I blogged last week about the Haiku Code Drive 2008, which was a cool way to support a great open source project but, as much as I love Haiku, it’s not a production product today. If you’re looking for a way to support an open source project that provides an immediate benefit (without opening your checkbook), then maybe Firefox Download Day 2008 is for you instead.

Firefox, of course, is the excellent open source web browser from Mozilla and it has been my primary web browser for some time. It’s fast, reliable, standards-compliant, extensible, and compatible with almost every platform you can imagine (even really obscure ones). For a few months now, I’ve been using betas and release-candidates of the upcoming Firefox 3, which will be released in the coming weeks.

So how does the Firefox team intend to celebrate Firefox 3 (and get some media attention)? By attempting to set a world record for downloads over a 24-hour period! Click the link, pledge your support, and when the release date comes give it a download (or six) to help them set the record.

Scott Bradford has been building web sites and using them to say what he thinks since 1995, which tended to get him in trouble with power-tripping assistant principals at the time. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University, but has spent most of his career (so far) working on public- and private-sector web sites. He is not a member of any political party, and brands himself an ‘independent constitutional conservative.’ In addition to holding down a day job and blogging about challenging subjects like politics, religion, and technology, Scott is also a devout Catholic, gun-owner, bike rider, and music lover with a wife, two cats, and a dog.