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02.12.10

Ubuntu GNU/Linux 10.04 Search Page Links to Microsoft Datacentres

Posted in GNU/Linux, Google, Microsoft, Search, Ubuntu at 9:09 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: As the new screenshots show, Ubuntu’s change of a search provider is now finalised

Google expands in search with yet another brand new acquisition, whereas Yahoo! “struggles to gain search respect,” according to CNET (also appearing in CNN). Yahoo! has only itself to blame after the hostile hijack that left the company’s search destiny in the hands of a convicted criminal with a long series of offences. Yahoo! is already giving up on parts of its portal and services while Bartz, Microsoft’s old friend from Autodesk, is letting Microsoft essentially buy out its search market (on the cheap). Bartz is not a failing CEO; she’s doing exactly what the invader must have wanted her to do. It’s a “zombie” company as SJVN called it and “Yahoo executives address ‘misconception’ about search,” says the news headline from Reuters.

Yahoo Inc executives defended the company’s commitment to Internet search on Wednesday, vowing to reverse the erosion of the company’s market share and to fix the “misconception” that the company has given up on the business it helped create.

So what is this “misconception”? Does Yahoo! deny its plan to outsource all search to Microsoft, starting with the United States? This is very relevant to us because Canonical has just prepared the start page for Ubuntu 10.04, which will be released in April. Canonical will redirect search queries of many Ubuntu users to Microsoft [1, 2, 3], but the page deceives by displaying the more innocent logo of Yahoo!

Ubuntu start page

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7 Comments

  1. uberVU - social comments said,

    February 13, 2010 at 3:13 am

    Social comments and analytics for this post…

    This post was mentioned on Identica by schestowitz: #Ubuntu #GNU #Linux 10.04 Search Page Links to #Microsoft Datacentres http://ur1.ca/m7sd This saddens me greatly…

  2. Yuhong Bao said,

    February 13, 2010 at 9:58 pm

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    “but the page deceives by displaying the more innocent logo of Yahoo”
    Yahoo itself does the same too, so why do you think it is more deceiving than it is already?

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Can you explain this differently/elaborate?

    Yuhong Bao Reply:

    I mean, the Bing-Yahoo search deal has been known long before this happened, and so it is not more deceiving than it is already.

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    A lot of people still don’t understand it (those who don’t follow the news).

  3. your_friend said,

    February 14, 2010 at 2:13 pm

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    That’s the whole problem. If Yahoo were an independent company, Ubuntu’s use of their search engine would not be a big deal. The more search Yahoo offloads to Microsoft’s deceptive “decision engine” and the more Yahoo lies about it, the worse the Yahoo deal is. If the US had a functioning justice department, Microsoft executives would be facing anti-trust charges for their hostile takeover of Yahoo, which is revealing itself to be more of an attack on Microsoft’s chief competitor, free software.

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    In more than one way. It’s akin to FAST [1, 2].

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