Thursday, January 28, 2010

Ubuntu Strikes a Deal with Linux

Canonical, Ubuntu Linux’s corporate backer has signed a partnership to use Yahoo’s search results by default in the version of Firefox.

According to Canonical’s Rick Spencer, Canonical has negotiated a revenue sharing deal with Yahoo which will help Canonical to provide developers and resources to continue the open development of Ubuntu and the Ubuntu platform.

The said move will set Firefox as a default to send search traffic to Google, where the majority of Mozilla’s revenue, which is $79 million during 2008, will be a portion of any resulting search-ad revenue.

The alliance of Canonical with Yahoo may make more enemies especially with Yahoo said to be selling its search business to Microsoft. It’s been known that Microsoft is an arch enemy of Linux. However the deal hasn’t yet been secured by regulatory approval.

At present Canonical is getting ready to be under a new management. Its founder Mark Shuttleworth, will be stepping down by March 1, replaced by Chief Operating Officer Jane Silber.

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