Thursday, June 19, 2008

Firefox and Iraq

Seems Firefox 3 is out and Mozilla is dancing as fast as it can to get their new browser downloaded enough times in 24 hours to set a record. I was vaguely aware because Blogsnow and Rocketboom were both on the story.

James Fallows has the details.

...trying to gin up a world-wide effort to get as many people as possible to download the official version of Firefox 3 on its release day, June 17. And if users around the world hit the servers all at once, they could set a Guinness World Record for most downloads in a 24-hour span.

I'm no geek, but this is clearly as important to geekdom as Tiger Woods is to golf.
This really cool interactive map has the details but for me this is a big ho-hum...
What jumped out at me was a bit of trivia at the end of his post. of this moment, 102 people had downloaded it in Iraq -- versus more than 136,000 in Iran. Make of that what you will.

What I make of it is that the last few years have left Iraq in really bad shape. And the mess has "Made by USA" all over it.
Meantime, Persia is still connected.

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