Yahoo! to become Firefox’s default search engine on Ubuntu
According to a recent email by Canonical’s Rick Spencer in the Ubuntu development mailing list, Canonical is planning to change Firefox’s default search provider to Yahoo! starting with forthcoming Lucid Lynx, due in April.
The change will also change the default home page from the current Ubuntu customized Google search page to a Yahoo! home page.
The post emphasizes that previous user choices of search engines will be respected, so the change will apply for new users only (new installations, or new local users).
The post also explains the motivations:”I am pursuing this change because Canonical has negotiated a revenue sharing deal with Yahoo! and this revenue will help Canonical to provide developers and resources to continue the open development of Ubuntu and the Ubuntu Platform. This change will help provide these resources as well as continuing to respect our user’s default search across Firefox.”
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