I've been using Google for several years. I'm thinking about trying some alternate search engines. I just realized you can't easily change the default search in safari like you can in Firefox and even IE.
Apple doesn't seem to have a preference for it and cuil's FAQ incorrectly suggests there is a setting. I can't find it. A search on cuil returned one useful hit, but the site was pulled down. They also don't seem to cache pages like Google. I decided to use Google to look for an answer. There are two options.
- Use http://www.inquisitorx.com/ to configure your search. I don't know if they log searches or use any form of spyware. They probably don't, but I consider search very important and don't want to trust this.
- Some people have reported success hex editing safari. I could do this, but I don't know what would happen when software update tries to push/install a new version. Best case, I'd have to do this every time Safari gets a security update.
Oddly enough, it's easier to change on the iPhone where apple could lock users in. I may stick with Google, but now I feel like I'm forced to. It's sad as I like Safari in my any other ways and have even been using WebKit in BSD for browsing.