Lucid changes to Firefox default search provider

David A. Cobb superbiskit at
Mon Feb 8 17:20:36 GMT 2010

  On 02/05/2010 01:16 PM, petr bug wrote:
> On 5 February 2010 16:53, David A. Cobb<superbiskit at>  wrote:
>> Above all, never never compromise the principle that the user is the one to
>> say what her experience should look like -- no matter what marketing choices
>> Canonical gets involved in.
> In principle, user is in charge of ~1 million settings. Obviously user
> cannot set everything, distro or upstream has to decide a defaults.
> Why is this one an exception? Yahoo does searching, Google does
> searching. Some people prefer one, some the other, many do not care.
> The setting can be altered anyway on the usual place (Edit,
> Preferences, quite discoverable).
> Canonical will supposedly get some money which means we will get some
> more/real features/fixes.
Good point, especially when the user will never even be aware of the 
result of some settings (like of my gray-display problem). And, 
obviously, the user being in control is partly an illusion -- he can 
only get the results the program is in a situation to provide. We all 
still need the DWIM [Do What I Mean] interpreter.

My thought about presenting an initial screen, telling the user she can 
select one, is still worth two cents. I'll file it as a bug, even if it 
ultimately gets a "WontFix." Working on the Mozilla programs, I see a 
lot of "WontFix."
> (I have a strong opinion on what version of GCC should be used. But
> other programmers do not, they often do not even know what version
> they are using. So I do not push anyone.)
I'm with you on that! I want the front edge, and not the older ones -- 
but LSB seems to want an old one that I wind up keeping just to satisfy 
that dependency.

David A. Cobb -- computing t-rex

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