Indexed search systems help you find your files faster and easier. They keep an index of the files on your computer and don't search the files themselves but look up the search phrase / meta data in their database. Ubuntu offers different choices for an indexed search system.
(An example for a proprietary indexed search system is Spotlight on OS X)
Possible candidates on Ubuntu Linux are: tracker (Gnome), beagle, strigi (KDE) or pinot.
installed by default
System → Preferences → Search and Indexing
→ Enable Indexing: YES
→ Enable Watching: YES
- Applet for gnome to search using any backend (beagle, tracker, pinot)
- Installed by default on Gnome (Ubuntu)
- To add it to your Gnome panel: right click on gnome panel + Add to Panel → Deskbar → Add
- Additional plugins: http://live.gnome.org/DeskbarApplet/Extending
- to use google search:
sudo aptitude install python-simplejson
- to install LEO Dict Search: http://daviddraco.blogsome.com/leo-dictionary-for-deskbar-applet put
Beagle is heavyweight!