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08 April 2010, 08:18

Ubuntu 10.04 drops Yahoo search as default

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The Ubuntu developers have announced that Ubuntu 10.04 will be abandoning its switch to Yahoo search as the default search provider on the Ubuntu desktop and returning to use Google's search. The switch to Yahoo was announced in January and lauded as part of a revenue sharing deal which would provide "revenue [which] will help Canonical to provide developers and resources to continue the open development of Ubuntu and the Ubuntu Platform".

That deal appears to be off with Rick Spencer, Engineering Manager for the Ubuntu Desktop Team announcing last night that Ubuntu 10.04 LTS would switch back to Google as default search after considering factors such as "user experience, user preferences, and costs and benefits for Ubuntu and the browsers and other projects that make up Ubuntu".

Specific reasons for the change back were not given, but Spencer added "It was not our intention to 'flap' between providers, but the underlying circumstances can change unpredictably". The change in development versions of Ubuntu 10.04 will be reverted "as soon as reasonably possible"; the final freeze of the code for 10.04 happens on April 15th.


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