Change in Firefox default search coming in Ubuntu 10.04
Today it was announced by Rick Spencer of Canonical that there are changes coming to the default search engine in Ubuntu 10.04, Lucid Lynx. The first change is that the default search engine will no longer be Google. Canonical and Yahoo made a deal in which Canonical will generate revenue from the switch. This will help to support further development of Ubuntu by helping to pay for Canonical staff and other resources needed.
The second change is that the search bar on the default Firefox home page will now be the same as the search engine default for Firefox. This means that if you have Yahoo as your default search engine, the start page will be a Yahoo search bar. If you have Bing as your default search engine, then Bing would be your start page search bar.
You will of course be able to change your default search engine just as easily as you can change it now. The changes in the default search engine should be made within the next few weeks. If you are running Lucid like I am, you will notice these changes as soon as they are made. If you wait until Lucid is released to upgrade, then as soon as you upgrade, the new changes will be present.