I know things go bump in the night. That's the nature of the beast. Especially when your servers are spitting out 14,000 downloads per minute. So for the hair splitters out there turning purple over a temporary glitch at Mozilla's Web site, have a Coke and take a few minutes to inhale.
Shouldn't it have gone smoothly from the get-go? Natch. But there are worse things in life. The site was flakey for the better part of two hours (depending upon your time zone), but it's working now. Hey, if the engineering Einsteins over at Twitter had that kind of track record, investor Fred Wilson wouldn't have to pump the service so hard on his blog anymore.
Meanwhile, News.com's Stephen Shankland has it right. This is a new front in the browser war:
As the Web transforms from a static repository of content into a foundation for applications such as word processors and graphics editors, browsers are growing up from mere gateways into the tool that makes those applications possible. In this new era, it's Firefox--the heir to the Netscape legacy--that's going up against the victor of the last era, Internet Explorer.
Microsoft's response is to wait until the end of the year. That's when IE 8 is slated to debut. Microsoft may get some buzz with the IE 8 beta 2, due in August. But it's never going to generate the sort of buzz the Mozilla folks are enjoying today. Glitch, or no glitch.