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IBM Switching to Firefox as Default Browser

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In a win for Mozilla, IBM has requested that all employees adopt Firefox as their default browser, regardless of the machine they're using for work.

IBM has announced that the company is adding Firefox to the list of default applications the company's 400,000 employees are expected to use. IBMer Bob Sutor said in a blog post last week that Firefox is now "the gold standard for what an open, secure, and standards-compliant browser should be" and revealed that all employees, whether their machines are PCs, Macs or Linux-based computers, will be using Firefox from now on.

"Some of the software we all use shouldn’t surprise you since we make it, such as Lotus Notes, Lotus Sametime, and Lotus Symphony," writes Sutor.

"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.

"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," he continued.

"We will continue to strongly encourage our vendors who have browser-based software to fully support Firefox."

Sutor says cloud computing played a big role in IBM's decision to switch to Firefox and concluded that, "Firefox is enterprise ready, and we’re ready to adopt it for our enterprise."

Read his full post here.

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    Milleman , July 7, 2010 2:16 AM
    I want the Firefox girl as my personal browser too!
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    JamesSneed , July 7, 2010 2:20 AM
    Whatever this was about you had me at firefox girl...

    The reason there are almost no comments is nobody actually read the article. Maybee you should place the firefox girl after the article as a nice little suprise.
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    Pyroflea , July 7, 2010 2:24 AM
    It's about time. Anybody still using IE should just... not use computers :D 
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  • 24 Hide
    Milleman , July 7, 2010 2:16 AM
    I want the Firefox girl as my personal browser too!
  • 24 Hide
    JamesSneed , July 7, 2010 2:20 AM
    Whatever this was about you had me at firefox girl...

    The reason there are almost no comments is nobody actually read the article. Maybee you should place the firefox girl after the article as a nice little suprise.
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    Pyroflea , July 7, 2010 2:24 AM
    It's about time. Anybody still using IE should just... not use computers :D 
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    r_pad , July 7, 2010 2:25 AM
    I actually read the article but can only think of one thing.

    'Firefox on top' --- ;) 
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    Ragnar-Kon , July 7, 2010 2:35 AM
    Hi Firefox girl...
    oh wait, what was this post about again? I seem to have forgotten.

    Anyway, not surprised. The university I work for actually only supports Firefox and browsers that use the Webkit engine (Chrome and Safari). IE and Opera aren't supported.
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    tank , July 7, 2010 3:05 AM
    Only problem still is that the government secure login sites still use IE. Hopefully they can update to more modern times also.
  • 18 Hide
    gsacks , July 7, 2010 3:23 AM
    I never get tired of that picture.
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    eddieroolz , July 7, 2010 3:50 AM
    As long as IBM offers their employees a choice between Firefox and IE, it seems good and fair.
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    bebangs , July 7, 2010 3:55 AM
    it's just a default browser, you could still use IE/Chrome/Safari or any browser you want.
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    Trueno07 , July 7, 2010 4:08 AM
    Quote:
    Bunch of firefox fanboys. Firefox sucks.


    I guess that's why it's IBM's default browser.

    What a piece of crap browser.
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    N.Broekhuijsen , July 7, 2010 4:27 AM
    is it me or is the firefox girl picture larger than it normally is??
  • 5 Hide
    damiano13mg , July 7, 2010 4:52 AM
    firefox roks!
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    vaskodogama , July 7, 2010 4:57 AM
    man... she's a legend! :D 
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    elbarto1977 , July 7, 2010 5:09 AM
    Bullshit. I'm an IBMer and no announcement was made of the kind. Firefox is available as an extra download in our software repository, as it's been since a long time ago. Our default browser is IE, since it's the browser that comes with the OS. Moreover, many web apps that we use (ticketing tools, etc) ARE NOT compatible with Firefox.
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    daimerous , July 7, 2010 5:48 AM
    Thought I would comment due to the awesomeness of firefox and this picture. Hope this helps people know who she really is.
    http://semicolons.org/post/271647148/firefox-girl
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    poorya_user , July 7, 2010 5:52 AM
    Someday I was so sensitive about IE , but after using firefox I change my default browser.
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    rocky1234 , July 7, 2010 5:53 AM
    First off liking the firefox girl. Secondly who the heck is Bob Sutor & why would I even remotely care what he thinks is good or bad. I like Firefox just fine but lets face it there are sites on the net that just do not work well with Firefox but do with IE. The same can be said about IE having trouble with some sites that Firefox works fine with I have yet to find any but I am sure there are some. Any business or person that puts all of their eggs into one basket either deserves to fail or Just plain be fired for saying such idiotic crap like that. Just my 2 cents. Hey at least it was not Apple news this time or someone microwaving or burning a Apple product so there's a plus at least.
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