So Chris Beard has posted details about the first week after the Firefox 2 launch. The figures are quite impressive. I cannot emphasize enough how proud I am that we shipped in 37 languages for 3 platforms. Being European, I know that covering many languages is an absolute must: for our non-US users, getting the best Web experience possible starts by having a browser in their native language[1].

The overall quality of the product is so good that both PC Magazine and CNet gave to Firefox 2 their respective Editor's choice award! (On Cnet's review, Firefox has won 5 of the 5 rounds!)

Alexa (the Web ranking site) has named the Mozilla sites as the Movers &Shakers (see screenshot[2]).

Download numbers are amazing, too. As Asa puts it:

Firefox 1.0: 1 million downloads in the first 24 hours.

Firefox 1.5: 1.5 million downloads in the first 24 hours.

Firefox 2: 2 million (actually slightly more) people using Firefox 2 in the first 24 hours.

It's amazing that we are serving up to 30 downloads a second, all of them to users that have chosen to use a better browser.

It's been 5 years since I started promoting a more open web by contributing to the Mozilla project, and I have to admit that I have been continuously amazed by what the group has been able to achieve. I am very proud to be part of this community, dedicated to choice and innovation on the Internet.


[1] Many, many thanks to the volunteers that makes this possible.

[2] As dria (our amazing MDC wikimaster) says : "the top 7 are all Mozilla-related. The" is where the IE Team cake photo was posted, and mozdev is right below it at #7".