Over three million downloads of the new free Mozilla-based Firefox browser have taken place, just three weeks since the software shipped.

"The download trend is still strong," the developers said, "we're getting easily twice as many daily downloads at this point as we were for previous releases."

Forbes reports the buzz surrounding the release, citing Redmonk software analyst Steve O'Grady: "For the first time in a while, we're seeing real momentum behind a browser other than IE. Consumers are starting to use Firefox, and that has developers considering both platforms when they're building Web sites."

In related news, The Mozilla Foundation has released a new security patch for the browser, which is available byu clicking the update icon in the upper right hand corner of the screen.

The update fixes a problem that meant malicious hackers who could trick a user into saving a file could delete files from a user's download directory.