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What bothers me about the Ubuntu-Yahoo deal

Feb 02, 2010, 13:03 (3 Talkback[s])


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"On Tuesday, Rick Spencer announced on the Ubuntu developers mailing list that Ubuntu has entered a revenue sharing deal with Yahoo! and will make Yahoo! the default search engine in the next Ubuntu release (10.04, Lucid Lynx). This sparked an extremely long discussion thread on the Ubuntu Forums about whether this is a good idea or not.

"Generally speaking (with few exceptions), the reactions fall into one of two categories: This is great. I won’t use Yahoo! myself, but if it makes money for Ubuntu, why not? How hard is it to change the defaults. Two clicks.

"This is unacceptable. Yahoo! is in bed with Microsoft. This is wrong. If Ubuntu needs money, we should donate. Why wasn’t the community consulted?

"Well, my reaction to this deal wasn’t quite either of those."

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