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Google Desktop Released For Linux

Barry Schwartz reports that Google has released the first Linux version of Google Desktop, which will run on Debian 4.0, Fedora Core 6, Ubuntu 6.10, SUSE 10.1, and Red Flag 5 and was developed by Google’s Beijing engineers.

The Linux version does not contain the Google Sidebar and Google Gadget support, and is in fact nearly identical to the Mac version, not the PC version. It indexes your hard drive and lets you search it instantly in your browser, has a Quick Search box that pops up if you tap CTRL twice, indexes Gmail and Web History, and caches old file versions.

June 27th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | General | 3 comments

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  1. This is good news, but not quite there yet. (Based on my needs). I can’t wait till they release the sidebar and widgets component of the application. Beagle does a pretty good job of indexing and searching your contents in linux, so Google’s own search offering will be met with mixed reactions. But perhaps the more important thing to consider here is the trend that is happening in terms of Google’s commitment to the (linux) platform. Google’s desktop apps are one of the best free apps you could get, and it’s nice that they’re starting to come to linux now.

    Comment by GT STaff | June 28, 2007

  2. This is GENIUS. I could complain about it not supporting Konqueror, KDE’s web browser… But the truth is - this may even make me switch to Firefox. Me, the avid Firefox hater. (Of course, on Windows I’ll simply use Internet Explorer.)

    I just wonder, though… Are the Windows and Linux indexes compatible? I’d love to just move my index file over to my Linux partition. It’d be GENIUS^2.

    I’ve seen people hint that Desktop for Linux also supports KDE, although it doesn’t actually support the KDE applications. I’m so glad they finally did this! Thank you, Google Beijing!

    (Evil, evil joke: will it index my Falun Gong documents? =P)

    Comment by Tim | June 28, 2007

  3. Quick review: it works beautifully on my Kubuntu! I had to reinstall the Desktop after installing Firefox, but then it even indexed web pages. Omissions: Konqueror support, timeline functionality. I hope they’re going to add the timeline, I love it in the Windows version. Either way, I’m very satisfied with it. Other people have complained about it not supporting 64-bit architectures and Microsoft’s Office file formats (but it does support OpenOffice!)

    It’s amazing, really! Google just improved Linux!

    (Nathan, you might want to look into expanding your RSS feed, I’m subscribed, but because your feed only appears to contain 10 entries, this news story never even entered my downloaded feed items, probably because it was already pushed out of the feed by the time I updated!)

    Comment by Tim | June 29, 2007

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