My first thought on this matter was to shout Noooooo!!!!
This might have been a little extreme, but not expected on my part. I don’t like it when things that I like, change. Especially when it is my default search provider. I am quite fond of the Google search and I want it to stay.
After my trauma had subsided, I thought about it for a moment. Why shouldn’t companies make money in this way. It was only last week that we heard that Bing was going to be the default search provider on the iPhone after a deal with Microsoft. The change in Ubuntu is not vastly dissimilar. I am sure that the extra cash will be welcomed by Canonical.
I wonder what the future has in store? How many more distributions will change their default search for some cold hard cash.