950 Million Downloads And Going

Firefox 3.5 reached 5 million downloads in the first 24 hours according to Ars Technica:

Mozilla officially released Firefox 3.5 on Tuesday. The new version of the popular open source web browser has attracted considerable attention and is already seeing rapid adoption. It was downloaded over 5 million times during the first 24 hours. This falls short of the record-setting 8 million downloads that Firefox 3 had during its first day, but it still reflects the intense enthusiasm of the browser’s fans.

The collective number of total Firefox downloads exceeded 500 million last year and is currently estimated at roughly 950 million. It could exceed one billion by the end of August.

IE 8 Contest

Ten grand is buried here. Nice try Microsoft. I’m not going to change browser for $10,000 I know I’ll never win. If Microsoft really wants to give away $10,000, why does it have to involved ditching your browser in lieu of their browser. It says, “it’s cleverly concealed webpage that only IE 8 can view.” Is it because IE 8 does not follow standards and it’s written in a code that only IE 8 can view? That’s funny. It should really say, “cleverly concealed” marketing inside. The best part of all, it ends it by saying, “Tell your friends. It’s not as stupid as it sounds.”

Opera Unite

Opera Software is offering Opera Unite, a web browser with a built-in small web server. Opera will allow users to share files, photos and music using Unite along with a half a dozen optional services. The services offered are file sharing, media player, photo sharing and a Facebook type of wall called Fridge. Users will have the ability to secure and password-protect a site, make it public or private. Only music with no pirate protection can be shared. Opera Unite is still in Alpha. It’s an interesting tack for Opera Software because while companies are betting on cloud services, Opera’s vision is to ditch the middleman, the so called third party services. Opera currently has 0.72% market share in the browser market. Will Unite make Opera gain a respectable market share?

Install Firefox 3.5 on Ubuntu 9.04

So, you are getting a little envious because Fedora 11 just came out and they have Firefox 3.5 Beta 4 installed by default. You want to test out the latest Firefox on your Ubuntu desktop. No worries. The following instruction details the steps necessary to install Firefox 3.5 on Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope.

1. Open up your current Firefox browser and get the Public Key for Firefox 3.5. Copy, Paste and Save the public key to a text file.

2. Open System > Administration > Software Sources. Click on the “Third-Party Software” tab and add the following source:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/fta/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main

3. Click the “Authentication” tab and import the key file that you saved on Step 1.

4. Open System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager. Click the Reload button first, Search for “Firefox 3.5″ and then Install.

5. After the install, you can run Firefox 3.5 by accessing Applications > Internet > Shiretoko Web Browser.

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What’s the big deal with Firefox 3.5? The biggest feature is the Private Browsing Mode or anonymous browsing. This means that you’ll be able to browse websites with no history, no cookies, no visited pages, no search and form history, no saved passwords, no download list and no web cache files. Awesome.

Chrome For Linux

Google just announce that Chrome is now available for Linux and the Mac, but it comes with a big fat warning to “NOT download them” unless you’re a developer or tester and you’re willing to work with a buggy release. The current version is rough and unstable. It’s an incomplete product that’s unpredictable and crashes often. So, why release it? To make good on a promise? Yes, Google delivered, but it’s a half-baked product at the moment. So, I would wait before using it. But, if you’re itching to get your hands dirty on Chrome. Go ahead and download it, but expect a very bumpy ride.

IE Explorer Losing More Ground

The latest web metrics from Net Applications, Inc. gave Internet Explorer a market share of just below 70%, a decrease of a few percentage points from last month’s numbers.

Meanwhile, Mozilla Firefox climbed above the 20% mark for the first time, while Safari increased to 7.1% and Google Chrome settled at 0.83%. The market share for browser use is available here.

I expect Internet Explorer use to diminish as the months go by as more and more home users will opt for Mozilla’s Firefox, Apple’s Safari or Google’s Chrome which is currently in Beta mode.

A large percentage of the 70% market share for Internet Explorer is corporate use. Corporations can’t easily depart from Internet Explorer due to legacy applications that only work with Internet Explorer.

As more of these applications are phased out and new applications becoming more compliant to run on any browser – not just IE, you’ll see more companies turning over to Mozilla’s Firefox.

Another factor is the economy. Belts will tighten, more corporations will opt for open source solutions if and when available. The Internet Explorer market share can dip further down under the current recession.

With IE 7 having been out for a while now and IE 8 looming in the horizon, many corporations will not upgrade to the upcoming release of IE 8. At least not right away.

Expect the trend to continue for IE Explorer. It will lose more market share in the upcoming months.

Firefox 3.1 Private Browsing

The upcoming Firefox 3.1 release will have private browsing mode for users who do not want to leave traces of their online activity on their local computers. One caveat, it’s not a privacy tool to make you anonymous from websites or from your internet service provider. Others have coined private browsing mode as “porn mode.”

Nevertheless, its main function is to protect users from leaving cookies, cache pages, etc. on their local computers. It’s perfect tool for people who travel and use public computers, internet cafes or someone just borrowing a friend’s computer.

To begin a private session in Firefox 3.1, all you have to do is select private browsing from the browser’s tools menu. While in private browsing mode, there will be text notification added to the top of the address bar to indicate that you are in a private browsing mode.

To close the private session mode, all you have to do is is uncheck the same item in the tools menu and it will remove all the data in your private mode session.

Firefox 3.0 Download Day

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The official date for the launch of Firefox 3.0 is June 17, 2008. Join Firefox set a world record for the most software downloaded in 24 hours. Pledge now. Here are some of the new features of Firefox 3.0. Help spread Firefox. If you want to see a sneak preview of Firefox 3.0, you can download the Release Candidate 3 in your language of choice. Firefox 3.0 is also available in Windows, MacOS and Linux operating systems.