Byline: TechWeb News
More than 5.6 million copies of the Firefox 1.0 stand-alone browser have been downloaded in the first two weeks of its release, the Mozilla Foundation said this week. "The number definitely took us by surprise," said Chris Hofmann, the director of engineering at Mozilla. "Last summer, when US-CERT made a recommendation to abandon Internet Explorer, we blew out 200,000 to 300,000 [copies] a day, but when Firefox 1.0 released, we were doing more than a million a day for several days."
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