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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by pooo on Wed 27th Jan 2010 17:30 UTC
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I think the key thing to notice here is that Ubuntu is taking money to make a decision about the UI.

This is significant because previously all such decisions were about what was best for the user. Answer this, why didn't they change to Yahoo before?? Because everyone knows full well that google is a better search engine and what 99.9% of Ubuntu users prefer.

This isn't about being a freedom Nazi (which I actually am). It is about realizing that Ubuntu previously had a business model that entirely depended on user satisfaction and consequently there was no conflict of interest. Not anymore.

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by Yagami on Wed 27th Jan 2010 18:05 in reply to "Lame"
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no , the key thing here is that although they change the default for "comercial reasons" , they do not hinder in any way your freedom to use whatever you want.

ubuntu is not obligated to sponsor google nor redhat

kde is not obligated to sponsor gnome

vim is not obligated to sponsor to emacs

if they made the google search slower or worse in any way compared to "default google search" , than that would be a problem for freedom.

freedom has nothing to do with "not making money" or "not market for your own things for money".

it has to do with hindering your "personal choice". and ubuntu has done nothing of that.

although i am defending ubuntu i, actually , am a gentoo and kde guy , so , ubuntu to me is the "worse" distro that can be ;)

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RE: Lame
by Gone fishing on Wed 27th Jan 2010 18:14 in reply to "Lame"
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Ubuntu changes its default search provider to make some money - yeah, where's the problem?

Canonical is a company that develops Ubuntu - it has a workforce they need paying etc this requires money.

I fail to see the problem we're geeks it will take 10 seconds to change the provider back to Google or a few more to install Chrome.

Further more if I can help Canonical by using Yahoo to click a few adds when I want to buy something I may well do.

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by SlackerJack on Wed 27th Jan 2010 19:08 in reply to "RE: Lame"
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It's hardly good supporting a company such as Yahoo, who have very little or no FOSS contribution.

I think Canonical should think about FOSS and pick more wisely, rather than think about the money no matter who it is.

I see Canonical getting pain for this, just like Novell siding with Microsoft.

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by rhyder on Wed 27th Jan 2010 23:29 in reply to "Lame"
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On balance, this decision will do something to help oppose the near monopoly that google has on search.

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by dylansmrjones on Thu 28th Jan 2010 06:42 in reply to "Lame"
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This isn't about being a freedom Nazi (which I actually am)

Oxymoron, anyone? Or am I just waaaaay behind in the never-ending linguistic evolution?

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