[kwlug-disc] Ubuntu's default search engine to change in dealwithYahoo

Darcy Casselman dscassel at gmail.com
Wed Jan 27 12:01:09 EST 2010


Right now, Google has a deal with Firefox that involves giving Mozilla
a tiny amount of money every time someone uses the FF seach box to
search Google.

I'm guessing the Ubuntu-Yahoo! deal is similar.  Yahoo! gives Ubuntu
money for searches.

As the article notes, Dell already has a similar deal with Yahoo! for
its pre-installed Ubuntu laptops.

This isn't a big deal, except I'm betting Mozilla might be a little
peeved about Canonical subverting their revenue model, but I expect a
good chunk of users will switch the search box back anyway.

Darcy.

On Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 11:50 AM,  <shane.msg at gmail.com> wrote:
> What possible difference could it make to Ubuntu whether Firefox is shipped with either Google or Yahoo since it is installed with Ubuntu?  What other kinds of control does Google have over Firefox if they can control distribution rights?
>
> Besides, with or without agreement, can't anyone, whether a person in fact or on paper, distribute Firefox since it's open source?   Maybe Yahoo finally realized which is the better browser.  Miracles are rare but they do happen.
> ================
> It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Darcy Casselman <dscassel at gmail.com>
> Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2010 11:20:17
> To: KWLUG discussion<kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
> Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] Ubuntu's default search engine to change in deal
>        withYahoo
>
> Firefox ships with Google as the default search engine.  Ubuntu's
> changing that to ship with Yahoo! instead.  I doubt it's even a source
> change.  It's a settings change.
>
> Don't worry.  You can switch it back.
>
> Darcy.
>
> On Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 11:14 AM,  <shane.msg at gmail.com> wrote:
>> If that is the case I would really like to see the full particulars of that deal.  Released under GPL perhaps?  Is this confirmed or a rumor?  If a rumor, started by whom?
>> ================
>> It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Lori Paniak <ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com>
>> Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2010 11:06:46
>> To: KWLUG discussion<kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
>> Subject: [kwlug-disc] Ubuntu's default search engine to change in deal with
>>        Yahoo
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