So yesterday I asked just in general what would happen if Mozilla would start using Yahoo! as its default search engine. I also alluded to the fact that Google gives a lot of donations to Firefox/Mozilla and perhaps Yahoo! should step up there donations to gain marketshare.
Asa Dotzler from Mozilla responded in the comments:
Donations or other financial contributions and arrangements have nothing to do with why Google is the default search service in Firefox. Google is the default service (and was long before there was any money associated with it) in Firefox because our users tell us it’s the service they want.
Or to put it another way, Yahoo couldn’t buy the default slot in Firefox. No one could. Not even Google.
What Yahoo could do, something Google does, is to distribute a version of Firefox with Yahoo defaults. Mozilla has a broad partners program that allows for this and Yahoo could help Firefox and at the same time help themselves by participating.
Thanks Asa for your response!
P.S. Asa has a great blog here with a lot of info if your a FireFox Fan.