Thursday, 04 March 2010 12:40

Yahoo! comes to Ubuntu

One of the most noticeable changes in the next version of Ubuntu - version 10.04 due for release next month - will be the presence of Yahoo! as the default search engine in Firefox.

That change has arrived with alpha 3 of Lucid Lynx, the official name for the version.

When Canonical announced the change in January, after negotiating a revenue-sharing deal with Yahoo!, there were many adverse comments, with those who made them not taking into account the fact that Canonical incidentally needs to balance its books if it is going to continue paying developers to work on the distribution.

Developers, by the way, cannot live on love and fresh air. They also need what we in India term roti, kapda aur makaan - food, clothing and shelter.

The change to Yahoo! does not in any way get in the path of someone who loves Google so dearly that they cannot live with it - all it takes is a single mouse-click and a bit of dragging to set Google as the default search engine.

Another big change noticeable in Lucid Lynx is the boot speed. In alpha 3, the hardware abstraction layer has been fully removed and instead DeviceKit looks after the process.

With this release, the image handling program, GIMP, has been jettisoned in the interests of creating more space on the live CD for other applications. The emphasis appears to be providing applications which are popular.

This is evidenced in the greater integration with so-called social networking sites like Twitter, and Facebook. Not that one can test this at the moment, as Gwibber, the microblogging client provided, crashes on start-up.

Other positives include the ability to support Apple's iPod, iPhone and iPad out of the box as reported by my colleague, David M. Williams, yesterday.

But there is a little more of Mono in this release, with a third application, a game called gbrainy being dependent on the clone of Microsoft technology.

Earlier releases had the two applications F-Spot and Tomboy which were dependent on Mono. This trend seems to be growing.

Lucid Lynx will be a long-term support release.
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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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