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Post by Dan @ 09:03am 18/06/08 | 58 Comments
Firefox 3 is now officially released and available for download from the Mozilla website. Ordinarilly, we'd be linking you to our local download mirror of the browser, but today is different. It's download day and they are trying to set a world record for the most downloads of a single product in a single day.
Sounds like a good deal, right? All you have to do to help us set the record for the most software downloaded in 24 hours is get Firefox 3 now its that easy. We're not asking you to swallow a sword or to balance 30 spoons on your face, although that would be kind of awesome.
Download day officially ends at 17:00 UTC on June 18, 2008 (3am June 19 Sydney time) so get cracking.

Update: now the download record is achieved we've got mirrors of the installers up now - Mac OS X, Windows and Linux.



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Latest Comments
Mr Hardware
Posted 09:21am 18/6/08
pew pew - done
adblock doesn't work :(
ps i only use ie7 for qgl
jadz0r
Posted 09:30am 18/6/08
Yeah it's a shame that some of the plugins don't work yet. Especially annoying that firebug hasn't got a release out yet.
niklaos
Posted 09:34am 18/6/08
wow it certainly is faster
Dan
Posted 09:36am 18/6/08
Jadz0r, I've got firebug running. Think it's a beta ver though.
Le C***
Posted 09:53am 18/6/08
How do companies like mozilla that make free products make money?
trog
Posted 09:57am 18/6/08
Through donations and support from large companies. If you have some spare dollars, throw them mozilla's way!
Midda
Posted 10:09am 18/6/08
adblock doesn't work :(

Well you're doing it wrong, because Adblock has been working with FF3 for months.
Nathan
Posted 10:12am 18/6/08
How do companies like mozilla that make free products make money?


In Firefox's case, Google pays them millions for having Google as the default search engine.
trog
Posted 10:14am 18/6/08
oh no, all-in-one guestures doesn't work, my browser is usability-cripped - how do I fix it!@#
niklaos
Posted 10:18am 18/6/08
on the download day website the total currently sits at like 2.2million, so far they have smashed the 1.5mil mark lol

keep going!

ff3 for president
Twisted
Posted 10:22am 18/6/08
Ah s***...the auto-url thing is still s*** house....worst idea ever to do that :/

Example: Type "com" into the URL.. the piece of s*** goes looking through all of your favourites and any site you've been to recently with com in it and just lists them from the latest on I think.

Anyone know how to change this?

last edited by Twisted at 10:22:33 18/Jun/08
trog
Posted 10:23am 18/6/08
You can disable the awesomebar pretty easily IIRC, but all the comments I've seen show that once you get used to how it works, it is way way way better, so I'd encourage you to give it a go and learn how it works. At first it will no doubt be a change but from what I've read it is a big improvement.
Hyperslide
Posted 10:25am 18/6/08
WOW gotta say they have made Firefox run much faster ...its either that or my old version was bugged out
Midda
Posted 10:28am 18/6/08
oh no, all-in-one guestures doesn't work, my browser is usability-cripped - how do I fix it!@#

Pretty much everything works, including all-in-one gestures, it's just that a lot of them aren't loaded because they're not officially supported in FF3. If you download the Nightly Tester Tools add-on, it'll make all of your out-of-date addons work again. Well, maybe not all of them, but in my case, all of them are working.

Only thing that doesn't work in all-in-one gestures (at least until they update it) is that the close gesture only closes tabs. It wont close the browser anymore.
trog
Posted 10:35am 18/6/08
Nightly Tester Tools add-on
oh yeh I forgot about that, ta.
Only thing that doesn't work in all-in-one gestures (at least until they update it) is that the close gesture only closes tabs. It wont close the browser anymore.
That's OK, I only use 4 - scroll to top/bottom of page, and forward/back pages.
Twisted
Posted 10:49am 18/6/08
Browser.urlbar.matchBehavior

That's what I was after! w00t! Normal URL match behaviour returns :)
I'd encourage you to give it a go and learn how it works
I tried using it during the beta/rc's, but hated it and just found it s*** and stupid....
parabol
Posted 10:59am 18/6/08
Example: Type "com" into the URL.. the piece of s*** goes looking through all of your favourites and any site you've been to recently with com in it

Type "com" or "www" into google and you'll see similar results.

The awesome bar is awesome .. can't imagine doing things any other way :)
teq
Posted 11:04am 18/6/08
mines crashed once already today when trying to open a .avi
reso
Posted 11:08am 18/6/08
F*** yeah, I f*****g love Firefox.
TicMan
Posted 11:22am 18/6/08
I can't connect to the download site :(
ara
Posted 11:25am 18/6/08

Update: Looks like we're getting ahead of ourselves. Although a file titled, "Firefox 3.0" (without the RC# associated with previous release candidates) is active and available to download, it looks like it's just the RC3 installer placed in the final 3.0 folder.


this is actually incorrect. just out of interest i did an md5sum on the file that was there yesterday and the one being put out today and they are the same.

c971bb2273d24d62dd15dcdbd6030ea3 Firefox Setup 3.0.exe
c971bb2273d24d62dd15dcdbd6030ea3 Firefox Setup 3.0.exe.yesterday

Seems like a load of crap just to make sure people re download it today.
ara
Posted 11:42am 18/6/08

hrough donations and support from large companies. If you have some spare dollars, throw them mozilla's way!


i bought a shirt of them back when they had version 1. when people didn't know what firefox was. now if you wear it it is like wearing a big NERD sign over your head or worse, a shirt with an apple logo on it.
trog
Posted 11:54am 18/6/08
Seems like a load of crap just to make sure people re download it today.
more like a load of crap so engadget can link whore like douchebags. That's the second lame thing they've done in like a week (optus iphone plans, whatever). Its sort of completely unsurprising that the RC3 version is the same as the final release, its just lame that in an attempt to link whore and possibly screw up the Mozilla attempt for the world record, they treated as this awesome breaking story.
scuzzy
Posted 12:07pm 18/6/08
Poor north koreans

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infi
Posted 12:21pm 18/6/08
i've done my bit.
ravn0s
Posted 12:54pm 18/6/08
what was the previous record that they are trying to break?
mongie
Posted 01:05pm 18/6/08
I believe it was around 1.5 million.
Python
Posted 02:01pm 18/6/08
Carson
Posted 05:10pm 18/6/08
You can disable the awesomebar pretty easily IIRC, but all the comments I've seen show that once you get used to how it works, it is way way way better, so I'd encourage you to give it a go and learn how it works. At first it will no doubt be a change but from what I've read it is a big improvement.


Yeah, it took a while for me to get used to it in the beta. But now, I probably couldn't browse without it. Very nifty.
fade
Posted 05:18pm 18/6/08
taken me most of the day to acclimatise to the new address bar. At first it was painful. now its awesome. Speed is greatly improved, even without fasterfox addon.

they've just his 4.75m downloads.
Jabroney
Posted 05:27pm 18/6/08
i luv the speed and stability of the new firefox.

but wats this new address bar and awesomebar that ppl are talking about? i cant seem to notice much different.
infi
Posted 05:37pm 18/6/08
At first it was painful. now its awesome.


That's why it's called the awesome bar. It remembers all of the sites you visit and their titles and the tags assigned by you when you save them as a favourite and then you can type any of those words in the bar and it will start throwing up suggestions of what your are looking for.

The deeper the history your create the more awesome it becomes.... trust me.
Bah
Posted 05:53pm 18/6/08
Kinda makes your porn browsing a little more obvious though.
fade
Posted 06:05pm 18/6/08
just type "teen" into your awesomebar and it'll find everything :)

also, it seems to be less of a memory hog.
Insom
Posted 08:44pm 18/6/08
none of the north koreans who pledged followed through? that's a bit inconsiderate
Spook
Posted 10:19pm 18/6/08
i am using firefox3, i dont have a chubby and my browsing today seems to be exactly like my browsing yesterday

i must be doing something wrong
infi
Posted 11:10pm 18/6/08
Kinda makes your porn browsing a little more obvious though.


are you ashamed of your alien tentacle preferences?
sif greazy
Posted 11:52pm 18/6/08
Python what does the cake say? Congratulations on s***ting? shipping? stiffing?
Triamks
Posted 09:06am 19/6/08
Shipping.
trog
Posted 10:23am 19/6/08
Update: now the download record is achieved we've got mirrors of the installers up now - Mac OS X, Windows and Linux.
trog
Posted 11:57am 19/6/08
I just realised when I upgraded it used the bookmarks.html from a completely different profile, wtf. Anyone else have a problem like that ?

edit: Oh, I had this exact problem. Followed manual restore steps and now it is fine.

last edited by trog at 11:57:37 19/Jun/08
CSIRAC
Posted 01:41pm 19/6/08
Anyone else notice ff3 uses even more memory than ff2...also seems slightly sluggish when heavily multitasking.
Midda
Posted 03:09pm 19/6/08
No, but I have noticed the complete opposite.
trog
Posted 03:11pm 19/6/08
haha midda

yeh I agree, it seems about a billion times better. It's so awesome to get a software upgrade that really features some noticable differences for a change. Pretty stoked about the whole thing really.
ravn0s
Posted 09:47am 20/6/08
is there anyway to delete the stuff that comes up in the awsome bar?
reso
Posted 09:52am 20/6/08
Highlight it without clicking it and press the delete key. There's probably more ways to do it as well.
ravn0s
Posted 09:57am 20/6/08
cheers. does the awsome bar search through your bookmarks to find anything that matches what your typing? it keeps coming up with s*** i cant remember ever searching for.
reso
Posted 09:58am 20/6/08
Yeah, as far as I know it does.
ravn0s
Posted 10:03am 20/6/08
cheers
Jim
Posted 10:06am 20/6/08
yeah this version seems to be using about half the memory it was with the previous versions on my machine
trog
Posted 10:12am 20/6/08
Wow, now I'm starting to get used to the awesomebar, its f*****g awesome. I often go back to pages on old sites - for example, ausgamers files pages - and now I can just type like 'aus gran' and it'll take me to the AusGamers Granado Espada files page.

Need some more practice so I start doing it reflexively but it seems awesome.
Mr Hardware
Posted 10:45am 20/6/08
i thought aus gran would be like the old ausbabes except it would be for the ageing AGN population - obes, jim etc
ara
Posted 10:46am 20/6/08

your mum
trog
Posted 04:11pm 20/6/08
Here's something that sucks - you can't seem to drag/drop entire folders on the bookmarks toolbar, even in organise bookmarks mode. Anyone know how to do that?
Jim
Posted 04:13pm 20/6/08
haha mr hardware, that IS a sexy idea
eighty-eight
Posted 04:46pm 20/6/08
new zoom feature rocks with the picture enlargement too. (ctrl+ mouse wheel up/down)
nF
Posted 06:29pm 20/6/08
new zoom feature rocks with the picture enlargement too. (ctrl+ mouse wheel up/down)


imagine it on ausgran.

are you imagining it yet?
Insom
Posted 07:31pm 20/6/08
yeah zoom with pics is great, especially svg pics

you may say it is "the win"
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