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Re: [tor-talk] Google as default search engine revisited

On 1/13/2012 7:45 PM, Andrew Lewman wrote:
On Thu, 12 Jan 2012 20:50:01 +0200
Maxim Kammerer<mk@xxxxxx>  wrote:

On Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 19:25, Andrew Lewman<andrew@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Also, the majority of users want google as their default engine due
to the quality of search results.
It might be a stretch that the "majority" of [TBB] users want google. I don't really care what search engine others use - whatever they want. I've not found a huge difference in quality of search results from engines like Ixquick vs google. Maybe it depends on WHAT your searching for. Many don't know if other search engines are suitable, because they've never tried them. Folks use google or bing for exact same reason vast majority of people use Windows - because that's mostly the only OS that non Apple mfgs put on machines, not because Windows is inherently better than other OSs. McDonalds is the largest restaurant chain in the world, but not because they have better food than any other.

An earlier comment, "because it's the default engine in Firefox" holds no water, if Tor Project gets no funding from leaving it the default engine. Many users (even for TBB) will just use default settings & default search engine. Maybe other easier to use (no "captchas"), more privacy conscious engines could be made the default but still include google in the list. If Tor users that want google can't figure out how to select it from a list...

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