Its very hard to put into words what we have all achieved with the launch of Firefox 3. I think we are all still incredibly overwhelmed by the success of Download Day and the mind boggling 8 million downloads in a 24 hour period. What is clear though, is that not only did the world listen and take note (see Tristan’s blog post on the amazing press coverage we received) – but millions of people are now using the best browser they possibly can.

36 hours after launch, more than 11 million people have downloaded Firefox 3 with Net Applications claiming Firefox 3’s current market share is already over 6%.

Its been a long journey – 34 months of work, and more than 15,000 improvements. Plus going live with a new website, and 48 language versions across 3 platforms all on the same day – absolutely mindblowing work.

But one has to stop for a moment and put all this into perspective:

1. Mozilla is made up of a global community of people who have been working on Firefox 3 for months across the world. Contributors helping in their free time and at weekends to help Mozilla make not just a good browser, but the best browser out there. Colloboration equals speed and magnitude.

2. Firefox 3 was built in the open with a highly disciplined, transparent and cooperative development process. Anyone could go and see the latest developments, download the very latest beta release (infact more than 2 million of you actively used the beta versions before launch) or nightly build, file and fix bugs. The source code is open, if you want to build upon it – we welcome you. Openness breeds innovation and freedom.

3. We work under the umbrella of the non-profit Mozilla Foundation. Mozilla could not exist without our global community and 180 million Firefox users who care and spread the word of Open Source and the Open Web every day. No money could ever buy their passion, energy and commitment working together to improve the online experience for people everywhere. Participation equals inclusion.

I wanted to remind you all about this, and the enormity of what we have built together, in the open, for the benefit of people everywhere. I’m humbled by our achievement.

The age of collaboration and mass participation on the Web is only just beginning, and I’m sure we are going to see more open source projects be they software related, for science, engineering, the arts, movies, even energy. Firefox is a testament to what can be achieved if we all work together – it should be an inspiration to us all.