Just in case you missed it somehow, we released IE7 last Wednesday. In the first four days over three million of you have already downloaded the final release. Thank you!
Apparently, people loves them some Firefox. Within 24 hours of the official launch on Tuesday, there were over 2 million people using Firefox 2, and we were seeing a peak rate of more than 30 downloads per second from our website.
If I can do my math, Firefox is seeing more than twice the rate of downloads, give or take. To put a spin on things even more, both those numbers are voluntary downloads. It will be interesting to see if the numbers game continues from the IE dev team when Windows pushes it on Patch Tuesday.
Today, at our LUG Firefox release party, we went over absolute must-have extensions and a few tips and tricks for the Firefox browser, most of which came from about:config. Well, TweakGuides has a very extensive list of tweaks you can do to Firefox to make it flex it's muscles. Although the majority of the article is written for Windows installations, most of the tweaks are platform independent.
Google Browser Sync is an extension for Firefox that allows you to save you bookmarks, preferences, saved information, browsing history and current session over multiple computers using you Google account. Of course, everything is stored on Google's servers, and the connection between you and Google when transferring data is 100% encrypted. An absolute must have for Firefox. Goodbye del.icio.us.
- Firefox 2 released on Tuesday, October 24th.
- Fedora Core 6 released on Tuesday, October 24th with Firefox 188.8.131.52 shipped.
- Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft released on Thursday, October 26th with Firefox 2 final shipped.
Now which distro do you want to use? Note: Ubuntu is the first, and so far, only GNU/Linux distro to ship with Firefox 2.
A note on the naming: it's Firefox 2, not Firefox 2.0. Just to clear any confusion. 🙂