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Ubuntu Moves To Yahoo For Default Firefox Search 370

Posted by kdawson
from the can-you-say-bing dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Starting in Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx release, Firefox's default search engine will be switched from Google to Yahoo. The switch was made after Canonical 'negotiated a revenue sharing deal with Yahoo.' Google will still be available as a choice. Since Yahoo search is now powered by Microsoft's Bing, this would seem to mean that Microsoft will be paying people for using Ubuntu."
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Ubuntu Moves To Yahoo For Default Firefox Search

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  • Semantics (Score:3, Funny)

    by Bicx (1042846) on Wednesday January 27, 2010 @09:26AM (#30916156)
    So by "revenue sharing," this guy really means "Yahoo! is shoveling over the cash for a minor feature change on Ubuntu."
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 27, 2010 @09:38AM (#30916294)

    ... Ubuntu's default browser is Lynx!

  • by clone53421 (1310749) on Wednesday January 27, 2010 @09:46AM (#30916382) Journal

    Dear Friends; Please do not take this for a junk letter. Bill Gates sharing his fortune. If you ignore this, You will repent later. Microsoft and Google are now the largest Internet companies and in an effort to make sure that Bing remains the most widely used internet search engine, Microsoft and Ubuntu are running an e-mail beta test.

    When you forward this e-mail to friends, Microsoft can and will track it (If you are a Ubuntu user) For a two weeks time period.

    For every person that you forward this e-mail to, Microsoft will pay you $245.00 For every person that you sent it to that forwards it on, Microsoft will pay you $243.00 and for every third person that receives it, You will be paid $241.00. Within two weeks, Microsoft will contact you for your address and then send you a check.

    I thought this was a scam myself, But two weeks after receiving this e-mail and forwarding it on. Microsoft contacted me for my address and withindays, I receive a check for $24,800.00. You need to respond before the beta testing is over. If anyone can affoard this, Bill gates is the man.

    It's all marketing expense to him. Please forward this to as many people as possible. You are bound to get at least $10,000.00. We're not going to help them out with their e-mail beta test without getting a little something for our time. My brother's girlfriend got in on this a few months ago. When i went to visit him for the Baylor/UT game. She showed me her check. It was for the sum of $4,324.44 and was stamped "Paid in full"

    ...

  • Re:Worse (Score:4, Funny)

    by dushkin (965522) on Wednesday January 27, 2010 @10:04AM (#30916614) Homepage

    Have you considered Gubuntu? It's a flavor of Ubuntu that aims at the more Google oriented crowd by changing the default search engine to Google.

  • Re:Question (Score:5, Funny)

    by Rogerborg (306625) on Wednesday January 27, 2010 @10:18AM (#30916784) Homepage

    Not quite. It was actually more like this:

    • Mozilla: Hey, dudes, all you have to do is to ask "Can we use your trademarks on our modified distribution? [mozilla.org]. It'll totally won't be a problem for you guys, we're cool with you. Love your work!
    • Debianz: Graaaaaaaaaaaaaah!
    • Mozilla: Errr....?
    • Debianz: RAAAAAAH GRAAARRRRRR! AAAARRGH! RRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRR!

    You know, just so we're clear.

  • by Americano (920576) on Wednesday January 27, 2010 @10:32AM (#30916958)

    OHNOES, an anonymous coward on slashdot is going to "stop using Ubuntu" and "stop recommending it to family, friends, employer, etc." Looks like Ubuntu is done for.

    Just when I was starting to believe that 2010 was the year of the Linux desktop, too. :(

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