Yahoo! is to replace Google as the new default search engine in Firefox on Ubuntu 10.04 ‘Lucid Lynx’, Canonical has announced.

Rick Spencer from Canonical posted the announcement on the Ubuntu developer mailing list earlier today.  He adds that the change won’t affect users’  ability to change search provider should they so wish.

One area of possible contention; users upgrading from Karmic to Lucid will have their search engine changed to Yahoo!

The deal between Canonical and Yahoo will see the revenue raised from the partnership go towards continued funding of the Ubuntu platform.

Also in the announcement was the somewhat less dramatic change – the Ubuntu homepage that greets users in a stock-install will now use whatever search engine a user has set in Firefox. Previously it used Google.

You can read the full announcement here.

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