Thank you all for the many comments, questions and suggestions. Particular thanks go to user x.15a2 for constantly monitoring, replying and helping so many users here. To continue these discussions, please head over to the DuckDuckGo subreddit.
DDG will not be the default, as Google pays mozilla a fee every time someone downloads Firefox. This helps Mozilla afford to pay their developers and hire new ones. That's great. And it's not forced on you, like Bing is on some Verizon phones. That's great too. Not to mention the fact that you can add any provider you want, and I know you can add DuckDuckGo from their website. However, with the incredibly large number of alternative search engines, it is impossible to placate users in this manner. Why should DuckDuckGo be added and not Lycos, for example. Lycos has been around longer. I personally use DuckDuckGo, not because it's better (it really isn't), but because it produces some interesting results, and when I find spam in the results (I find spam that I don't find in a Google search for the same query), I can report it over Twitter and it'll get taken care of. Recent example (and I know this isn't a reason for exclusion, but it's interesting): I searched for a certain hospital in Macon GA. The DDG result was for a deep subpage that didn't work, not their homepage which did. I reported this issue and it was resolved. However, most users don't go to search engines to find and report bugs, they go there to find things (primarily the login page for facebook , if you must know). Disclaimer: I don't work for Mozilla.
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