Peak Downloads For Firefox Slows Mozilla Site

by CXOtoday Staff    Nov 10, 2004

Firefox 1.0- Mozilla Foundation’s first product aimed at users looking for an alternate browser, has met with an overwhelming response from users worldwide. This heavy rush has resulted in performance issues for the Mozilla site.

According to a release by Web monitor Netcraft, within hours of the browser’s official launch, the Mozilla site was slowing and Firefox enthusiasts were making use of the Google cache of download mirror sites. The list was also posted to Slashdot to help ease the traffic burden on the site, which is hosted by

The site has had some availability problems, but by 8 p.m. GMT the site was able to easily serve downloads of the 4.7 megabyte Firefox installation file for broadband users.

The open source Firefox browser is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux as a free download from, and is available in over a dozen languages. Around eight million copies of the browser were downloaded during its preview phase.

The Web browser is the result of approximately two years of work. Included in the release is a new start page, which was formulated from user research including the home page poll taken here. Futhermore, the release will feature over a dozen localized builds released at the same time as the main English build, a first for the Foundation.

Builds are available from or from the FTP server and release notes are also available. Support is available in from the Firefox support forum.