Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Jan 2010 15:14 UTC, submitted by historyb
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu For the longest time, the default search provider in Ubuntu Linux has been Google, but this is going to change in the next release, Lucid Lynx, scheduled to release April 29. The change comes after Canonical has signed a revenue sharing deal with Yahoo!, so you can imagine who the new default search provider will be.
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RE: Chrome
by JeffS on Wed 27th Jan 2010 17:11 UTC in reply to "Chrome"
JeffS
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2005-07-12

Chrome looks like it's going to be a bad choice for Ubuntu, since they are going to have the video tag in HTML 5 use the h.264 codec, which costs $5,000,000 a year to distribute, and Google's licensing does not extend to downstream third parties (read: Ubuntu and other distros).

Give Firefox another chance - it has improved immensely with the 3.6 release.

Personally, after using Chrome and Safari a lot over the last year or so, I've switched back to Firefox due to it's great speed, and lessened memory usage, improvements.

As for Ubuntu defaulting to Yahoo search - seems natural to go with that, since there is revenue sharing, and the h.264 issue (that Google is supporting).

Plus, Yahoo is getting it's act together again. They've just announced improved quarterly results. Carol Bartz seems to have her act together as a CEO.

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RE[2]: Chrome
by siimo on Wed 27th Jan 2010 21:46 in reply to "RE: Chrome"
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2006-06-22

Ever hear of Chromium? The FOSS project that is essentially Chrome? It contains the ogg codec only and is free to use and it is probably what most distros will ship.

Google Chrome is just a "distro" of chromimum with official google branding and extras like h.264.

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