Ubuntu making Yahoo default search engine

According to a public announcement from Canonical's Rick Spencer, Ubuntu will be undergoing a slight change, beginning with the release of Lucid Lynx. Firefox, which comes as the operating system's default browser, will now use Yahoo as its default search provider. However, this doesn't mean that Ubuntu users are stuck with it. Of course, a user can change it back to Google, or whatever else they desire.

The change was made after Canonical made a revenue sharing deal with Yahoo. This will bring in extra revenue to a company that prides itself on offering free software. Here's Rick's statement regarding the deal:

"I am pursuing this change because Canonical has negotiated a revenue sharing deal with Yahoo! and this revenue will help Canonical to provide developers and resources to continue the open development of Ubuntu and the Ubuntu Platform. This change will help provide these resources as well as continuing to respect our user's default search across Firefox."

So there you have it. For Ubuntu to continue its success as a free operating system, money is essential. This opportunity gives Canonical the ability to continue giving users what they want without having to worry about funding. It's seems like a small price for users to pay for their favorite flavor of Linux. If a user is savvy enough to run Linux in the first place, he or she won't have any problems switching their search engine back to something else. Ironically, since Yahoo will soon be powered by Bing, Microsoft, as someone at Slashdot pointed out, will essentially be paying users to use a non-Windows OS. 

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Yahoo is terrible. I get that Canonical needs money to keep the wheels moving and changing default search engine is as easy as a few clicks. I've just always thought of Ubuntu and Google as two peas in a pod.

I hope this doesn't force Canonical into doing Yahoo-based advertising deals or software bundles (e.g. toolbars). If that happens, I'll be looking for a new distro.

I don't really see much of a problem with them. Yahoo, Bing, Google are probably the best search engines around. They could use Ask Jeeves or some small search engine but users would probably switch to Google or Bing straight away. Even then, they help each other in the long term.

still1 said,
bad move by ubuntu... majority use ubuntu in linux so it might boost yahoo share a bit

People aren't going to stop using Ubuntu just because the default search engine changed. Its what.. 2 clicks to change it to Google?

I had the same thought for both..

People still use ... Yahoo ? Ubuntu ? ... Seems like they were made for each other if you ask me.

Ryoken said,
I had the same thought for both..

People still use ... Yahoo ? Ubuntu ? ... Seems like they were made for each other if you ask me.

Troll much? Ubuntu is the most popular non-enterprise Linux distro in the world, and Yahoo! is the worlds second most popular search engine. You're "thought" is correct, a LOT of people use both!

Symod said,

No, they got a good deal from Yahoo.

That's right Symod. Benjamin Rubenstein needs to take note - Microsoft dollars are not involved in this deal!

Symod said,

No, they got a good deal from Yahoo.

But aren't MS involved in doing deals for their Bing search engine?

Or is this about the soon-to-be-abandoned Yahoo engine? That would strike me as odd.

Ubuntu....with Yahoo! as the default search prividor.....which will soon be Bing......which is made by Microsoft

You can't make this stuff up

For Ubuntu to continue its success as a free operating system, money is essential.

Only because support comes through capitalist channels at this current point in time.

Sazz181 said,
Only because support comes through capitalist channels at this current point in time.
As opposed to what kind of channels?

Kirkburn said,
As opposed to what kind of channels?

What I mean is, it is dependant on money for as long as everything else is dependant on money. I'm not sure if I've quiet answered your point there but I can't think of a better way to phrase it :P

Sazz181 said,

What I mean is, it is dependant on money for as long as everything else is dependant on money. I'm not sure if I've quiet answered your point there but I can't think of a better way to phrase it :P

So that means it will always be dependant on money.

Ubtuntu? :)

Also doesn't this mean they're essentially making Bing their default search engine in the near future? :)

TCLN Ryster said,
Ubtuntu? :)

Also doesn't this mean they're essentially making Bing their default search engine in the near future? :)

Exactly. Think about the long term Ubuntu ;)
Would be reallyyyy ironic (:

TCLN Ryster said,
Ubtuntu? :)

Also doesn't this mean they're essentially making Bing their default search engine in the near future? :)


I found the whole thing to be a bit weird. Thanks for the spelling correction. I have no idea how that happened. Should be fixed now.