Desktop search tools for GNU/Linux: Tracker, Recoll Strigi and Deskbar

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In Part One and Part Two of this blog, I looked at Beagle and its alternative interfaces (Peagle, Yabi and Peagle). In this last part, I want to take a look at three other search engines as viable replacements for Beagle: Tracker, Recoll, Strigi, and Deskbar, an applet written in Python, which has some very handy scripts written for it and, which can extend its functionality well beyond the immediate desktop itself.

Tracker: sluething, hard on the heels of Beagle

In Part One, Beagle was under the microscope. Two main criticisms could be levelled at it: memory hogging and being Mono/Net-based and, therefore, tapping into the evil MS/Novell empire. Tracker, by contrast, can boast no such incriminating baggage.

So, what can Tracker index? Currently, support is available for the following formats: videos, images, music, files, documents, texts and development files.

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