Early Firefox release takes a bite at servers

Rush to download Firefox 2.0 crashes FTP servers

Contrary to news reports, the Mozilla Foundation has not prematurely released version 2.0 of its popular Firefox Internet browser and has instead warned users to not download the file from its FTP servers until the official public release.

In preparation for tomorrow's release (Tuesday in the US) of the browser, Mozilla posted the final versions of the software on its FTP servers.

However, when the public got wind of its early availability, an influx of visitors to the FTP server and other mirrored download sites wreaked havoc on servers according to an "anti-release" from Mozilla's Preed the Release Engineer's blog.

"No, we have not released. Firefox 2.0. Yet," read the blog. "When people link to bits directly on a random FTP mirror, they're doing a number of people harm including, quite possibly, themselves."

The blog warned that visitors who linked to the FTP mirrors from popular composite news sites Slashdot, Digg and Reddit, "could be costing the operators of those mirrors hundreds to thousands of dollars in bandwidth bills, or may cause them to crash by linking directly to them."

Linking directly to ftp.mozilla.org could be even worse cautioned the blog.

"Killing the project's FTP server does not help anyone, least of all people trying to obtain Firefox builds. And it makes for a grumpy IT group. And nobody wants grumpy IT groups. Especially a day before a release," it read.

The blog concluded with one final warning; "So please... just remember: "Preed the Release Engineer says: friends don't let friends download Firefox before it's released."

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