It’s been over 24 hours since Firefox 1.0 landed, and it’s already been downloaded over 1 million times. Naturally I’ve already upgraded, as well as upgrading my copy of Portable Firefox at university which has been updated to use version 1.0 code.
It’s great to see all the media coverage – CNet News.com has had several articles over the past couple of days and it even made BBC News and The Guardian’s Leader Comment (darn me for not buying the Guardian yesterday…). The reaction from bloggers has been equally great and I’d certainly say that a majority of the people on my blogroll said something positive about Firefox yesterday. That may of course say something about who I read, but if it’s a trend then that amounts to some serious grassroots support.
For me it was an exciting day – I felt like a teacher who had taught a student all the way through school, all the time thinking he’d make it big, and then finally seeing that come true. I started using Phoenix 2 years ago and bar a brief period during the 0.5 phase (when the browser was annoying to use due to crashing caused by a bug in autocomplete) I’ve stuck with it ever since, during which time it’s turned in from a somewhat hotch-potch fork of Mozilla into a work of art that sets the standard. It’s been great to see just how many other people have seen the light during that time too, and refreshing to have a product that has picked up fans by simply being good and not through expensive advertising campaigns or dirty tricks.
Of course, this isn’t the end of all. Going back to my analogy the browser has left school and doing well in the big wide world, but now it needs to keep it up by constantly being better than the rest. Firefox outshines the competition but it is not perfect – it could do with being a bit faster and could perhaps do with a few more innovative features.
So, while now’s the time to celebrate the success of 1.0, in the not too distant future we’ve got 1.1 to look forward to.