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Mozilla Firefox 3.0 auto-update begins

75% of Firefox 2.0 users offered upgrade

Mozilla has Corp.triggered an automatic update to Firefox 3.0, a week after the company said it would start offering the newest version of its browser to users of the older Firefox 2.0.0.16.

Mike Beltzner, the director of Firefox, announced the planned update in a post to the Mozilla Developer Center blog. Last week, Beltzner said that Mozilla had some last-minute snags, including localisation chores, to solve before it could release the update.

According to other information published on Mozilla's site, about 75 percent of users were be offered the update initially; depending on the server load, Mozilla will adjust that percentage up or down. "If you're running Firefox 2.0.0.16 you will see the offer in the next couple of days," Beltzner said.

The notice allows users to accept the update, postpone it 24 hours or decline it. The latter, however, won't be the last word: Mozilla may repeat the offer several weeks later.

Users who decide that they would rather return to the older version after upgrading to 3.0.1 can download and reinstall 2.0.0.16, Beltzner added. Mozilla will support the older edition with security patch updates until mid-December.

Firefox 3.0 shipped in mid-June, and features additions such as malware protection and enhancements that include a revamped address bar. When the browser went live on June 17, Mozilla's servers went dark under the load.

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