Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 11th Jul 2006 07:22 UTC, submitted by Dan Warne
SuSE, openSUSE According to APC Magazine: Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 includes the most fully integrated desktop search we've seen on any operating system, which is a crowning achievement for Novell.
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The OSNews news headline is confusing ...
by frik85 on Tue 11th Jul 2006 10:02 UTC
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"World's Best Desktop Search"
*lol*; it was not in the original article nor is it true

Beagle is alpha software, currently version 0.2.7 (released on June 19, 2006). Memory leaks, bugs, glitches, etc. are not uncommon.

The original article has no comparision of any other desktop search, just mentioned google desktop as negative example of software which is not portable. *lol*

Windows has a "desktop search" (file indexing + interface) since Windows 2000 (but deactivated by default; but you can activate it with one simple mouse click) and now it is promoted for Vista as the cool search feature. A optinal second interface is available WinXP as MSN/Windows desktop search which simply just another interface for the internal technology (marketing gag?).

MacOS X has a one of the best "desktop search" implementation since 10.4. Sure, it is not perfect and the interface is non-standard and inconsistent, etc., the underlying technology is far better.
It has an extended advanced search query syntax which is a lot more powerful than most other competitors, but no good graphical user interface is implemented.

Beagle is not as portable as it should be (interface, integration). Try it under KDE and you will see (Gnome libs requiered).

To sum up, every platform has it's own desktop search feature and there is a shift to more integrated versions, like vaporware WinFS, Gnome storage, etc.
There is no need for portability nor is Beagle the best desktop search, just one of many good ones.

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