The default search engine in Firefox for Lucid will be changing from Google to Yahoo!. Rick Spencer from Canonical, who posted the announcement earlier today on the Ubuntu developer mailing list, assured users that this won’t affect their ability to change search provider should they so wish.
One area of possible contention; users upgrading from Karmic to Lucid will have their search engine changed to Yahoo!
The deal between Canonical and Yahoo will see the revenue raised from the partnership go towards continued funding of the Ubuntu platform.
Also in the announcement was the somewhat less dramatic change – the Ubuntu homepage that greets users in a stock-install will now use whatever search engine a user has set in Firefox. Previously it used Google.
You can read the full announcement here.
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