IBM Adopts Firefox as Its Default Browser
IBM has standardized on the Mozilla Firefox Web browser as the default browser for its employees. Big Blue says the Firefox browser is standards-compliant, enterprise-ready and provides an on ramp to cloud computing.IBM has standardized on the Mozilla Firefox Web browser as the default browser for its employees. In a July 1 blog post, Bob Sutor, vice president of open source and Linux in IBM Software Group, said: "We're officially adding a new piece of software to the list of default common applications we expect employees to use, and that's the Mozilla Firefox browser."
Sutor succinctly summed up the news: "It is not news that some IBM employees use Firefox. It is news that all IBM employees will be asked to use it as their default browser."
- Firefox is stunningly standards compliant, and interoperability via open standards is key to IBM's strategy. - Firefox is open source and its development schedule is managed by a development community not beholden to one commercial entity. - Firefox is secure and an international community of experts continues to develop and maintain it. - Firefox is extensible and can be customized for particular applications and organizations, like IBM. - Firefox is innovative and has forced the hand of browsers that came before and after it to add and improve speed and function.So what does it mean for Firefox to be the default browser inside IBM, Sutor asked. It means that "Any employee who is not now using Firefox will be strongly encouraged to use it as their default browser," he said. "All new computers will be provisioned with it. We will continue to strongly encourage our vendors who have browser-based software to fully support Firefox."