5804 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 25, 2009 8:59 AM by lonestarm
Wolfram|Alpha isn't a search engine, it's a computation knowledge engine, so you can't use that as your search engine. If you want to use Bing instead of Google, you'll need to install Glims, which is free. There are no Terminal hacks for this; it must be done by modifying Safari at launch time; thus, the requirement of a third party extension.
Microsoft would not be sued by the EU because there is nothing stopping a user from using the search engine of their choice. There's no requirement that it be available in the search field of the browser; that's just a convenience.
Now that the Google guy is off the Apple Board of Directors, perhaps there won't be any pressure to have only Google as the built-in search engine... (I don't think it's an accident the search engine was hardcoded into the app.) Maybe now Safari can give us a choice of search engines?
I myself use Butler to switch to other search engines (as well as dictionary, news, etc., engines). But it's too bad such a simple request has to have such a complicated solution!
Btw, I mainly use clusty.com. It's SO much more useful than either Google or Bing-Yahoo.
FWIW: I was also frustrated that Snow Leopard killed search engine options other than Google.
(I hated having to use Google)
The free addon "Glims" now works. Gives 12alternatives of Lycos, Ask, Bing, etc.
My favorite is ixquick.
Check out: http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/27708/glims