing, FF rocks. Why after trying the browser and seeing the inherent ease that you can browse, would anybody switch back, except for those corporate user who have a corp. IT policy that is dripping w/ Microsuck's java engine and the like? Those are the only pages I have any difficulty with and it only happens on a couple of the pages I have to visit. I go days w/o having to launch IE and then only for the offending page.
I am hoping that somehow Firefox can utilize Internet Explorer's rendering engine on the fly like the new AOL browser is supposed to do.
heise.de, a big german computer magazine has postet his actual browser statistiks:
User-Agent Feburar 2005
Firefox 37,2 %
IE 6.0x 30,2 %
Gecko 10,5 %
unknown 7,5 %
Opera 7.x 6,2 %
Apple Safari 2,4 %
KDE Konqueror 2,4 %
E 5.5x 1,8 %
IE 5.0x 1,0 %
Opera 8.x 0,9 %
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