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    The official launch (Firefox 3)

    The official date for the launch of Firefox 3 is June 17, 2008. Download Day includes a chance to participate ina World Record attempt.
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    Re: The official launch (Firefox 3)

    For a good guide to the changes in Firefox 3, see Field Guide to Firefox 3

    For those of you using the Bookmark Backup extension, you will need to update to the latest version of this extension since Firefox 3 uses new files to store most of the user data such as bookmarks, passwords, cookies, browsing history etc. To update Bookmark Backup you need to install the latest version from Pike's Mozilla Firefox Extensions - Bookmark Backup

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    Re: The official launch (Firefox 3)

    Just to help them set a record, I will participate in the Download Day, but I'm not too sure I'll install right away. Since you and Joe Perez gave me some guidance when I was in the midst of aclimating to Vista ( thread <post:=709,925>post 709,925</post:> ) I'm now gonna be a little nervous about upsetting what I've already got working quite nicely and without problems. I run Firefox and Thunderbird from BOTH Vista and XP, using the same, single profile and that's quite a convenience for me, since I hop from one OS to the other each day.

    If you happen to come across the subject of dual boot for Fx 3 or such, please let me know. Meanwhile, I'm off to read what the version 3 brings...

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    Re: The official launch (Firefox 3)

    If you want to test a minor update first in your new dual boot system, Firefox 2.0.0.15 is due for release on June 24th, as with anything from Mozilla, date subject to change. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: The official launch (Firefox 3)

    > as with anything from Mozilla, date subject to change…

    Has "Mozilla" morphed into a generic term for "any software developer"? <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: The official launch (Firefox 3)

    Since IT IS already "The" day in a good part of the world, I just clipped this from Firefox 3 World Record | Spread Firefox:
    <hr>The Official Download Day Time
    Posted June 16th, 2008 by mary
    Hi all: Download Day starts on <big>June 17th at 10 a.m. PDT.</big> <hr>

    Added later (not worth another post): There's a fair amount of "grumbling" going on in the Mozillazine forums and elsewhere due to the fact that the powers that be failed to say that this grand download day STARTS at 10 AM today, San Francisco time!

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    Re: The official launch (Firefox 3)

    This time corresponds to 18:00 in Noble British Summer Time... How much chance to we get to contribute to a meaningless record attempt, eh? [Mozillazine grumble]
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    Re: The official launch (Firefox 3)

    At least you get some chance. The poor people in Australia and East Asia don't get a chance at all to download it on the 17th because it's already the 18th for them! <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>

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    Re: The official launch (Firefox 3)

    I don't know whether anything I was reading this morning contains any comments from actual members of "Mozilla management" but the implication from more than one poster is that this "download day" really consists of a 24 hour period commencing at 10 AM Pacific Daylight Time (USA). Truth is, who cares? I will try to download this afternoon when I come home but I ain't gonna lose a minute of sleep over it...

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    Re: The official launch (Firefox 3)

    A whole day - i.e. 24 world-wide hours - just like everyone else I should imagine.

    If you consider it meaningless, you don't have to participate!

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    Re: The official launch (Firefox 3)

    Yes, there has been some grumble. "Oh, now I can't d/l it before I leave work ...". Yep, as if someone would install it 3 minutes after release in a corporate environment [then leave work].

    My only opinion on this is that they should have been clear on the release date AND time, then all this 17/18 June discussion would be moot. When they announced it the 11 June, or some day after, they probably knew at what time they could & would like to release it (having their staff ready etc.).

    To wait until now to mention 10:00 AM PDT, only upset some, though nothing to bother about. Every company release their software at some time, mostly their time. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> But if they wanted to do d/l count and planned for it, then start time would be an important part of that, not? Then everyone would know.

    But it was fun to read some comments from around: "Its [sic!] already 10.20 in India when will the download begins???" etc. Yep 10:00. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

    Fixed time around the world - 10:00 AM PDT for different time zones.

    And a count down clock.

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    Re: The official launch (Firefox 3)

    Yes, this time those in the middle of the Pacific are NOT the first to get it as they are almost every other time, including the New Year! <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: The official launch (Firefox 3)

    <hr>If you consider it meaningless, you don't have to participate!<hr>
    So in what way do you consider the stunt to be meaningful? Seems just a good way of clogging up the internet with data traffic - that's presuming anyone can get through to the servers AND/OR the manual update begins to offer FX3 rather than FX2...
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    Re: The official launch (Firefox 3)

    You can not currently use the built in update system to get Firefox 3, you will need to download the installer available from http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/all.html

    The auto-update system for Firefox 2 to Firefox 3 will not be made available for a while.

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    Re: The official launch (Firefox 3)

    I suppose we could "argue" this one until we're all OLD MEN and I'm sure we don't want to do that! Although I don't consider their attempt to get in the world record book a stunt or meaningless, I can confirm that they didn't do a good job of preparing for it. The "Download Day" URL from the original post has been inaccessible for over an hour that I've been home and I was able to go to the normal Firefox web page and download something that calls itself Version 3. I plan to check that out carefully before installing.

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