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Yahoo Becomes Default Search Engine in Ubuntu

27 January 2010 by J.M.

The Web company Yahoo! has completed a cooperation agreement with Linux distributor Canonical, supervising the development of Ubuntu.  On new installs, the default search engine will be Yahoo.

Corresponding changes affect the open-source browser Firefox, the default program for browsing the Web in Ubuntu, Rick Spencer, Canonical Development Lead for Ubuntu Desktop, stated.

The browser start page as well as the search box will be modified accordingly.  However, users can revert the changes to Google search easily.  Settings for the search box and the home page will then be changed back automatically.

The change is being introduced with Ubuntu 10.04, code named Lucid Lynx.  Its final build will get published in April.  Yahoo is sharing search revenue with Canonical.  The money will contribute to the further development of Ubuntu.


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