The software, available
for free, loads Web pages as much as three times quicker
than Firefox 2, increases protection against malicious software
attacks and makes it easier to access frequently visited sites,
At their busiest the servers were handling more than
9,000 downloads per minute. Within five hours the number of
downloads for Version 3.0 exceeded the 1.6 million set by
Firefox 2.0 in October 2006.
In total Firefox
3.0 was downloaded 8.002 million times over the 24
hour record setting period. The figure beats the five million
Mozilla predicted before the day.
The surge of interest in Firefox
3.0 has continued and Mozilla
has reported that the software has now been downloaded more
than 10 million times.
However, some of the shine of the launch was removed
by reports that a security firm had already found a flaw in
DV Labs/Tipping Point reported a flaw only five
hours after Firefox 3.0 debuted. The flaw potentially lets
an attacker take over a PC if a user clicks on a booby-trapped