Ubuntu to use Yahoo as default search engine

By on January 27, 2010, 4:07 PM
Rick Spencer of Canonical -- the company behind Ubuntu Linux -- has announced a new agreement with Yahoo that will change the default search engine of the popular open source operating system. Complete terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but Firefox will reportedly be configured to Yahoo upon installation.

The decision seems to be the result of a more profitable revenue sharing agreement, indicating that Yahoo outbid Google, who is -- or was -- the default search provider. "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," Spencer said.

The switch will appear in the development version of Ubuntu "as soon as reasonably possible" and will be in Ubuntu 10.04, which is due in April. Whether changes will be made to existing stable releases is not known. Regardless, users will be able to easily swap back to Google or any other engine if preferred.




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jobeard jobeard, TS Ambassador, said:

hmm; Thankfully the choice of browser, homepage and default search engine is totally configurable by the user. As most of us have rather strong feelings on all three of these, imo, " So What ".

poundsmack said:

now if only yahoo still wanted to use Yahoo search (instead of bing). i still like yahoo's results better than bing, oh well, i guess it is what it is i suppose.

Deathstar17 said:

Its a good thing it only takes 5 seconds to change that...

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

now if only yahoo still wanted to use Yahoo search (instead of bing). i still like yahoo's results better than bing, oh well, i guess it is what it is i suppose.
Has anybody seen Opera's "Speed Dial"?

That was a rhetorical question. At least for most of us!

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