Ubuntu Lucid Lynx changes Firefox default search provider to YAHOO!

Ubuntu

Rick Spencer rick.spencer at canonical.com 

Tue Jan 26 20:03:01 GMT 2010


All - I am writing to apprise you of two small but important changes coming to Firefox in Lucid. I have asked the desktop team to start preparing these changes to make them available in Lucid as soon as reasonably possible. Probably on the order of weeks.

Change #1
In Lucid, the default home page will respect the search provider settings that you have set in the "Chrome". (The "Chrome" is Mozilla's term for the little search box to the upper right, reachable by control-K, for instance). For Lucid, this will definitely work for switching between Google and Yahoo!, we don't yet know what other providers will be in scope for Lucid. If a user has Google set as their search provider,they will have exactly the experience they do today. If they switch to Yahoo!, the default home page will switch to using a Yahoo! search. If they switch back to Google, the default home page will switch back to using the Google search, exactly like today. Searching from Chrome will continue to work exactly as it does today.

Change #2
Change #2 is changing the default search provider in Firefox to Yahoo! Note that this won't in any way affect the ability of a user to choose and use the search provider of their choice. It's literally 2 easily discoverable clicks to change this setting, a simple matter of switching to that search provider in the chrome by clicking on the icon and choosing the desired provider. Note also that Yahoo! does not share any personally identifiable or usage information. 

Why? 
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 aswell as continuing to respect our user's default search across Firefox.

Cheers, Rick

One thought on “Ubuntu Lucid Lynx changes Firefox default search provider to YAHOO!

  1. So, I’m to understand that Microsoft will now be funding a small part of ubuntu? Genius truly. Regards,Ryan Wdzieczny

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