I found a way to change the search to regular Google in Firefox, unfortunately this breaks SiteAdvisor functionality since the icons no longer properly load to signify safety of the links (even when browsing through http://www.google.com
) and not using the search bar shortcut.
I've uninstalled and reinstalled firefox and that didn't fix it either, and neither did uninstalling the add-on recommended in the below forum or reinstalling the siteadvisor plugin.
I'm really enjoying the Mint experience being a Linux n00b, but stuff like this in conjunction with the difficulty in finding complementary software to things like DIVX Converter and roboform are really making a switch to Linux as a full-time OS a tough sell. It doesn't help I could only barely get my Samsung SCX-4100 working with CUPS to print and scan programs crash on load ruining the multifunction aspects of the machine.
I've also noticed flash support is very weak still. Things run OK embedded in a site, but fullscreen the video bogs down the browser and causes framerate issues and program/system unresponsiveness. That alone is a deal breaker since I watch Charlie Rose episodes via Youtube.
It's been fun, but I'm going to have to stick with Vista as my main OS. This journey has just become too difficult and time consuming for it to be a practical alternative. I'll keep dabbling with Mint since it's fun to experiment but Linux still just doesn't seem there yet, manufacturers just aren't providing enough driver and software support and too much is still terminal based.
Below is the link to the forum that will let you change the search bar.http://www.linuxmint.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=9504&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&hilit=google+search&start=30
Keep up the work developers, Mint is by far the best distro I've tried so far! Hopefully Debian/Ubuntu will come along far enough before Windows 7 that I won't need to spend hours each day searching for solutions to fulfill my daily computing needs in a Linux environment.