Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Jan 2007 15:11 UTC, submitted by Torsten Rahn
Benchmarks "A number of search engines are available for the Gnome and KDE desktop environments, many based around the open source Lucene search engine. It would be tremendous if we could adopt one of these search engines for the Gnome platform, so we can provide the type of integrated search experience for our users that they really need, irrespective of which distort they are using. So to help in this assessment we have carried out a comparison of four different Unix based indexers [.pdf]."
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not perfect but still nice
by superstoned on Thu 18th Jan 2007 16:57 UTC
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i think this is a nice article, tough it has some shortcomings. one is the remarks on cpu usage - the author seems to fail to realize beagle using not 100% cpu is in fact a bad thing, for several reasons.

first, the linux kernel will think it's an interactive process, increasing it's priority, thus allowing it to pre-empt user processes, killing interactivity of the system.

second, on a laptop, it's better to use 100% cpu for 1 min than 50% for 2 mins, in terms of power usage...

thus the fact Strigi uses max cpu is positive, not negative. and it makes for a good choice, being up to 40 times faster in indexing (4 min vs 2 hours for beagle vs 3 hours for tracker) - the author states most noted problems are rather trivial to fix.
http://www.kdedevelopers.org/node/2639

anyway, a common plugin engine and dbus-interface would be good, for sure.

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