Firefox in Ubuntu 10.04 ‘Lucid’ will soon undergo two important changes; The default search provider for new installations of Ubuntu 10.04 ‘Lucid’ and upgrades will no longer be Google but Yahoo!. Yahoo! and Canonical have reached a “revenue sharing deal” that will generate revenue for the latter – revenue that will help “Canonical to provide developers and resources to continue the open development of Ubuntu and the Ubuntu Platform”. In any case the user has the last say, you are free to switch back to Google provider if you prefer it.
The second change has to do with Firefox’s default home page in Ubuntu Lucid, the ‘Ubuntu Start Page’ – it will respect your search provider settings in “Chrome” – the little search box to the upper right of the Firefox brower. If you have Google as search provider before updating to Ubuntu ‘Lucid Lynx’, then you’ll have Google on your Ubuntu start page, but if before updating to Lucid you have Yahoo! as provider you’ll get Yahoo! on your Ubuntu start page, as soon on – unlike before when it all began with Google on the start page.