Mozilla currently uses community powered (and sponsored) mirror networks to serve Firefox downloads across the globe. But, now the company has decided to move over to Content Delivery Network (CDN), which will boost up the downloading experience for the users worldwide.
Mozilla’s Asa Dotzler informs about this change, “We started testing a new CDN a few weeks ago to serve Firefox installers requested from download.mozilla.org […] What our test showed was that our users, particularly in countries outside of North America and Western Europe, were significantly more likely to complete an install when downloading from the CDN. This effect was seen in virtually every country we checked. CDN powered downloads had an average install ratio that was 13.4% higher than our current, community-provided mirror powered downloads. After those very positive test results, we made the decision to move Firefox downloads off of the mirror network and onto the CDN.”
Mozilla is a non-profit organization with strong community support from all over the world. Its flagship product, Firefox browser, has around 24% market share (July 2012, Source: StatCounter.com). One interesting and awesome fact about the Firefox project is that over 1000 volunteer programmers contribute code to it, which accounts to approximately 40% of its code.