Firefox 3 Seeks Record for One Day Downloads

The Mozilla Group has posted a special page for Firefox 3 to announce when it will be released and asks users to pledge that theyill download it on that day to set a Guinness world record for the most software downloaded in 24 hours.

Currently, there are over 339,000 pledges with the U.S. leading at nearly 57,000.

Firefox 3 is currently in beta testing, and the release has been scheduled for some time in June.

Firefox has been steadily gaining in browser market share at the expense of Microsoftis Internet Explorer. Estimates place the Firefox market share at over 15 percent in the U.S. and over 25 percent in Europe. IEis market share in the U.S. peaked at 90 percent 2002, but has been declining ever since and is now about 65-75 percent. One estimate places Safari at about 6 percent.

Now, if those servers can just keep up during the world record attempt.