Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Mozilla has recently announced that Yahoo Search is going to be the default search provides for the Firefox browsers, in the United States of America, while Yandex will be the default in Russia and Baidu in China.
Also, Bing, DuckDuckGo, eBay, Amazon, Twitter and Wikipedia will be still alternative search options supported.
The contract between Yahoo and Mozilla is signed for 5 years and the changes will apply in December, this year. While Firefox and Chrome are fighting closely for the internet browser supremacy, Mozilla’s move is quite understandable.
But Ubuntu will keep Google as default, on Firefox for Ubuntu:
Because Ubuntu packs in the repositories its own semi-customized version of Firefox that comes with a custom Google-powered start page, Google will remain the default search engine of Firefox for Ubuntu, if Firefox is installed from the official repositories.
In 2010, Canonical has signed its own deal with Ubuntu to make Yahoo the default search provides, but the community wasn’t happy with this decision and so, it has been reversed.
Also related: because the relationship between Apple and Google is tense and the Apple-Google search deal is about to expire, Safari will most likely switch to either Yahoo or Bing, as the default search engine.