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posted by janrinok on Saturday November 22 2014, @08:32PM   Printer-friendly
from the follow-the-money dept.

Chris Beard, CEO of the Mozilla Corporation, announced in his blog Wednesday, 11 November 2014, that they were ending their 10-year relationship with Google. As of December, they begin a five-year "strategic partnership" with Yahoo.

For those wondering why the switch, The Verge has an interesting take on it:

In tech, little things can have big consequences — in this case, a tiny search bar. Last night, Firefox made a surprising announcement: after 10 years with Google as its default search engine, it would be handing the tiny search bar over to Yahoo. On the face of it, it's a strange move. If you're looking for almost anything on the internet, Google is a much better way to find it than Yahoo is. But that small search bar isn't just a feature, it's a business. And it’s a business that reveals how Mozilla and Google could increasingly be at odds with each other.

[We touched on this in a recent story about Firefox's expanding search options, but this aspect seems significant enough to merit specific attention. -LaminatorX]

 
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 23 2014, @01:18AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 23 2014, @01:18AM (#118991)

    (I'm on Windows XP, I'm speaking in Windows terms here)

    The perfect web browser design would be completely customizable, user-programmable and modular in the exact same way as the audio player foobar2000.

    If you have spent serious time getting to know all of foobar2000' possibilities you will know exactly what I am talking about. I am one of those people. I am not a programmer either. But this software has given me so much insight that I now look at most applications, including Firefox, and laugh......seriously, if a web browser came into existence which had the design philosophy of foobar2000, the Firefox GUI arguments would die away forever.

    Let's assume Firefox was designed and behaved exactly like foobar2000........

    You want to update, so you download the latest SetupEXE and run it. The program files are overwritten without fuss. The user preferences all stay the same to the very last detail!---display and layout choices, plugin settings, menu items, presets, relative and absolute paths, and so on and so on.

    If you hang around at the foobar2000 user forums and at the Deviantart customizing community you will see a software project which transcends arguments about GUI design and petty issues such as 'which search engine provider will load first in the search bar after an update'!

    FYI, foobar2000 IS DEVELOPED BY ONE PERSON !! ....its API is so good, it allows userland to pick up ALL the slack and do whatever the fuck they want with it and it obeys your commands and preferences and modifications at all times--even if you step outside its boundaries!

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 23 2014, @03:19AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 23 2014, @03:19AM (#119018)

    Foobar is nice but only a non-programmer would think that the API for a music player is even remotely comparable to the API for a web browser. Its like you are comparing a really nice matchbox car to a real car.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 23 2014, @04:23AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 23 2014, @04:23AM (#119032)

      Your analogy is vague and and without substance. You don't have a true handle on his insights; you are not in the same ballpark.
      To cut this short, he --the guy you replied to-- is 100% on the money.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 23 2014, @11:23AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 23 2014, @11:23AM (#119073)

        Let me guess... you're a non-programmer.

        -Another AC

  • (Score: 2) by umafuckitt on Sunday November 23 2014, @11:12AM

    by umafuckitt (20) on Sunday November 23 2014, @11:12AM (#119070)

    You want to update, so you download the latest SetupEXE and run it. The program files are overwritten without fuss. The user preferences all stay the same to the very last detail!---display and layout choices, plugin settings, menu items, presets, relative and absolute paths, and so on and so on.

    That's fucking revolutionary. Where do I sign up?

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 23 2014, @03:03PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 23 2014, @03:03PM (#119117)

    (I'm on Windows XP, I'm speaking in Windows terms here)

    This is where I stopped reading...