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

Chris Irwin chris at chrisirwin.ca
Wed Jan 27 13:16:20 EST 2010

On Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 13:04, Raul Suarez <rarsa at yahoo.com> wrote:

> --- On Wed, 1/27/10, Chris Irwin <chris at chrisirwin.ca> wrote:
> > One funny note pointed out on the Ubuntu-devel list is that
> > if you go to Yahoo!Mail using Firefox on Ubuntu, it
> > indicates you are using an unsupported operating system.
> > every time you log in. :)
> Which seems to me incorrect as I do that every day. I use Yahoo mail and I
> use Ubuntu/Mint and Firefox. I don't remember seeing that message. Neither
> for the "regular" or "all new" interfaces.

I don't use Yahoo mail, so I was just going on what was posted to the list.


It does that for SeaMonkey under Puppy but you can still say, "I don't care
> and continue".

Which is sad, there is no functional difference between the two. I wish
folks would either test for capability, or at least do a bit of intelligent
analysis of the user agent instead of grep '$BROWSER'. Most user-agents tell
you the rendering engine and version. This is only going to become more of
an issue as webkit starts to take hold, and mobile devices become prevalent.
You've already got Epiphany, Safari, Safari on iPhone, Palm WebOS, Chrome,
Android, that are all are essentially the same browser with a different
presentation, yet all provide slightly different user-agents (though in the
case of chrome, a different javascript library).

Chris Irwin
<chris at chrisirwin.ca>
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