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Gnome Web Drops Google For DuckDuckGo

In a blog post on the Gnome.org site by Claudio Saavedra, the Gnome Web browser team announced that they had switched the default search engine from Google to DuckDuckGo. The team cites issues with privacy and collaboration as the main motivators, and were inspired by a talk by Jacob Applebaum at GUADEC 2012. I’ve been a big fan of DuckDuckGo for a long time, and I have always thought that the open source community and an open, private search engine were made for each other. I have also found myself becoming increasingly critical of Google, and doubt that they have the open source communities best interest at heart. Google tracks and logs everything you do on the Internet to build an accurate profile that they can sell to advertisers. Every product they release has at its heart the goal of getting people signed in with their Google account and online as fast as possible. This holds true for Android, Chrome, and Chromebooks. DuckDuckGo, on the other hand, collects no data, concentrates solely on being a search engine, and builds great features into the main site. Being a Vim user, my favorite feature is that the Vim keyboard navigation is

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