IBM and Firefox? Hmmm....
From news.com: IBM On The Hunt For Firefox Programmers
In the newest indication that Firefox has become mainstream, IBM is trying to hire programmers to adapt the open-source Web browser to work well with Big Blue's server software.
A job ad posted on IBM's Web site said an emerging technologies team in IBM's software group wants programmers for "enhancing the Mozilla Firefox Web browser with new features complimentary to IBM's On Demand middleware stack."
An IBM representative on Wednesday said that the ad was for one position in the company's advanced technology group. The individual will make contributions to the Firefox project, the representative said.
The Firefox work could dovetail with IBM's effort to build its Workplace software, which moves several personal computer applications to a server that users access with a Web browser. IBM is spending $100 million on ensuring Linux computers can tap into Workplace servers.
Yes, hiring programmers with a particular talent is a long way from taking over large-scale open source browser development. But... If IBM is serious about battling Microsoft at the desktop level for collaboration and such, becoming the driving force in Firefox development would be a major development. They've already shown a willingness to back open source efforts. Make the Firefox browser be the "browser of choice" for new Workplace applications that are cross-platform, and all of a sudden Microsoft has a significant headache...