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Re: revenue sharing agreement with DuckDuckGo

On Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 9:56 AM, Kumar Appaiah wrote:

> The current default for some browsers in Debian informs webmasters
> about which browser is being used.

I think you mean "all browsers" rather than "some browsers"? Are there
actually browsers that do not send the User-Agent HTTP header by
default? I'm using xul-ext-useragentswitcher to disable sending the
User-Agent header but I doubt any browsers will ever do that by

> The user can, naturally, change it
> to suit his/her needs. How does merely using this string to track hits
> to DDG (with no changes to the default user-agent) change anything for
> the user? They can track us anyway, right now, right?

Probably you missed the part of the email that says we should add
t=debian by default to every new DDG search URL? I would suggest that
it should be up to the users what t= should be set to when sending
search requests to DDG, not Debian.

If DDG wants to donate money to Debian based on User-Agent then great,
but I don't see how they can do that yet, given that many browsers in
Debian probably don't mention Debian in User-Agent. Of the ones I
tested, only elinks and epiphany-browser do that.



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