Thursday, June 16, 2011

Firefox could lose the support of Ubuntu

The Linux world is much more complex than Windows or Mac OS, with a large number of distributions can be very different. If anyone who knew how to stand out, however, it is Ubuntu. The distribution is used by millions of people around the world and even if that system is far from the success of Apple's and Microsoft, its weight in the Linux world is enormous.

So when Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, is in favor of abandoning Firefox as the default browser of its system in favor of Chrome, the information does unnoticed. The man is known for its radical choices and often disputed, such as a completely new interface (Unity) in Ubuntu 11.04. We also knew Mark Shuttleworth fan of Google products and think clearly to impose his views by putting forward the browser from search giant.

Nothing is done yet and the next version of Ubuntu numbered 11.10 and expected to fall still keep Firefox as default browser. Even following the 4.12 that should land in spring 2012, could still keep Firefox as the default choice, but it might be the last version.

For inexperienced users, this change would be insignificant because they can always install Firefox and make it the default browser. But for all new users attracted by the simplicity Ubuntu, it certainly means a change in browser. Firefox is not in great shape these days, here's some news that should not help the Mozilla browser, if it ever materializes.

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