Google Desktop for Linux

Google Desktop for Linux

Summary: Developed in Google's Beijing engineering office, Google Desktop for Linux is ready for prime time. This software is finally available on all major operating systems (Windows, Mac and Linux) -- providing quick access to files on your computer through the desktop search utility.

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Developed in Google's Beijing engineering office, Google Desktop for Linux is ready for prime time. This software is finally available on all major operating systems (Windows, Mac and Linux) -- providing quick access to files on your computer through the desktop search utility.

Major features of Google Desktop for Linux (beta) include:

  • Comprehensive Indexing - Users can search the full text of virtually all their computer's content, including text, PDF, PS, source code, HTML files, email from Thunderbird, OpenOffice.org documents, Man and Info pages, folders, images, and music. Google Desktop for Linux can even find previous versions of files or recover those that have been accidentally deleted.
  • Quick Search Box - The Quick Search Box is the fastest way to do web and desktop searches. Hitting the command key twice calls it up, instantly displaying results as users type.
  • Gmail and Web History Search - Not everything users are looking for resides on their computer. Google Desktop for Linux makes it easy for users to simultaneously search their Gmail™ webmail, web search history and the web at large. And because their index is stored locally on their own computer, users can even access their Gmail and web history while they're offline.

Topics: Hardware, Browser, Collaboration, Google, Linux, Open Source

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  • Sweet!

    I was hoping that this would be coming soon! Just left Windows a few months back, and I was getting along fine without it, but I look forward to being reunite with my old friend!
    balleyne
  • What took them so long?

    As Linux centric as Google is internally, it's surprizing how long it took them to get this done. Though broad range software for the Linux crowd is definately difficult to say the least. Being that only a company the size of Google can truely achieve this goal well. It's still suprising it took this long. I hope to see Google integrated into distros soon.
    Narg
  • So much for Yahoo Widgets on Linux

    Google beats Yahoo, yet again.

    Yahoo should have had a Linux version of its Widget Engine a long time ago. Now Google will have the first dibs at this market with it's desktop.

    The last (major) thing Yahoo can probably hold on to is its email. But even Google's web seems more modern and faster than Yahoo's (AJAX version). And chances are it won't grow as fast as Google or MS in this arena, either.

    Yahoo's desktop search sucked, too!

    Yahoo always seems to be too slow and too late.

    C'mon Yahoo get your act together!!
    fho
  • What are they thinking

    When you go to install this little gem you will notice that you have no control of the install, or know what's in the package.

    No thanks google, not till I know what's in there will it ever grace my desktop.
    johnson12
    • MMMmmmmmm good reasoning with the seasoning

      These thoughts are mirrored in my mind as Windows has become the same hidden, non control, software package. It's now become too big with too many holes, vices and crevices to hide, deceive and promote hackers, developers and Microsoft's own Bill of goods to warrant less than my full consideration. I've had to decline the offer, the product, the promotions and license terms and agreement when it comes to Vista. Anyone who choses not to read them, well, Merry Christmas as there are a lot of surprises coming your way.
      intrepi@...
  • Google is the way to go.

    You can't beat GMAIL or other Google products. The privacy concern has never been
    an issue. The Google text ads are relavent and I find them useful when I'm price
    shopping. I have over 7,000 saved emails in GMAIL and I'm only using 13%.
    Joe.Smetona
  • Didn't like it.

    Spotlight is more useful for Mac users.
    UbiquitousGeek
  • Wonderful, I thought,

    when I saw the headline, but as soon as I clicked on the link, I realised that as an [b]x86_64[/b] user, I had been shafted again. I can, of course, force the installation of the 32-bit version on my computer - as in the case of another great [b]Google[/b] app, [b]Picasa[/b] - but why can't native installations be made available to us who have gone over to 64-bit computing, which we are told is ?the future of desktop computing? ? Problems with downloads, problems with drivers - alas, they didn't tell us just [u]how[/u] far in the future that was !...

    Henri
    mhenriday
  • Beijing eh, well China has the muscle to change MS

    Let's face it folks, there is nobody, nothing, short of China who can put MS on it's knees. It has the ability and power to make MS a 2nd or 3rd rate software producer. Sounds off the wall nuts eh ?
    Well consider, China's government uses some form of linux, no brag,
    no boast, just as simple as rice in a dim sum dish. If China's government was of the mind to promote to it's leaders that software development was to be focused on the country's operating system, MS would become a 2nd or 3rd rate developer. The shear numbers of Chinese would make linux software the main focus in world demand for other hardware and PC related goods
    and services, number one, no pun intended. Korea, North Vietnam and others could bring a whole new spin on what's going on with computers, software, hardware and operating systems which have nothing what so ever to do with Windows. Hard to imagine well,
    the world being round and falling off was easier but not as realistic. I really have no idea if China or it's developer's have seen the light on the horizon but MS has a poor future if it does.
    intrepi@...