An unadorned search page that loads fast. Search results combined from a number of sources. No sponsored search results to get in the way of the real ones. And they don’t collect personal information or track you in any way. Some people, including most of us here at FOSS Force, think DuckDuckGo is the best search engine out there.
The FOSS Force Video Interview
The company’s website says, “DuckDuckGo is a general purpose search engine that is intended to be your starting place when searching the Internet. Use it to get way more instant answers, way less spam and real privacy, which we believe adds up to a much better overall search experience.”
It’s an excellent search engine. I use it myself. But that’s not all. Check out this FOSS Force headline from May: DuckDuckGo Gives $225,000 to Open Source Projects. That’s right. A search engine that is (HYBERBOLE ALERT!) about one-billionth as large as Google manages to give hundreds of thousands of dollars to open source projects.
Proprietor Gabriel Weinberg says his once-personal project (founded in 2008) isn’t making anyone wealthy, but he and his workers live decently, and he says they’re doing well enough that giving money to open source projects doesn’t hurt their budget.
DuckDuckGo is profitable. Not Google-profitable. Closer to Craigslist-profitable, and Weinberg admits he admires Craig Newmark, who famously has made a bunch of money, but nowhere near as much as he could if money was his main goal.
So you know: We aren’t the only ones who admire DuckDuckGo. In May, 2013, The Washington Post ran two news articles about DuckDuckGo, along with one all the way back in 2012. For even more DuckDuckGo (and Gabriel Weinberg) information, see Wikipedia. And watch the interview, of course.
Robin “Roblimo” Miller is a freelance writer and former editor-in-chief at Open Source Technology Group, the company that owned SourceForge, freshmeat, Linux.com, NewsForge, ThinkGeek and Slashdot, and until recently served as a video editor at Slashdot. Now he’s mostly retired, but still works part-time as an editorial consultant for Grid Dynamics, and (obviously) writes for FOSS Force.