Ubuntu Switching its Default Search Engine from Google to Yahoo

I just finished reading an article at lifehacker.com, talking about the switch, to be part of Lucid Lynx, of search engines from Google to Yahoo. Google has always given back to the Linux community (Google Summer of Code, products such as Picasa and Google-Desktop being ported to Linux). Google supports Mozilla, the company behind Firefox.

I know that Google’s attempt to come up with its own version of the Ubuntu distribution may have hurt some feelings, but using this as a good time to accept blood money from Yahoo/Microsoft What has Yahoo ever done to support the Linux community? Yahoo uses Bing to power its search engine. The Yahoo leadership tried to work out a plan to sell Yahoo to Microsoft. I understand that the deal between Canonical and Yahoo is supposed to generate some more money to pay Ubuntu developers – but so would selling crystal meth or tobacco. Canonical should be above this.

Here is what I sent to webmaster@ubuntu.com – since there was no other place on the Ubuntu website that I could find to post suggestions:

What is going on with Ubuntu now subsidizing Yahoo/Microsoft by putting Yahoo/Bing as the search engine instead of Google? Is this some MBA’s version of a cruel joke? Google gives back to the Linux community – Google Summer of Code, Google toolbar, Picasa and other products being ported to Linux, etc. Yahoo, on the other hand, uses Bing to power its searches. What percent of the money Yahoo gets from captive Ubuntu users is going to go to Microsoft to try to get rid of Linux? What is next – switching us directly to Bing?

If this very poorly thought out idea is forced upon the Ubuntu community, I will have no choice other than to switch my personal search engine back to Google, and to tell other people who read my blog (ubuntulady.wordpress.com) how to do so. I do not dual-boot M$. I do not want M$ anywhere near my computer. I am not the only one who feels this way. Please look at the reactions on http://www.lifehacker.com to the announcement of the switch there.

How many more of these MBA-type travesties are going to be shoved down our throats? You can tell by my blog that I have been a loyal Ubuntu supporter, even testing Alpha releases. I would hate to have to switch to another distribution.

P.S. I don’t know if anyone in the upper reaches of Canonical knows or cares that many of us use Gmail, the Google toolbar, Google bookmarks (yes, my bookmarks are somewhere on a Google server!), and other Google products? I use Google Scholar, for instance, and Google Reader. What the frag was somebody thinking, to come up with this farce?
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8 Responses to “Ubuntu Switching its Default Search Engine from Google to Yahoo”


  1. 1 reformedmusings January 31, 2010 at 4:36 am

    I’m actually pretty ambivalent. Google isn’t all that pure. But I agree that I don’t see a compelling reason to change. If I want to use a different search engine, I’ll just change it.

  2. 2 ubuntulady January 31, 2010 at 4:40 am

    I know Google isn’t pure. I just wish Canonical could have turned to a company that doesn’t run Bing to do its searches. If we keep Yahoo as the search engine, will Microsoft be counting our searches in the big numbers they talk about? Will Microsoft be making money off of us? (That might not be so bad. If they realize they make more money off of us than they would by killing Linux, we might actually reach some sort of truce with them.)

  3. 3 reformedmusings January 31, 2010 at 4:57 am

    There are other alternatives that would have been preferable. Hopefully Canonical can swallow their pride and change back if things don’t work out.

  4. 6 gadgetboi February 3, 2010 at 1:47 am

    too bad huh… but as long as we can switch it, fine with me :mrgreen:

    • 7 ubuntulady February 3, 2010 at 2:52 am

      I think I can agree with you on that. I certainly don’t see this switch as grounds for changing distributions. 😉

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