Friday, May 13

The Fox Rox Big Blue

Get Firefox!

IBM backs Firefox in-house (Tech News on ZDNet):

IBM is encouraging its employees to use Firefox, aiding the open-source Web browser's quest to chip away at Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Firefox is already used by about 10 percent of IBM's staff, or about 30,000 people. Starting Friday, IBM workers can download the browser from internal servers and get support from the company's help desk staff. IBM's commitment to Firefox is among its most prominent votes of confidence from a large corporation. Based on development work by the nonprofit Mozilla Foundation, Firefox has been downloaded by more than 50 million people since it debuted in November. Internet Explorer still dominates the overall market by far, though, with Firefox's share in the single digits. For IBM, the move is a significant step in lessening dependence on a product from rival Microsoft. By supporting Firefox internally, IBM is also furthering its commitment to open-source products based on industry standards, said Brian Truskowski, chief information officer at IBM.

Hooray! If they would switch all their desktops to Linux, they could go even further in that direction, but they've made a pact with devil in the form of Lotus Notes, I guess, I dunno.

I switched my desktop and laptop both to SusE Pro 9.2 myself. Very proud! Very into it! A few hurdles to get over: WLAN card configuration, getting Apache2 and PHP to play nice together.


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