6 of the Best Free Linux Desktop Search Engines
Desktop search is a software application which searches the
computer files, rather than searching the internet. The purpose of this
software is to enable the user to locate information on their computer.
Typically, this data includes emails, chat logs, documents, contact
lists, graphics files, as well as multimedia files including video and
Searching a hard disk can be painfully slow, especially
bearing in mind the large storage capacities of modern hard disks. To
ensure considerably better performance, desktop search engines build
and maintain an index database. Populating this database is a
system intensive activity. Consequently, desktop search
engines will carry out indexing when the computer is not being
One of the key benefits of this type of software is that it
allows the user to locate data stored on their hard disk almost
Such software performs in a similar way to Windows Search and
Spotlight in Mac OS X. Only five of the 6 applications
featured in this article are released under a freely distributable
license. Please note that whilst Google Desktop is free to download, it
is released under a proprietary license. Nevertheless, we did not feel
that we could omit this established search engine.
Now, let's explore the 6 desktop search engines at hand. For
each title we have compiled its own portal page, providing a screenshot
software in action, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its
features, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.
|Desktop Search Engines
||Search documents, chat logs, email and contact lists
search tool with full text search
||Semantic data storage
desktop search software
||Personal search and metasearch
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Last Updated Sunday, April 20 2014 @ 06:28 AM EDT