Bob Sutor, Vice President of Open Source and Linux at IBM confirmed on his blog that the entire IBM company is moving to Firefox as its default browser. Though it seems like various users in the company have been able to use Firefox for quite some time, it looks like now they’re going to be encouraging everyone to use it, and all new computers will be provisioned with Firefox as the default. Sutor has plenty of glowing praise for the open source browser in his blog post.He says:
- 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.
It will be interesting to see whether this move will have any effect on other large companies adopting Firefox, either because they’re directly working with IBM Global Services to help them with technology, or simply taking IBM’s lead.
As usual, IBM is part of the laggards. Still, good to have some corporate validation.
Well, IBM did have some exceptions to the “laggards” part, with Linux and Open Source in the ’90s, when they moved faster than some of the smaller, more agile companies