Thursday, 28 January 2010

Ubuntu Firefox switch to Yahoo as default Search Engine

With the next release of Ubuntu - version 10.4, dubbed Lucid Lynx and due in April - Yahoo! will be the default engine in the search box in the top right-hand corner of the Firefox browser bundled with the OS, and Yahoo! search will be the browser's default homepage. Thanks to a new revenue-sharing deal between Yahoo! and commercial Ubuntu backer Canonical!

With regulators set to approve Yahoo!'s search pact with Microsoft, this means that Redmond will power the future of Firefox on Ubuntu, a combination with decidedly anti-Redmond connotations. The ultimate irony is that Microsoft will essentially be paying people to build a Linux distro.

As is typical with Firefox, users will have the option of changing the search box default. This means they can change it back to Google, and thanks to another Lucid Lynx change announced by Spencer, doing so will also switch the browser's homepage to Google. If you choose a search provider other than Google or Yahoo!, Lynx may or may not update the browser's homepage in similar fashion. Canonical has yet to sort out the situation involving other providers.

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