Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 1st Apr 2007 21:56 UTC, submitted by suka
Novell and Ximian "Nat Friedman has been one of the driving forces behind the development of the Linux desktop for a few year now. First with his own company Ximian, founded together with Mono chief architect Miguel de Icaza, after its acquisition now inside Novell. A few months ago he has been named 'Technologist of the Year' by the VarBusiness magazine for his work around the SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop. Since then he has been promoted to Chief Technology and Strategy Officer for Open Source, besides the desktop he is also overseeing Novells server business now. During Novells Brainshare Andreas Proschofsky had the possibility to sit down with Friedman and talk about the Linux desktop, the consequences of the Microsoft agreement and the mistakes of the Hula project."
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RE[2]: Tracker
by g2devi on Mon 2nd Apr 2007 14:27 UTC in reply to "RE: Tracker"
g2devi
Member since:
2005-07-09

I haven't found the need to use desktop search yet (If you keep your files organized, you don't need to search), but I don't see a problem with the "tracker everywhere" proposal. *If* tracker is modular then several technologies inherent in an indexer should be applicable to many tasks. Why do we need to reinvent the square wheel? Doesn't Unix get it's enormous power by force-fitting everything to be like a file handle? If there's one central concept to understand, then implementing generic concepts that work on things that we haven't even thought of becomes a lot easier. It's called good design.

So here's my question to you. Do you see anything fundamental in the design of tracker that would prevent it from filling that generic role?

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RE[3]: Tracker
by abraxas on Mon 2nd Apr 2007 15:00 in reply to "RE[2]: Tracker"
abraxas Member since:
2005-07-07

I haven't found the need to use desktop search yet (If you keep your files organized, you don't need to search)

Beagle is a huge benefit to me because of email and conversation searching. There is no real way to keep instant message conversations organized and when you deal with thousands of the mailing list emails it is very hard to find information within those emails no matter how organized you are. It also makes available many different types of information when you search which can be extremely beneficial. For example, I can do a search fo SELinux and find a paper on security stored as a PDF, email from security mailing lists, and news concerning SELinux from my RSS feeds. I never thought I would need desktop search either but after trying it out for a while I think it is the best technology to really mature in the past few years with Beagle, Spotlight, and Vista's new search.

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