July 02, 2014, 1:48 PM — Ever since the NSA spying scandal became public, more and more people have worried that their searches might be tracked by the government. This has led some folks to abandon Google and move to DuckDuckGo, which doesn't track or filter bubble you when you do a search.
Is DuckDuckGo the next big thing in search engines? Higher Visibility thinks that DuckDuckGo is worth paying attention to as privacy becomes more and more important to users everywhere.
According to Higher Visibility:
For those who are unfamiliar, DuckDuckGo is said to be a completely secure and private search engine. This means that the search engine doesn’t track you or collect any IP addresses, which means there is no filtering and everyone sees the same results all the time for any give search query.
DuckDuckGo saw a 50 percent traffic increase just 8 days after the PRISM program scandal, which showed that NSA was regularly tracking searches on major search engines like Google. However, Search Engine Land reminds us here that this huge jump isn’t so huge when you think about a jump to 4 million searches per day while Google was seeing more than 1 billion.
I'm a huge fan of DuckDuckGo, it's been my default search engine for a while now and it just keeps getting better and better. I can't imagine using Google unless I absolutely had to but thankfully that is the exception and not the rule these days. Sorry Google but I prefer to keep my searches private and I have no interest in being filter bubbled either.
I think Apple made a very wise decision by adding DuckDuckGo as a search engine option in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. It fits into Apple's larger strategy of trying to protect the privacy of its users, and I think it's just a matter of time until Google is no longer Apple's default search engine. When that change happens it will be a huge blow to Google, which makes quite a bit of money from iOS searches.
Some would say (and I tend to agree) that DuckDuckGo is really the future of search engines, and Google is stuck in the past. DuckDuckGo is already offering what more and more users will crave in the years ahead - private search results - and this is something that Google will never be able to replicate since its search business is so heavily tied into its advertising revenue and other services.
I've been recommending DuckDuckGo for a while now to family and friends. If you haven't tried it then head over to DuckDuckGo.com and give it a shot. If you still feel that you need Google then just remember that when the time comes to search for something that you want kept private, DuckDuckGo will always be there for you.
You can also connect with other DuckDuckGo users in DuckDuckGo on Reddit, and also via the official DuckDuckGo forum. You may also want to browse the DuckDuckGo help library for more information on how to use DuckDuckGo, and also check out the DuckDuckGo blog for updates and announcements.
Peppermint Five screenshot tour
We've got a helpful screenshot tour of Peppermint Five here on ITworld.
According to ITworld:
Peppermint Five, the latest release of the distribution formerly called Peppermint OS, features a brand new Control Center to manage settings, as well as a rebuilt Ice SSB (Site Specific Browser) manager. Since it’s built on the Ubuntu 14.04 code base, Peppermint Five is also a long term support release.
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Peppermint Five is an excellent choice if you want an Ubuntu-based distro that seamlessly blends web and desktop applications. It's really a hybrid distribution that makes it incredibly easy to run your favorite web applications right next to your desktop apps. It's a live distro too, so you can run it off a disc before deciding to install it on your computer.
You can download it from the Peppermint Five site, and hit the Peppermint forum to connect with other users and get assistance if you have any issues. Peppermint Five is also available in 32-bit or 64-bit versions.
Great applications for new Linux engineers
Linux Protocol has a list of useful applications for new Linux engineers.
According to Linux Protocol:
I've been using Linux as my desktop at work for many years now and through out those years I've come to use a standard set of applications. From office productivity to shells and command line tools, my application set has not change a whole lot in the last ten years or so.
These are my top applications for Linux and hopefully this be a guide for new Linux engineers.
What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.
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