Bob Sutor is IBM's vice president of open source and Linux software group. On his blog yesterday, he told the world that the IBM corporation has chosen the open source Firefox Web browser as the default browser for all of the 400,000 IBM employees across the globe.
"While other browsers have come and gone, Firefox is now the gold standard for what an open, secure, and standards-compliant browser should be. We'll continue to see this or that browser be faster or introduce new features, but then another will come along and be better still, including Firefox," Somer said on his blog.
Going forward any employee who is not already using Firefox will be taken aside and informed that he or she better start using it or else - not really.
Somers said, "Any employee who is not now using Firefox will be strongly encouraged to use it as their default browser. 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."
Another reason Big Blue is choosing Firefox is cloud computing.
"For the shift to the cloud to be successful," Somers explained, "open standards must be used in the infrastructure, in the applications, and in the way people exchange data."