Firefox 3.0 Released

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Firefox 3.0 is going to be released today at 1:00 PM EST and 10:00 AM PST, other times can be found here. This is going to be a huge release where the Mozilla team is going for the Guiness World Record for the most software downloads in one day.

I have included a schedule below of the events for today leading up to the actual release. When the even is completed it will be marked as such on the official Firefox 3.0 Release Wiki.

repackage & sign builds with new name June 13th
send signed windows builds to AV partners June 13th
move new web content to authstage June 16th, 2:00pm PDT
QA tests web changes on authstage June 16th, 5:56pm PDT
QA tests live builds (fresh install, overwrite existing Fx2) June 16th, 5:00pm PDT
begin seeding mirrors with final builds June 17th, 12:10am PDT
QA can start testing bouncer links June 17th, 2:20am PDT
Any problems with mirrors should be reported June 17th, 6:00am PDT
Final changes to mozilla.com content due on trunk June 17th, 9:00am PDT
QA confirms web changes on authstage June 17th, 9:30am PDT
Web changes pushed live June 17th, 9:55am PDT
Download Day web changes pushed live June 17th, 9:56am PDT
IT clears cache from Download Day site June 17th, 9:57am PDT
QA confirms Download Day site changes June 17th, 9:59am PDT
Release & Download Day announced June 17th, 10:00am PDT
Easy-to-use version for girls announced * June 17th, 10:00am PDT

I for one can't wait. I have been purposely not downloading the Release Candidate versions so I could be surprised by the massive upgrade that Firefox 3.0 is suppose to be. My wish list includes:

  1. Less crashes through better memory management
  2. Better bookmark management
  3. And a less clunky interface

I will update this post through out the day so visit back to get my reaction to FF3, and some screen shots.

Update: Apparently the "Easy-to-use version for girls" was canceled. Just kidding, my copy and paste from the Mozilla release page, happened during a joke somebody was playing on the site. The Help Desk Officer website tipped me off to this [translated] mistake in the schedule.

Update (1:16 PM EST): The Mozilla website is under very heavy load, and I can't even get on.

Update (1:52 PM EST): For anybody who doesn't care about the Guiness World Record you can download Firefox directly from this http://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-3.0&os=win&%20lang=en-US

Nick Berardi

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