Well, FF did this as their attempt to stop search hijacking. You can read the Bug Report from Bugzilla here.

Reading the bug title is interesting, "consolidate Firefox search preferences". What they've done is to make the address bar search default to the FF search bar default search.

The add-on that Guest provide the link to (above) works great. If you'd rather not install the add-on, here's a (rather limited) work-around for those that don't like to use FF's built-in search bar: Open the search bar, , make DDG the default search, then close down the search bar. Now searches from the address bar will search DDG.

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