I got a nice surprise today. I scrolled through the Slashdot feed, and saw a story about Google finally releasing their desktop search tool on Linux. So I immediately went and downloaded a copy.
I like Google Desktop Search because it simply works, and because it integrates with Gmail. I previously tried Beagle but it just didn’t work for me. I had it installed for over a month now, but even the simplest queries returned odd results. For example, queries for the word thesis would yield no results even after a month of indexing, despite the fact that I had about 20 tex files, and a huge pile of pdf files with the word thesis right in their title. Same goes for Web Timesheet and Replicon – I have about a hundred of back and forward emails with that company regarding the timesheet software, and bunch of proposals in PDF form, and some excel spreadsheets with time-sheet in the name.
I restarted the daemon and reset the index many times – but it would never work. Google Desktop Search on the other hand – just worked. I tried above queries with the index only at 15% and I already got very relevant hits. So I’m sold. Goodbye Beagle, welcome Google Desktop.
Btw, it’s nice of Google to provide both an RPM and a Deb as installation choices. I had no issues installing the deb package on Dapper and Google claims it will work on just about any Ubuntu and Debian system. Nice. Although, I have to say this is probably the first linux application that forced me to “reboot” to complete the installation. Ok, it didn’t really tell me to reboot – it just said the search will start next time I log in. So I logged out, and logged back in and then it kicked into place. Very odd. What would they ever need to do that?
And yes, I know, I know. Google will steal my data, eat my soul, and sell my pr0n to the feds. We went over all of that. I’m not scared. I have yet to see some proof showing that Desktop search transmits private information back to Google.
I’m just glad to see that people at Google do care about Linux users, and when they promise a port, they can deliver it.
[tags]google desktop search, google desktop search on linux, google linux, search, beagle[/tags]