Ubuntu Could Profit From Both Yahoo, Google

Talk about a careful balancing act involving Ubuntu. Canonical appears to have financial relationships with both Google and Yahoo. Here’s how the relationships — involving Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) and Google Chrome OS — are shaping up. Plus, the potential financial implications for Canonical.

Let’s start with the Canonical-Yahoo relationship. Specifically, Firefox in Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) will use Yahoo.com as its default search engine. Why’s that? The simple answer: Money. According to Canonical’s Rick Spencer:

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