New GNOME Does Search Right

Posted by salparadise on Apr 17, 2006 11:00 AM EDT
eWEEK Linux; By Jason Brooks
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Review: GNOME Version 2.14 adds compelling refinements to the Linux desktop, including desktop search.
For years now, the Linux and open-source desktop has had the benefit of multiple software projects pushing forward to create nicer-looking, more useful environments. One of the most prominent of those projects, GNOME, recently underwent one of its twice-yearly updates, and the result is a compelling set of refinements.

The newest version of GNOME, 2.14, now graces the desktop of Red Hat's Fedora Core 5 and other shipping and soon-to-arrive Linux distributions.

One of the most significant improvements to GNOME is a very good desktop search function. As of late, desktop search has been a big focus of Microsoft Windows and Apple Computer Mac OS X developers.

eWEEK Labs is happy to see that the Linux desktop can now boast improved search functionality as well—in the form of Beagle, a desktop application that enabled us in tests to search through all the files in our home directory, as well as through our Novell Evolution and KMail e-mail messages, contacts, notes, RSS feeds and browser search history.

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