Blekko and Duckduckgo have for months being giving me better results for some searches. Maybe someone should compile an SE guide to show which SEs are best on what type of searches.
So do I. However, if you want Google traffic in future it might be worth stopping now.I link out all the time, not just to info sites.
Google's reliance on PR (links) skewed how webmasters linked to each other on the net. Each successive wave of Google actions to protect against their core reliance getting contaminated resulted in the eco system of links getting further skewed - from PR buying to nofollow to PR sculpting to everything in-between. Over the years there has been a noticeable shift towards webmasters being reluctant to link out for fear of losing PR (using the logic that PR flowing out of a site leaves less PR to spread around internal links). Now, with negative SEO and more FUD from the the Googleplex, new paranoias about linking are bound to develop.
Google's given the world a great deal. Screwing up how linking works on the entire visible online spectrum, however unintentional that was, isn't one of their big achievements.