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Ubuntu 10.04 prefers Yahoo!

In a recent blog post Canonical's Rick Spencer has revealed two seemingly small changes for Ubuntu 10.04 that will affect the default web browser, Mozilla's Firefox, and all its prospective users…

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In a recent blog post Canonical’s Rick Spencer has revealed two seemingly small changes for Ubuntu 10.04 that will affect the default web browser, Mozilla’s Firefox, and its many millions of prospective users.

The first change is a harmless, user tweak that scarcely anyone is likely to bat an eye lid at: “In Lucid, the default home page will respect the search provider settings that you have set in the “Chrome” [The “Chrome” being Mozilla’s term for the small search box],” explains Spencer. He goes on to state that this will definitely work for switching between Google and Yahoo!, though they don’t yet know if other provides 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,” continues Spencer. 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.”

In stark contrast to today though, Lucid’s default service provider in Firefox will be changing from Google to Yahoo!. Spencer is quick to defend the users ability to switch providers however: “…This won’t in any way effect 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,” he said.

The reasons for the change was obvious from the off – money. It seems Yahoo! and Canonical has negotiated a revenue sharing deal. “This revenue will help Canonical to provide developers and resources to continue the open development of Ubuntu and the Ubuntu Platform,” concludes Spencer.

You’ve got to wonder if Google actually made a counter offer in an effort to maintain the status quo – we’d be very surprised if there weren’t at least in talks off the record. Either way, it’s good to see Canonical gaining a new revenue stream. Or is it? How do you feel about Canonical’s decision to jump ship from Google? Which is your default search provider and why? Let us know what you think below…

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