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Firefox 1.5 'smashes' 1.0 download stats
ZDnet ^ | 12-1-2005 | Ingrid Marson

Posted on 12/01/2005 5:47:28 AM PST by soccer_maniac

"Wow, in just one day, Firefox 1.5 has already been downloaded more than 1.5 million times. That smashes our 1.0 first day downloads by half a million," said Dotzler in his blog. "If you haven't downloaded Firefox 1.5, get it while it's hot!"

This demand appears to be continuing, according to a blog post from Chris Beard, the vice-president of products at Mozilla.

"There are now more than two million people enjoying a better Web experience with Firefox 1.5. Demand continues to be high, greatly exceeding what we saw last year with the release of Firefox 1.0," said Beard.

Firefox 1.5 has a tough target to beat though, as Firefox 1.0 was downloaded at a high rate over a number of months — it passed the 10 million downloads in December, just over a month after its release. In May it passed the 50-million-download mark and celebrated its 100 millionth download in October.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.zdnet.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: browser; browserwars; firefox; firefox15; ie; microsoft; mozilla; netscape; opensource

1 posted on 12/01/2005 5:47:30 AM PST by soccer_maniac
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To: soccer_maniac

Direct link to official Firefox download page

http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/


2 posted on 12/01/2005 5:51:48 AM PST by soccer_maniac (www.polipundit.com -- Elections and politics with a Conservative bent.)
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To: soccer_maniac

Works good, no complaints here.


3 posted on 12/01/2005 5:56:43 AM PST by Xenophobic Alien (Kerry lost. Please take that stupid bumper sticker off your car!)
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To: soccer_maniac

I'm finding that while FF 1.5 works pretty well overall, it's no longer handling online video (WMV & QT).

Anyone else experiencing that problem? Test it out here (funny xbox ad): http://media.putfile.com/Unseen-Xbox-360-Commercial


4 posted on 12/01/2005 5:56:58 AM PST by martin_fierro (Not a good week for Glitter and Flair)
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To: soccer_maniac

boy, if only I could give away 1.5 million FREE things


what are these pregrammers living on ? who buys them food?



5 posted on 12/01/2005 5:57:00 AM PST by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants don't help...)
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To: N3WBI3; ShadowAce

please ping your lists


6 posted on 12/01/2005 5:57:25 AM PST by soccer_maniac (www.polipundit.com -- Elections and politics with a Conservative bent.)
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To: soccer_maniac

Of course now, many companies have to download Firefox in order to test their websites to ensure they are compatable with Firefox.


7 posted on 12/01/2005 6:00:37 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: martin_fierro

Works fine for me.


8 posted on 12/01/2005 6:11:05 AM PST by Xenophobic Alien (Kerry lost. Please take that stupid bumper sticker off your car!)
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To: rdb3; chance33_98; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Bush2000; PenguinWry; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; ...

9 posted on 12/01/2005 6:13:15 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: soccer_maniac

I bet the number is higher--I DL'ed it one time and put it on our company's internal server. All our developers are getting it from there...


10 posted on 12/01/2005 6:15:05 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: soccer_maniac

Well...DUH! Most everyone running previous versions of Firefox are getting automatic notifications of the new version.

File this under "self-fulfilling prophesy".


11 posted on 12/01/2005 6:36:08 AM PST by Doohickey (If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice...I will choose freewill.)
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To: martin_fierro

I love that commercial (and yes, it works for me on FF 1.5...


12 posted on 12/01/2005 6:47:23 AM PST by mhking (The world needs a wake up call gentlemen...we're gonna phone it in.)
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To: martin_fierro; All

It seemed to be loading fine for me, but I'm on a dialup and didn't want to wait for 6 megs. Closed the window and it was still loading. Closed the other FF window still opened (to the Freep), and it was still loading. You have to completely disconnect, and then an idiot box pops up about an illegal operation. I expected the cache to be dumped, as was always typical of FF crashes, but it wasn't.

With IE, you close the window and the downloading stops. Mozilla needs to get on the stick about that common sense fact.


13 posted on 12/01/2005 6:51:26 AM PST by JoJo Gunn (Help control the Leftist population. Have them spayed or neutered. )
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To: martin_fierro

That's hilarious.

And it worked fine for me on 1.5


14 posted on 12/01/2005 6:51:52 AM PST by Petronski (Cyborg is the greatest blessing I have ever known.)
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To: martin_fierro
Anyone else experiencing that problem?

Apparently not :)

Sounds like something got futzed with the plugins - you may have to reinstall QT and WMP to correct it.

15 posted on 12/01/2005 7:00:50 AM PST by Senator Bedfellow (Sneering condescension.)
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To: soccer_maniac
One thing I don't like about Firefox 1.5 is the fact a lot of the themes and extensions no longer work under the new version. Updated themes and extensions are slow in coming, too.
16 posted on 12/01/2005 7:01:34 AM PST by RayChuang88
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To: RayChuang88
All of my extensions have been updated for 1.5


17 posted on 12/01/2005 7:11:14 AM PST by soccer_maniac (www.polipundit.com -- Elections and politics with a Conservative bent.)
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To: soccer_maniac

18 posted on 12/01/2005 7:49:48 AM PST by HOTTIEBOY (Maybe in your house. Not in mine.)
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To: ShadowAce
I bet the number is higher--I DL'ed it one time and put it on our company's internal server. All our developers are getting it from there...

I did the same thing, along with some popular compatible extensions and themes. I also installed it on my laptop, desktop, wife's laptop and MIL's laptop.

The numbers are a great indication of its popularity nonetheless. I'd like to see them push bittorrent and emule distribution more.

19 posted on 12/01/2005 7:52:03 AM PST by zeugma (Warning: Self-referential object does not reference itself.)
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To: RayChuang88
Yeah, my Adblock is blocking the images but not eliminating the frames.
20 posted on 12/01/2005 8:19:08 AM PST by PCBMan (Downsized seven times in the last nine years, damn right I'm grumpy)
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To: PCBMan
you need to uninstall adblock and install adblock plus. It will elimate that problem.

An enhanced version of Adblock 0.5.2.039, AdBlock Plus 0.5.10 made by mcm_ham can be found here: Date: 2005-10-23

Compatibility: (firefox09-small.png 0.7 - 1.6) (all-small.png 1.4 - 1.8)

- Whitelisting, prefix your filters with "@@" to allow an item normally blocked by another filter through. Credit to OneStop.

- Synchronization (import) with filter file on website or hard drive using URL. Can be synchronized manually or automatically.

- Ability to block DIV sections allowing a much greater range of images to be blocked. Credit to Rueschi.

- Can hide ads on a per site basis instead of globally. Now an option under Adblock's menu. Changes: * New context menu options like cut, copy, paste and select all and ability to select multiple filters. * Can now sync with multiple filtersets by seperating the paths with a '|' character. * Syntax highlighting for white filters. * Seperated Site Blocking and Site Whitelisting from filter list to its own UI. * Added support for background images. * Allow editing of the filter that's displayed as blocking an image under the Ad-blockable items dialog. * Added Brazilian & Polish locale (thanks to Sergio Abreu, Alessandro Nakamuta & Teo) * Various bug fixes.

INSTALL

21 posted on 12/01/2005 9:14:00 AM PST by Xenophobic Alien (Kerry lost. Please take that stupid bumper sticker off your car!)
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To: PCBMan
While your at it get

Adblock Filterset.G Updater 0.2.6

Author: Reid Rankin, Michael McDonald Version: 0.2.6 Size: 39KB Date: 2005-10-26 Compatibility: (firefox09-small.png 0.7 - 1.6) (all-small.png 1.4 - 1.8) Requires: Adblock Homepage

This extension allows you to automatically keep up to date with G's latest filterset. Given that this is the first release you should be prepared for bugs and know how to handle them. If you want a stable version then wait for the first non-beta release after it has been thoroughly tested.

Features: * Automatically checks for later versions of Filterset.G filters every 4-7 days and downloads them if they're newer. * Can optionally synchronize with Filterset.G-Whitelist-Beta, requires Adblock Plus 0.5.9 or higher. * Ability to define your own filters that persist between updates. * User filter list management available from context menu.

INSTALL

22 posted on 12/01/2005 9:24:16 AM PST by Xenophobic Alien (Kerry lost. Please take that stupid bumper sticker off your car!)
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To: Xenophobic Alien

Success! Thank you!


23 posted on 12/01/2005 9:30:25 AM PST by PCBMan (Downsized seven times in the last nine years, damn right I'm grumpy)
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To: soccer_maniac

I was using it yesterday. I think it will replace Safari as my prime browser. Has some pretty cool extensions.


24 posted on 12/01/2005 9:45:13 AM PST by Tribune7
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To: soccer_maniac
All of my extensions have been updated for 1.5

Actually, I had to manually update all my extensions and themes to make Firefox 1.5 work again. Easy if you have broadband like me, but time-wasting if you have a dial-up connection.

25 posted on 12/01/2005 11:24:18 AM PST by RayChuang88
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To: Mr. K
what are these pregrammers living on ? who buys them food?

Some of it is people doing things in their spare time. Aside from that, they have corporate sponsors donating programming time, plus Mozilla.org is a 501(c) non-profit that takes donations (tax deductible!).

26 posted on 12/01/2005 12:26:00 PM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: Mr. K

I believe they make money off of the little Google search box in the upper right hand corner of the browser.


27 posted on 12/01/2005 10:57:28 PM PST by JTN ("We must win the War on Drugs by 2003." - Dennis Hastert, Feb. 25 1999)
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To: JTN

So internet search is the future? Feed the borg and it will feed you?


28 posted on 12/02/2005 6:58:01 PM PST by Golden Eagle
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To: Tribune7
1.5 has a pretty bad bug that pops up with OS X 10.2.8.

When you hit one of the drop down triangles like the one by the back arrow Firefox hangs and you have to force quit.

Quite a few people with 10.2.8 are having the same problem.

29 posted on 12/03/2005 4:05:59 PM PST by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: avg_freeper

Using 10.4. Seems a tad slow but I like the search function better than Safari (and I did add a pile of extensions -- it's 9:09 a.m. in Tokyo.)


30 posted on 12/03/2005 4:09:02 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: Xenophobic Alien; mhking; JoJo Gunn; Petronski; Senator Bedfellow
Someone created an extension that just fixed the problem for me.
31 posted on 12/14/2005 10:34:43 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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