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Ubuntu changes to Yahoo as default search provider
Posted Jan 29, 2010 1:51 UTC (Fri) by maro (subscriber, #34315)
Early Ubuntu releases were cute with their get-a-Debian-desktop-in-less-
than-a-day give-away CD's, but release by release Canonical just increase
to disgust me as they try to turn a profit. Other projects and distributors
drive the development that benefit Linux as a whole, while Canonical collect
the press, glory, and users (though the users they seem to collect, judging
from what I've seen on their forums, I hope they will keep...) Upstart is
the only Canonical-sponsored project I can come to think of that is useful
outside of Canonical, and even there you have to fill a copyright assignment
Posted Jan 29, 2010 3:38 UTC (Fri) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
I've been using linux since 1994, it's been my desktop since 1997, so I'm not someone who isn't familiar with linux and desktop support. But I recommend Ubuntu for people new to linux, or for people who don't want to maintain their own system (including for family and friends who I provide the support for)
this is the first change I have noticed in the distro to make money. They offer paid support (every linux disto vendor does), and they don't give away the source to tools that run only on their servers. that's also very common.
that's not reason to be as hostile as you seem to be.
now if you really want to get into a distro pissing match, I could start in about all the certified redhat experts who can't admin their way out of a paper bag ;-) but I know that every distro will accumulate bad users along with good users and try very hard to recognise that the vocal group are seldom the majority.
Posted Feb 3, 2010 11:56 UTC (Wed) by Hanno (guest, #41730)
Since a long time, it has also been the only search engine with a built-in, very lucrative business model for those who integrate it: Make Google your users' default and Google will give you a share of the Adsense revenue.
You might want to read up on Mozilla's sources of income. Technical excellence is certainly not the only reason for Google being the default search engine in Firefox.
Google can do this for all of their products, e.g. for Android and ChromeOS: "Thats right; Google will pay [manufacturers] to use their mobile OS. I like to call this the 'less than free' business model. This is a remarkable card to play. Because of its dominance in search, Google has ad rates that blow away the competition."
> though the users they seem to collect, judging from what I've seen on their forums, I hope they will keep...
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