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