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Re: revenue sharing agreement with DuckDuckGo

Stefano Zacchiroli wrote:
> I've clarified to them that the choice of which search engine options
> are available in web browsers we ship, as well as the choice of which
> one is the default, are purely based on technical merit and won't be
> affected by us entering in such an agreement (if we do). As a matter of
> fact, DDG has been already available as a search option in Iceweasel
> since quite a while; not sure about other browsers in Debian.

Chromium allows the user to choose between three search engines the
first time it's run. There's no preference given for any particular
engine. DDG used to be one of the choices, IIRC, but now it's Google,
Yahoo, Bing. I don't know why that changed.

> DDG will earmark traffic originating for Debian, for browsers who want
> to do so, by using the search URL
> https://duckduckgo.com/?q={{search}}&t=debian

The privacy implications of this need to be considered. At least for
Chromium there is no indication in the user agent that the user is
using Debian.

see shy jo

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