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Firefox 4 downloaded 24 million times in three days

Firefox 4 downloaded 24 million times in three days

Firefox 4 netted 24 million downloads in its first three days.

Mozilla Foundation's Firefox 4 web browser has already been downloaded over 24 million times in three days, according to Mozilla's download statistics.

Firefox 4 was officially announced on Tuesday 22 March, and netted 7.1 million downloads in the first 24 hours it was available. This is three times as many downloads as Microsoft's new Internet Explorer 9 browser managed during the first day of its launch on 14 March.

To see how many downloads Firefox 4 has currently notched up, take a look at the Download Stats page, where you can also see the proportion of downloads attributed to different locations.

At the 25 million download mark, achieved at around 4pm GMT today, Europe had the largest number with 9.75 million downloads. Next was North America with 8.34 million and then Asia with 4.25 million downloads.

Meanwhile, Google released version 10 of its up and coming Chrome browser earlier this month too. The next few months could see significant changes in browser usage, with the three companies vying for market share with much-improved browsers.

Have any of the latest releases tempted you to change your browser allegiance, and which browser is your current favourite? Let us know in the forums.

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Oggyb 25th March 2011, 18:33 Quote
I saw the tweet. . . something like 5000 per minute at its peak!

About the same rate as the record breaking FF3 iirc.
Puzzu 25th March 2011, 18:48 Quote
I've personally moved to Chrome 18 months back and not looked back.

Something about just typing in the address bar and running a search got me hooked, that said IE does it now as well as I still use IE for "live stuff" but the main Browser is Chrome, might give Firefox another go to see how it shapes up, which reminds me still need to finish off the Skin I was making.
l3v1ck 25th March 2011, 18:53 Quote
Everyone I've spoken to so far has moved the tabs back to where they belong.
Other than that it seems okay. So far I've only had it running on a really slow internet connection, so I can't comment on it's performance.
blink 25th March 2011, 18:53 Quote
The internet is a cesspool of invasive tracking bugs, information gathering scripts and malware. Unless something significant changes, I'll never use anything but Firefox and the addons available which at least attempt to fend off that garbage.

This page alone has at least 15 unwanted (as far as I am concerned) scripts and bugs that are being blocked by my setup.
RichCreedy 25th March 2011, 18:59 Quote
i am using ie9
Er-El 25th March 2011, 19:01 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by RichCreedy
i am using ie9
How is it?
Orionche 25th March 2011, 19:10 Quote
My previous version of FF has been sluggish for the last 4-5 months and I was a bit skeptical 4.0 will only make it even slower. I was quite surprised the thing loaded twice as fast... :)

Only downside is most addons don't support 4.0 yet. Not fussed much about that.

Oh, and... those godawful tabs above the bookmark tab is one incredibly shitty idea. One of the reasons I very rarely use Chrome.
RichCreedy 25th March 2011, 19:12 Quote
it's ok actually, it does a good job at blocking stuff, without add ons, breaks facebook games, which isn't a bad thing, lol,

when i say breaks facebook games, it blocks cross site scripting by default, you can run them in compatability mode, and it works for a while, but then blocks again

some webpaages that are designed for ie sometimes need compatability mode, since ie9 is now standards based.
sausages 25th March 2011, 19:20 Quote
Firefox is my favourite, and has been for the last 4 or 5 years or something. I may use Chrome some day when it gets better addons.
Eiffie 25th March 2011, 19:27 Quote
Firefox 4 has worked without a hitch so far, I like how fast and simple it is. The only thing I wish I could change would be when I open the add-ons window in Firefox 3.6 a little window would pop-up containing all of my add-ons and a little find updates button. In Firefox 4 it opens up a new page that takes up my whole screen and as someone who only has two add-ons, flash and silverlight, I would rather have a small window instead of a huge one. I miss the little window, anyone know how to get it back or is it lost forever in version 4?
The_Beast 25th March 2011, 19:42 Quote
I've heard ie9 on windows 7 is pretty good but all my stuff is on FF so with FF I shall stay
RichCreedy 25th March 2011, 19:48 Quote
forgot to mention, it renders pages a lot quicker, but you should use the 32bit version, on 64bit machine, as the 64bit one isn't properly finished, the java optimizations have only been done on 32bit version
oatey4519 25th March 2011, 19:50 Quote
Chrome for me everyday...
using the Dev version - they soon sort any blips
and its quick even with extensions
salesman 25th March 2011, 20:00 Quote
Reading this news I see almost nothing but Google chrome ads on bit-tech.
do_it_anyway 25th March 2011, 20:06 Quote
Note: If you are using your GPU to fold for Bit-tech, do yourself a favour and DISABLE hardware acceleration.
It pretty much waits until your current WU is finished before responding to your mouse clicks.
(OK, so its not that bad, but waiting 4-5 seconds after you have clicked new tab for one to appear is a bit annoying)
hotnikkelz 25th March 2011, 20:11 Quote
Um the simple solution to tabs on top 'problem' is to just right click the bar and uncheck the tabs on top option. Firefox 4 is a lovely browser
ie9 does not have shrink tabs or app tabs or whatever u want to call it so i can't use it. Also i don't like their addon system. Still the best browser microsoft ever produced though
2bdetermine 25th March 2011, 20:13 Quote
Firefox. Is this thing working probably? It failed to detect weather the site is secured or not. Once you reload the page it is fine. Opera/Chrome works just fine.
jimmyjj 25th March 2011, 20:32 Quote
Fist time I used Chrome several months ago was amazed by how fast it is.

This is completely unscientific but it actually seems slower now for some reason,

Was thinking of trying IE 9.
TWeaK 25th March 2011, 21:01 Quote
So, we get news about a browser launch that we all knew was coming, but nothing about the budget and the R&D tax relief for the games industry?
Icy EyeG 25th March 2011, 21:20 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Er-El
How is it?

Well I can tell you my experience. I've been using it, since Adobe launched Flash 64-bit beta.
I think it works very well; the only thing annoying about it is that you can't force windows to use IE9 64-bit as your default browser (it's only possible with the 32-bit version).
Xir 25th March 2011, 21:20 Quote
FF4 update functions well, all settings are kept.
under 1 min installation time, FF restarts itself, and presto, I was done.

Unlike IE8 (winXP only goes till8 appearently).
No update function in IE itself, instead it redirects to a MS website.
Installing IE8 then rebooted my system twice.
And killed all settings and bookmarks.
All in all, 20 minutes spent for nought...what a great experience.

About Chrome, I can't seem to find a "look for updates" function here either. Will updating chrome shoot my settings and bookmarks too?
RichCreedy 25th March 2011, 21:28 Quote
you should have a look at toms hardware review of the latest browsers except firefox 4, as it was delayed.

Browser Review
Paradigm Shifter 25th March 2011, 22:49 Quote
All my addons worked (except one which needed an update to work, but now does) with FF4. All settings kept. Now just getting used to the different layout. Not really caring for the tabs-at-the-top thing, though. Absolutely painless process - haven't bothered with anything other than FF and a selection of addons for years...
Senilex 25th March 2011, 23:05 Quote
Opera is still the best out the box for my needs. I actually still do not understand the need for add-ons for a browser.
I also think IE 9 is fantastic. Great job once again from Microsoft (no sarcasm there, I really do think MS do a good job at a lot of things).
2bdetermine 25th March 2011, 23:56 Quote
Million of downloaded, but how many actually using it.
Yemerich 26th March 2011, 00:25 Quote
FF still is the slowest web browser to start up. At least for me. Aside from fire bug, every other plugin (like 5 or 6) were turned of. What really is a let down in FF and IE is the fact that there is still a search box. I prefer chrome for that matter and it is my preffered browser.

But I may add, all three major browser have their flaws.
RichCreedy 26th March 2011, 00:28 Quote
the search box is combined with the address bar in ie9, it isnt seperate
azrael- 26th March 2011, 00:28 Quote
Downloaded FF4 on release day and immediately found a showstopping bug (reported of course). Now I'm back on 3.0.19 (yes, I never could get into 3.5 and 3.6).
Yemerich 26th March 2011, 00:57 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by RichCreedy
the search box is combined with the address bar in ie9, it isnt seperate
It is now... My bad...
wuyanxu 26th March 2011, 01:08 Quote
im not sure why people demand single bar.

Firefox 3 to 3.6 was perfect:
-search bar for search
-awesome bar for jump straight to the webpage

with chrome, type in the bar digg, takes you to google search of digg. type in "wiki computer" takes you to google search of terms wiki and computer simply stupid and dumb. BUT with firefox 3 to 3.6, both terms takes you straight to the correct page with information. it was awesome.

and FF4 have dumbed down for the mass. it has made awesome bar not awesome by making it do search :(

but i've found this: to restore its former gloary:
http://farmdev.com/thoughts/93/what-happened-to-the-feeling-lucky-search-in-firefox-4-s-awesome-bar-/
http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/questions/795446#answer-152292
Code:
There's a second step that no one has mentioned and that these links don't make clear.

1.    Enter about:config in your address bar.
2.    There will be a message saying, "This might void your warranty!" Click "I'll be careful, I promise!"
3.    Find keyword.enabled, either by scrolling down or by typing into the Filter: box. If Value is set to true, do 
nothing. If it is set to false, double click it to change it to true.
4.    Then, find keyword.URL. Double click it to modify the value, and enter 
http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&sourceid=navclient&gfns=1&q=
into the box (ignore the link--just copy & paste the whole string). 

These instructions set Google's Browse by Name, which was the default in Firefox 3. It behaves exactly as it did in 
Firefox 3--if your terms match a result well, it sends you straight there; otherwise, you go to the Google search 
page.

Alternatively, if you do want to use a straight I'm Feeling Lucky search, then use 
http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&btnI=&q= instead.  
Ficky Pucker 26th March 2011, 01:12 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yemerich
FF still is the slowest web browser to start up. At least for me. Aside from fire bug, every other plugin (like 5 or 6) were turned of. What really is a let down in FF and IE is the fact that there is still a search box. I prefer chrome for that matter and it is my preffered browser.

But I may add, all three major browser have their flaws.

you do know you can hide the searchbox in FF ?


you can also use keywords for different search engines, for example when i want to google something i just type "g pictures of boobs" and press enter, same thing for youtube, imdb, discogs, amazon, ebay, etc.

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Using_keyword_searches
fluxtatic 26th March 2011, 04:12 Quote
What really burns me about all the gushing reviews of FF4 & IE9 since they launched is that what is so amazing and new about them isn't. Virtually every new feature that's so amazing are things Opera has been doing since at least version 11, and earlier in some cases. Thanks to it's ~2.5% marketshare, it isn't the only browser I use, since there aren't many devs that have enough Opera users to make sure it works correctly (outside of Russia and Nigeria, apparently.) So there are some sites that don't play nice in Opera that can't be tricked into working by identifying or masking as IE or FF, but for the most part, it's better than IE or FF, imo. At the very least, it's easy to see where the IE & FF devs seem draw a lot of inspiration.
rickysio 26th March 2011, 08:43 Quote
Have been using the nightlies since they first appeared, no crashes so far, unlike what I can say for Opera's stable builds...
impar 26th March 2011, 11:07 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Puzzu
Something about just typing in the address bar and running a search got me hooked, ...
Firefox has had that feature for quite some years now (since at least 2005-2006). The Search bar was totally un-needed in Firefoxs UI. Gladly it was\is weasily removed.
Quote:
Originally Posted by wuyanxu
im not sure why people demand single bar.
Firefox 3 to 3.6 was perfect:
-search bar for search
-awesome bar for jump straight to the webpage
The address bar\awesome bar also perfomed searches in Firefox. If the google result was sufficiently consistent it would jump straight for the site (I Feel Lucky behaviour), if the result was ambiguous, it would open a google page with search results.
The single bar solution was used because the search bar was totally redundant.
Quote:
Originally Posted by wuyanxu
and FF4 have dumbed down for the mass. it has made awesome bar not awesome by making it do search :(

but i've found this: to restore its former gloary:
http://farmdev.com/thoughts/93/what-happened-to-the-feeling-lucky-search-in-firefox-4-s-awesome-bar-/
http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/questions/795446#answer-152292
That workaround merely makes Firefox 4 behave the same way Firefox has behaved for some quite time now.
wuyanxu 26th March 2011, 11:39 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by impar
The address bar\awesome bar also perfomed searches in Firefox. If the google result was sufficiently consistent it would jump straight for the site (I Feel Lucky behaviour), if the result was ambiguous, it would open a google page with search results.
The single bar solution was used because the search bar was totally redundant.

That workaround merely makes Firefox 4 behave the same way Firefox has behaved for some quite time now.

no, search bar is not redundant. it allows to decide where to go. use search bar for search, use awesome bar for going straight to a destination.

basically, there is no other browser with address bar that behaves similar to FF's awesome bar. no other browser when type "trailer king's speech" goes straight to a trailer of king's speech. all other browser just takes you to a search page.

the workaround restores that great feature. does it not seem logical to type and be looking at the content you are thinking? instead of going through a search page? there is a search bar for searching.
impar 26th March 2011, 11:48 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by wuyanxu
does it not seem logical to type and be looking at the content you are thinking?
Yes. Surprisingly Mozilla removed that feature from Firefox 4.
Quote:
Originally Posted by wuyanxu
there is a search bar for searching.
For complete search results always used a google page, usually because I wanted to filter images, news or videos. For simpler searches the address bar "I feel lucky" behaviour was adequate.
Unknownsock 26th March 2011, 15:53 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by l3v1ck
Everyone I've spoken to so far has moved the tabs back to where they belong.
Other than that it seems okay. So far I've only had it running on a really slow internet connection, so I can't comment on it's performance.

Personally i prefer the tabs above, little extra screen room available i guess aswell!
Snips 26th March 2011, 19:58 Quote
IE9 all the way, don't want or need FF
sWW 26th March 2011, 21:59 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Snips
IE9 all the way, don't want or need FF

is this a troll comment? if not i am somewhat confused!
eddtox 27th March 2011, 01:13 Quote
I love it :)

The wasted screen real estate was really beginning to get to me, but with the new interface I feel like I've just upgraded to a bigger monitor. I also like the tab groups and pinned tabs. My only gripe is that I had two windows open when I set up my groups and pins and I closed them in the wrong order, thus losing all the changes :(.
Now I'm too busy with my iPad to set them up again.
dyzophoria 27th March 2011, 03:11 Quote
Like the overall UI now, old FF versions for me looked a bit, well, childish,lol, its only me though, we have diff tastes. id be honest though, im still on chrome even though I downloaded FF. IE/Chrome most of the times.
ObeyTheCreed 27th March 2011, 11:56 Quote
FF is freaking epic, smoother, has more customizable options, and it just looks better than explorer, i'm using FF4 right now :D
DriftCarl 27th March 2011, 12:18 Quote
FF4 is good, and still my first choice of browser.
However IE has closed the gap to nothing. In my opinion they are both as fast as eachother. IE infact starts up slightly faster on windows7 64bit and it seems it loads pages a little more smoothly. I use IE at work and FF at home because I am use to my FF addons. If it wasnt for the addons then I would probably use IE9
Pooeypants 27th March 2011, 13:40 Quote
I moved from Firefox to Chrome about a year ago due to inconsistent but regular memory leaks from flash items etc. Just trying out 4.0 now and it "feels" nice but I'm so used to Chrome's simplicity. Hmm.
rainbowbridge 27th March 2011, 15:11 Quote
just going to be adding one more to the download count (on version 3 with IE totally removed from my windows 7 enterprise install)..
Denis_iii 27th March 2011, 19:44 Quote
I like the new FF4, the layout, the everything. Just feels right!
Chrome for me just feels and looks wrong and from working in suport haven't come across a browser which cause more headaches then Chrome.
I've very impressed with what M$ has done with IE9, it definately is a competitor and my 2nd choice to FF4 but just the feel, the look, and now the app tabs and tab groups I'm addicted to I can't see myself using any other browser and all this is PRE add-ins which I've not been playing with but will definately improve by browsing experience and fix youtube.
Snips 28th March 2011, 10:11 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by sWW
Quote:
Originally Posted by Snips
IE9 all the way, don't want or need FF

is this a troll comment? if not i am somewhat confused!

NO, it's a fact.
Xir 28th March 2011, 11:01 Quote
I turned off the "awesome" bar behaviour and don't really need the searchbox either.
Very happy it's easily customised now though.
Farting Bob 28th March 2011, 12:31 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xir
FF4 update functions well, all settings are kept.
under 1 min installation time, FF restarts itself, and presto, I was done.

Unlike IE8 (winXP only goes till8 appearently).
No update function in IE itself, instead it redirects to a MS website.
Installing IE8 then rebooted my system twice.
And killed all settings and bookmarks.
All in all, 20 minutes spent for nought...what a great experience.

About Chrome, I can't seem to find a "look for updates" function here either. Will updating chrome shoot my settings and bookmarks too?

Chrome updates itself in the background. By default you cant turn it off and it doesnt tell you there is an update being installed. It might do if a update changes alot of things in the UI but most do not, certainly none since the silent update method has been used.
You have to tinker with the registry to stop it updating, not sure if there is an extension that does it though.
http://blogs.sitepoint.com/how-to-disable-google-chrome-updates/
3lusive 28th March 2011, 13:34 Quote
Just downloaded and tried FF4, seems decent so far - the layout and responsiveness is good. But its still not as quick or as streamlined as Chrome IMO, so I wont be turning back anytime soon
shigllgetcha 28th March 2011, 14:21 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Snips
Quote:
Originally Posted by sWW
Quote:
Originally Posted by Snips
IE9 all the way, don't want or need FF

is this a troll comment? if not i am somewhat confused!

NO, it's a fact.

Its an opinion at best
Xir 28th March 2011, 15:45 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Farting Bob
Chrome updates itself in the background. By default you cant turn it off and it doesnt tell you there is an update being installed. It might do if a update changes alot of things in the UI but most do not, certainly none since the silent update method has been used.
You have to tinker with the registry to stop it updating, not sure if there is an extension that does it though.
http://blogs.sitepoint.com/how-to-disable-google-chrome-updates/
Thanks! ;)
I'd like to "initiate" an Update, chrome is installed on a computer I rarely use these days, and is probably quite a few updates behind.
Is that possible?
Hakuren 28th March 2011, 16:30 Quote
It wasn't me! Seriously.

Any browser which want to look like Chrome clone is D.E.A.D. for me, forever.

Using Maxthon for stubborn "designed for IE/FF" sites, otherwise...

Opera FTW! Mauling competition since version 3.0.
[-Stash-] 28th March 2011, 16:40 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xir
I'd like to "initiate" an Update, chrome is installed on a computer I rarely use these days, and is probably quite a few updates behind.
Is that possible?
Sure, just fire up chrome, wait a minute or two (depending on your net connection speed) and restart it :D
Snips 28th March 2011, 18:06 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by shigllgetcha
Quote:
Originally Posted by Snips
Quote:
Originally Posted by sWW
Quote:
Originally Posted by Snips
IE9 all the way, don't want or need FF

is this a troll comment? if not i am somewhat confused!

NO, it's a fact.

Its an opinion at best

NO, it's a fact that don't want or need FF.
bobwya 28th March 2011, 20:57 Quote
Seamless switch from FF3.6 to FF4.x on Linux-Mint 10. No chance of using IE 9.0 here!!
I prefer the tabs the tabs laid on top. Also the speed is much better in FF4.x (I tried the early Windows betas and they were all over the place)!! What with Firefox sync and all my other add-ons I don't need another browser really (now the speed issue has been sorted out). The Mozilla Foundation claimed to have completely rewritten the code-base for this release (in a podcast I was listening to recently) - appears to be the case as well!
Xir 29th March 2011, 10:15 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by [-Stash-]
Sure, just fire up chrome, wait a minute or two (depending on your net connection speed) and restart it :D
Nothing happends.
*sigh* was a "look for updates now" button really that much work? :(
Edwards 29th March 2011, 14:47 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xir
Nothing happends.
*sigh* was a "look for updates now" button really that much work? :(

Click the settings button, and then 'About Google Chrome'. This forces an update check.
Xir 30th March 2011, 12:51 Quote
Thanks, I'll try
Xir 30th March 2011, 19:30 Quote
Hmmm, Chrome sees there's an Update, baut cannot install it.
Strange
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