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Last Thursday I had the great pleasure of attending the Pocket Lint Annual Gadget Awards. Firefox 3 has been nominated, and I am delighted to say we won “Best Software” 2008. Every award Mozilla wins is important and no more so than Pocket Lint whose judging quality is excellent. This is one of the first awards we have won in the UK for Firefox 3.  I spoke with Stuart Miles, the Editor of Pocket Lint on the award night, and was glad to have the opportunity to tell him how proud we are of the product and what everyone as part of the Mozilla project has done to bring the best possible browser to ordinary people.

Thanks again Pocket Lint. We hope to see you next year!

Back in the UK now and catching up…. and trying to get over the jet lag.. again..

I posted last week on the official Mozilla blog about the GWR certificate:

http://blog.mozilla.com/blog/2008/07/10/mozillas-guinness-world-record-certificate/

Just wanted to shout out here before its too late to Ian, Davina, Charlie, and Peter at Glaxstar who organized and sponsored the event – we couldn’t have done this without you! Thank you too for eBay who also bought drinks!

Big thanks to Tristan who came over from Paris to accept the award and to Gerv Markham who attended on behalf on the Mozilla Foundation. Seth was carrying the all important cargo back from Europe this weekend to share the certificate with Mozillians in the US.

Unfortantely I missed it. but from what I can see here – a great time was had by all! 🙂

I’m working from glorious Mountain View this week at our Mozilla HQ. After leaving a very wet and gloomy English summer, I’m delighted (if a little hot under the collar) to be basking in the mini heatwave California is enjoying. Yesterday we reached the high 90s, and today its set to top more than 100 degrees. I’ll certainly be making the most of that sunshine before heading back home – its usually a once a century occassion for the UK!

Its only the start of day Wednesday here and its already been a very productive week. I’ve been meeting with my Marketing team colleagues, plus the Addons team, Window Snyder, and by the end of the week I’ll have met with most of the folks who we work closely with from our US based team. We’ve been talking a bunch of things and working through ideas for the rest of the year. Its been great to catch up with people I work with every day and meet some of the new folks who have recently joined. More on this next week.

Spain
El Mundo: http://www.elmundo.es/navegante/2008/07/03/tecnologia/1215080181.html
El Pais: http://www.elpais.com/articulo/internet/Firefox/entra/forma/oficial/Guinness/elpeputec/20080703elpepunet_2/Tes
IDG: http://www.idg.es/pcworld/Firefox_marca_nuevo_record_al_alcanzar_el_19_por_c/doc69403.htm
Eleconmista: http://www.eleconomista.es/telecomunicaciones-tecnologia/noticias/635061/07/08/Mozilla-reclama-un-record-Guinness-por-las-descargas-de-Firefox.html

VNUNet: http://www.vnunet.es/es/vnunet/news/2008/07/03/confirmado_firefox_3_entra_en_el_guinness

UK
SlashDot: http://tech.slashdot.org/tech/08/07/03/1251206.shtml
ZDNet, UK: http://news.zdnet.co.uk/software/0,1000000121,39442162,00.htm
The Register: http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2008/07/03/firefox_3_official_world_record/
VNUNet.com: http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2220602/mozilla-claims-guinness-download
PC Pro: http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/210150/firefox-breaks-download-record.html
WebUser: http://www.webuser.co.uk/news/262711.html
TechRadar: http://www.techradar.com/news/internet/mozilla-president-reveals-all-about-firefox-mobile–392112

Italy
AdnKronos: http://www.adnkronos.com/IGN/CyberNews/?id=1.0.2308270925
Vitadigitale: http://vitadigitale.corriere.it/2008/07/una_volpe_da_primato.html (Corriere della Sera.it)
Repubblica: http://www.repubblica.it/2007/09/sezioni/scienza_e_tecnologia/browser/record-firefox-volpe/record-firefox-volpe.html (Repubblica)
Ilsole: http://www.ilsole24ore.com/art/SoleOnLine4/Tecnologia%20e%20Business/2008/06/firefox-guinness.shtml?uuid=2f30b996-3956-11dd-8cc1-00000e251029&DocRulesView=Libero&fromSearch (Sole 24 Ore)
Iloiornale: http://www.ilgiornale.it/a.pic1?ID=273528&PRINT=S (Il Giornale)
La Stampa: http://www.lastampa.it/_web/cmstp/tmplrubriche/tecnologia/grubrica.asp?ID_blog=30&ID_articolo=4790&ID_sezione=38&sezione=News (La Stampa)

Germany
Reuters: http://de.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idDEFRO34120920080703
Heise : http://www.heise.de/newsticker/Firefox-3-Download-nun-offiziell-Weltrekord–/meldung/110377
PC-Welt : http://www.pcwelt.de/start/software_os/online/news/169446/firefox_30_darf_sich_mit_guinness_weltrekord_schmuecken/
Zdnet : http://www.zdnet.de/news/software/0,39023144,39192961,00.htm
Chip.de : http://www.chip.de/news/Geschafft-Firefox-3-im-Guinness-Buch_32143950.html
Golem.de : http://www.golem.de/0807/60813.html
Berliner Morgenpost: http://www.morgenpost.de/printarchiv/wirtschaft/article652538/Internetbrowser_Firefox_stellt_Weltrekord_fuer_Downloads_auf.html

Poland
Gazeta.pl: http://technologie.gazeta.pl/technologie/1,87232,5421430,Eksperci_Guinessa_potwierdzaja__Mozilla_ustanowila.html
Webinside.pl: http://www.webinside.pl/news/5024
Gery.pl: http://newsroom.gery.pl/notka,284919,Rekord_Guinnessa_Mozilli_juz_oficjalnie.html
Chip.pl: http://newsroom.chip.pl/news_226092.html?rss

PC Lab: http://pclab.pl/news33086.html

France:

Reuters :  Firefox revendique le record de téléchargements en 24 heures …

L’Informaticien :  Firefox 3 dans le Guiness : plus de 8 millions de téléchargements !

Vnunet :  Firefox 3 : premier logiciel à entrer dans le Guinness Book

Le Monde Informatique : Mozilla et Firefox 3 entrent officiellement au Guinness Book

Challenges.fr :  Firefox 3 a été téléchargé 8 002 530 fois en 24 heures

Record de téléchargements pour Firefox 3

Le Point.fr : Firefox revendique le record de téléchargements en 24 heures

01Net : Firefox 3 fait son entrée dans le « Guinness Book »

Internet Standard: http://www.internetstandard.pl/news/157773.html
Di.com.pl: http://di.com.pl/news/21732,0,Firefox_3_jest_rekord_Guinnessa.html

Xiti releases a studyon on the impact of Download Day and the launch of Firefox 3 in Europe:
http://www.xitimonitor.com/en-us/browsers-barometer/ff3-june-2008/index-1-2-3-133.html?xtor=11

Quoting Xiti – “Download Day” is plain to see: the average share of visits by Firefox 3 in European countries practically doubled between June 17 and 18, 2008:

* From June 9 to 17, Firefox 3’s market share is pretty stable…
* before rising from 3.6% on June 17 to 6.5% on June 18, 2008 with the launch of its official release.

Firefox 3’s share of visits then rises day by day to hit 9.3% on June 22, 2008, or almost one visit in every ten on average in Europe and a threefold rise during the week when “Download day” took place”.

They go on to show the table above with EU’s average market share hovering around 34% – which would be a 5% increase since the last Xiti report was published in April (http://www.xitimonitor.com/en-us/browsers-barometer/firefox-march-2008/index-1-2-3-127.html). The numbers in this table are pretty changeable, reaching 34% 2 days before the launch of Fx 3.

Xiti should be publishing their quarterly report at the end of this month – it will be interesting to see the numbers for EU over this longer period.

Mozilla Firefox community in the UK – join us this Wednesday July 9th to celebrate our Guinness World Record success, and Firefox 3. Gaz Deaves from GWR will be presenting the World Record Certificate to Tristan Nitot, President of Mozilla Europe and Gerv Markham of the Mozilla Foundation.

Glaxstar has kindly organized the evening bash at Club Eve in central London, and doors open at 6:30pm GMT.

An evening of fun, celebration, networking and dancing late into the evening with Mozilla – where else would you want to be on a barmy evening in London? Nearly 200 people have already signed up to come along.

There are free drinks until late courtesy of our friends at eBay and Glaxstar. Read more about the party and register on the Mozilla Party central: http://mozillaparty.com/en-US/events/view/853

Have fun – you deserve it!

Today, millions of people are celebrating Independence Day in America. Originally, begun to celebrate the Declaration of independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1776, millions are simply celebrating family, togetherness and freedom. Being a Brit with many American friends – some in the US, some in the UK trying to reclaim their dependence, I’ve celebrated many an Independence Day and always enjoyed partaking in the celebration of freedom (the Brits were all too happy to take that away from so many over the centuries).

Since joining Mozilla last year, I’ve spent alot of time thinking about what Freedom means particularly on the Web, and for the Web. Be that Freedom from the often evils of propriety technology, freedom to choose and online privacy, to accessibility and security. Its clear to me that here at Mozilla we have been doing an amazing job with our products and work, but there is a long way to go before the Web is closer to the vision we set out in the original Mozilla Manifesto guiding principles. Every day though we do get a little closer, and the Mozilla community grows a little stronger.

Launching Firefox 3 on June 17th recently, and seeing the amazing 8M+ number of downloads clock up in 24-hours – I was thrilled to see so many people freely making a choice on which Web browser they use. In fact, since those 24 hours, another 22M of you have also made that choice (Firefox 3 was now downloaded more than 30 million times in the last 18 days). To take a trip back down memory lane — some years ago, selecting your Web browser of choice was virtually impossible, there was really only one choice for most people. I’m glad to say we’ve come a long way since those days. Mozilla as an open source project and movement has been pivotal in driving back innovation and bringing forward choice to this most important window on the Web. But the work is by far not done, and we are only at the foot of the mountain.

So today on July 4th, I would urge you to also help promote freedom and choice on the Web.

Tell someone they do have a options,

show them how they can participate,

help them understand they too can help make the Web a better place for everyone.

Happy July 4th!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7486668.stm

Mozilla has officially made history with a new Guinness world record for the largest number of software downloads in a 24-hour period.”

8,002,530 people downloaded Firefox 3 from 18:16 UTC on June 17, 2008 to 18:16 UTC on June 18, 2008 and if that was one of you thank you!! You helped set a Guinness World Record for the “largest number of software downloads in 24 hours.”

I’m still in awe of your accomplishment! As I blogged about before please dont forget to download your certificate!

Here’s the full quote from GWR: “As the arbiter and recorder of the world’s amazing facts, Guinness World Records is pleased to add Mozilla’s achievement to our archives,” said Gareth Deaves, Records Manager for Guinness World Records. “Mobilising over 8 million internet users within 24 hours is an extremely impressive accomplishment and we would like to congratulate the Mozilla community for their hard work and dedication.”

Read the official Mozilla Blog post

And see the press release for more facts

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Did you already download Firefox 3? Go get your Download Day certificate here:

http://www.spreadfirefox.com/en-US/worldrecord/certificate_form

I’m as proud as punch about mine…

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