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mint special google search page....

Postby alonhzn on Wed Apr 30, 2008 6:41 am

Hi,

How do I make firefox use the regular google search page instead of the special mint page?
I really like to support mint by using the google ads on that page BUT it doesn't allow me to move quickly
to image search (like the original google)

thanks!
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Re: mint special google search page....

Postby rfpa on Wed Apr 30, 2008 7:03 am

If I understood it right, you just have to change it on "Edit"->"Preferences"->"Homepage"

By the way, Mint Google homepage turns different results comparing with a same search on http://www.google.com...Why this happens?
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Re: mint special google search page....

Postby GreenVoid on Fri May 02, 2008 7:29 am

rfpa wrote:If I understood it right, you just have to change it on "Edit"->"Preferences"->"Homepage"


I think you misunderstood it. The question was not about the homepage, it was about the search result page. When in Mint, if the user searches something using the google toolbar, the results are not displayed in the usual google-style search result page, but in a special Mint-style result page. And, sadly, the latter has much less information, including link such as "Image search", "Advanced search" etc.
I, too, find it really annoying.
Is there a way to tell firefox to use the original google result page?
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Re: mint special google search page....

Postby rfpa on Fri May 02, 2008 9:20 am

Ah ok. I get it now. I don't have a clue and I have thought about that too. Sorry.
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Re: mint special google search page....

Postby Lantesh on Sat May 03, 2008 2:02 pm

If you go into Synaptic Package Manager and install Firefox3 Beta4, you not only will upgrade your browser, but it also comes with the regular Google search.

Now my question for Clem and the Mint team. How do I change it back to Mint Google in Firefox3? I want to support the team, and only use the regular Google search when absolutely necessary. Can I add the Mint Google search back in?
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Re: mint special google search page....

Postby deadguy on Sat May 03, 2008 4:35 pm

Hi Lantesh,


I think you'll find what your looking for here: http://www.linuxmint.com/blog/?p=142#comments


cheers,

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Re: mint special google search page....

Postby Lantesh on Sat May 03, 2008 5:52 pm

deadguy thanks for the link. I took some info from there and came up with a solution that will help anyone add GoogleMint back to Firefox3 Beta4 if you installed it through Synaptic. Here is what I posted on the blog:

For those of you who have installed the Firefox3 Beta4 through Synaptic Package Manager. Here is how to add googlemint to Firefox3. You will find the Mint version of google.xml located in /usr/share/firefox/searchplugins. Rename (as root in terminal) the file to googlemint.xml. Next open it in gedit (as root again) and change the name that is displayed to google mint. Now copy the file (as root) to usr/lib/firefox-addons/searchplugins. You will now have both versions in Firefox3.
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Re: mint special google search page....

Postby Alex O'Berra on Wed May 28, 2008 1:17 pm

I know how you feel; I tried deleting Google and re-installing it as a fresh add-on and it wouldn't take. Certain sites I visit aren't "approved" by LinuxMint so I might have to drop the whole OS and go back to BSD.
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Re: mint special google search page....

Postby eeezzzeee on Wed May 28, 2008 7:24 pm

I'm not sure what you mean aren't "approved" by linux mint, could you elaborate a little please? I'm pretty sure Mint doesn't filter any content.
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Re: mint special google search page....

Postby clem on Wed May 28, 2008 7:33 pm

Hi there,

The blog post is unfortunately the best place to find info on this at the moment. We're planning to add this to the Elyssa User Guide as well though.

I'll just add a note about Google Images, there is a search engine for Google Images in the list, so instead of clicking on "images" in the google results (which is not there obviously), you can just change the search plugin and press enter. I know it's annoying but it's mostly because you're used to do it a different way. This plugin is our main source of income and it makes the difference between working on Mint as a past time and working on Mint as a second job (hopefully even full time in the future). You can appreciate how much new features and improvements are put in each of our releases, and there's no secret.. it takes time and efforts, and at this stage it takes more than past time.

Now, having said that. It's YOUR desktop, so the best we can do is to show you why we did that, and also how to revert to the default Google search plugin if you decide to use it instead. It's all there in the blog post, and as I said it will be made extremely clear in the User Guide as well.

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Re: mint special google search page....

Postby eeezzzeee on Wed May 28, 2008 11:31 pm

I really hope you guys get paid everytime we search things, cause I search for things that I know the address to and go to all the time just to generate more searches.
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Re: mint special google search page....

Postby darco on Thu May 29, 2008 10:53 am

Not to take away anything from LM, I left FF as is and installed Opera Beta. Google is normal there!....Opera is pretty fast web browser so I go back and forth. So havent decided who is web browser king :D
Also I dont watch alot of streaming videos but I did test Opera out on youtube and didnt seem to have any problems. FF crashed after a few mins.

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Re: mint special google search page....

Postby MagnusB on Fri May 30, 2008 4:41 am

Opera is pretty good, but it just looks ugly in GNOME. I like how FF3 is integrated with GTK. Looks much better than previous releases...
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Re: mint special google search page....

Postby Hazyshd on Sat Jun 28, 2008 11:35 pm

Isn't there any way that you could add map, images, videos and the more common search features to the custom page because otherwise I wouldn't mind it so much. The thing is I use google map often because I just moved to the area. I often look for movie trailers and do that on google, so you could see where this would be an annoyance. That being said I don't want to take away from any kind of assistance I can give Linux Mint.


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Re: mint special google search page....

Postby toblakai on Fri Jul 04, 2008 6:00 pm

:evil: This is f****** anyoing adware. I love mint but not when you break my system, WITHOUT telling me, and WITHOUT telling me how to fix it.

In Opera, if I search for something with an unknown keyword, I'm taken to the linux mint google search. This breaks all of my workflow. The linux mint google search is horrible, with none of the extra google searches I need access to all the time, and for instance the google calculator does NOT work.

Now, if it was like my home page that I could simply change away from, fine. But getting the s*** both in Opera and in Firefox, and with even a search on forum don't yield simple and specific instructions... I say s*** because it's extremely intrusive, breaks the most important thing in my daily work (search), and I can't remove it. No problem that you need money, and it's obviously a great revenue for you - and fine with most ppl. But dude.. I just can't wrap my mind around the ugly intrusivness of this thing! How can you not communicate clearly how to remove it from firefox and opera and whatever??

A search of forums gave references to a blog which gave references to a firefox plugin, however this doesn't solve my Opera problems. Not even a search on the wiki pages gives any link to this..

Please.. this is definitely something I'll leave Mint behind for if I have to, but I would hate that so I hope someone can give a solution here on how to remove it. And man... it's just so incredibly rude done... since you don't provide an easy way out.

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Re: mint special google search page....

Postby eeezzzeee on Fri Jul 04, 2008 7:54 pm

Ummmm unless I'm mistaken you are using their system, so they haven't broke anything of yours.
I can see your frustration with the modified search options available to you, I wasn't aware they made changes to opera, I thought they just made the change for firefox.
If you really want the basic opera or firefox, can't you just uninstall the mint package and download the normal package from opera or mozilla and install it that way?
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Re: mint special google search page....

Postby clem on Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:42 pm

Alternatively you can install the version from Ubuntu: apt remove opera; apt clean; apt install opera/hardy (This will give you version 9.27 though). Or you can download the unmodified version of Opera 9.5 from Opera.com (this solution is probably the best one as you won't be affected by future updates of Opera coming from Mint that way).

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Re: mint special google search page....

Postby Critom on Sat Jul 05, 2008 10:25 am

Also i think that you can add any search to Opera so you can just go to "www.google.com" and right click in the search bar and select create search. This will add a new search to the Opera seach list which you can make the default search.
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Re: mint special google search page....

Postby erginemr on Sun Jul 06, 2008 5:21 am

As already posted with a link before, to go back to the default Google search in Firefox is easy:

1. You need to install the "Add to Search Bar" add-on: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3682

2. Visit Google homepage (http://www.google.com), right click on the search text area and click on "Add to Search Bar" (or similar).

3. Then, click on the icon on the left of the Firefox Google search text box and select "Manage Search Engines" (or similar).

4. Delete the Google search item by Linux Mint and move the one you have just created to the top. And you are all done!
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Re: mint special google search page....

Postby toblakai on Sun Jul 06, 2008 7:13 am

Yes, I can add any search to Opera, and did so with google, such that when I type "g something" it searches default google for 'something'. However, mint google was still set as the default somehow, so that if I for instance type 'gi something' in address bar, but have not defined 'gi' as a keyword shortcut, I was taken to mint google search.

Clem, I really can't appreciate that you even when answering a direct question here on the forum, refuse to say how the Opera installation is changed. Do you seriously want to hide this information from the public?

To all: I found the solution (re-installing is NOT a solution, then I would have to do all my customizations to Opera all over again). You need to open the search.ini file manually, and change the first search in there, which is set to mint google search by default. Simply change the URL to something like 'http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%s&btnG=Google+Search' and you're good to go. You should find search.ini in the ~/.opera folder.

Again, what really upset me here is that information is deliberately withheld, even when asked for.

And to whoever it was: of course I refer to it as breaking my system, or whatever I actually said. Or do you claim that my linux mint installation is owned by linuxmint.com and I only lease it for free and can use it in limited ways according to some agreement? Linuxmint.com == Blizzard? I hope not.

Anyways, solved.
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