[ubuntu-studio-devel] Default search engine

Len Ovens len at ovenwerks.net
Sun Sep 15 15:07:24 UTC 2013

On Sun, 15 Sep 2013, Ralf Mardorf wrote:

> Before Firefox is started for the first time, there's no ~/.mozilla/.
> It would be possible to install a ~/.mozilla/ by the Ubuntu Studio
> desktop meta package. Not only to replace the search engine, resp. even
> when not replacing the search engine, but (also) to add useful bookmarks
> to Linux audio sites, Linux graphic sites etc..

I tried using /etc/skel/"stuff" for some other default browser settings 
and had it nixed. There are maintenance problems with doing that. However, 
There are other places settings can be added/changed. There are some 
things to leave alone though... like the start page. If the menu item says 
FireFox, then the start page has to be firefox at least for first start 
up. (for legal reasons)

It seems a lot of distro creation or modifying is not just doing 
something, but doing it in the right place. For example, our Grub 
customizations are not done the way _any_ of the how to tutorials 
suggest... including the grub home page. If we did, the next grub update 
would overwrite our change :)

There are some things happening in browers and Ubuntu and I would like to 
wait till those things are done. It seems Ubuntu (vanilla) may change to 
chromium and the ubuntu branding package for firefox may be removed. This 
means that the location for making changes to firefox settings would also 
change (maybe).

One more thing to concider... Ubuntu has tried different search engines as 
default before. The main result has been lots of bug reports/complaints by 
testers/users and it gets changed back petty quick.

Len Ovens

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