Challenge for A Million

How fast do you think Eclipse 3.1 can reach 1 million downloads? 20, 30, 40 or 50 days? We are thinking of putting this challenge out to the community. If we reach one million downloads in xx days then the Eclipse Foundation will do something special. Not sure what ‘that’ is yet?

John Wiegand, the Platform PMC Leader, suggested the idea. I know Mozilla and Opera have done something similar and it seemed to be successful. Denis Roy has developed a real-time download counter that we are thinking of adding to the download page. He and I call it the hype-o-meter but we will probably have to find a better name🙂.

To give you an idea of past success; 3.0.2 was released March 31 and we have had just over 1 million downloads as of today (about 62 days) and M7 has had about 81K.

So how fast do you think Eclipse 3.1 will reach 1 million downloads?

5 Responses to Challenge for A Million

  1. tuncay says:

    I think it will take at most 20 days. Count three for me! I’ll download for work, for home and for laptop.🙂

  2. Ed Burnette says:

    I’m just trying to get my mind around how many bytes that is, let’s see, 1 million downloads of a 97MB file equals… wow. Anybody remember 300 baud modems? Or those awful 110 baud acoustic coupler things we used to use. How long would just one Eclipse download take on one of those.🙂

  3. might you be able to get mike to row across the Atlantic or something like the Opera CEO?😉

  4. Ryan Lowe says:

    (10^6) x (10^8) = 10^14

    A million downloads is almost one hundred terabytes. Maybe the Eclipse Foundation should use BitTorrent.🙂 Of course that would make the downloads harder to count.

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say it will only take 10 days to reach one million.

  5. Denis Roy says:

    Eclipse.org currently sends out 10 terabytes of traffic each month (!!). And that’s only eclipse.org traffic — most people downloading files take them from a local mirror (Thanks mirrors!)

    We’ll be doubling available bandwidth next week to cope with the rush of requests for 3.1. It’s a good thing a bunch of generous companies donated some kicking hardware and software to handle all this.–>

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