Lucid changes to Firefox default search provider

Rick Spencer rick.spencer at
Tue Jan 26 22:46:12 GMT 2010

On Tue, 2010-01-26 at 20:17 -0200, Carlos Ribeiro wrote:

> Given the sensitivity of this change for many people, I would ask you
> to consider keeping the current setting whatever it is (Google or
> not). People tend to be very passionate about such issues. Also, keep
> in mind that for many people, Google (still) is the official partner
> of the Mozilla Foundation. For those folks it MAY seem that Canonical
> is cutting Mozilla's revenue. While I am sure that this was not the
> intention, this is the way things are. I think Canonical should do a
> better effort to coordinate the communication of this change with the
> community to avoid bad rep.
Well, in terms of not changing to the new default, that would be a bit
of a departure for how Ubuntu handles changes to defaults, and I'm not
certain why this particular change would be special cased.

In terms of Mozilla, and cutting into their revenue stream, Mozilla has
been a really good partner to Ubuntu, definitely firmly in the "good
guy" camp as far as I am concerned with regard to Linux and FOSS. We
would certainly want to do anything to damage this relationship. Suffice
to say that Mozilla was not surprised by this change, and I am confident
that we will continue to have a good relationship.

Cheers, Rick

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