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DIY search engine takes on Google

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DIY search engine takes on Google

[quote=BBC news]Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search sites have a new rival called YaCy.
Backed by free software activists, YaCy aims to literally put search into the hands of users by distributing its indexing engine around the net.
Anyone can download the YaCy software and help the search system improve and spread the load of queries.
Its creators also hope YaCy will be much harder to censor than existing systems that pipe queries through centralised servers.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-15935550

It looks like an excellent idea, and good luck to them - this exactly what open source projects should be about.
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alanf
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Re: DIY search engine takes on Google

Linux Mint 12 defaults to DuckDuckGo.
http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=1884
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Re: DIY search engine takes on Google

sounds a bit quackers, that...... Roll eyes
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Re: DIY search engine takes on Google

Just been trying out "DuckDuckGo" and it looks pretty good, and gives a good range of results.
I like the !bangs concept - that works well.
I can't quite find how to do the equivalent of Google's "Shopping" and then "Sort: Low to High" and get relevant UK results.
I have set "DuckDuckGo" Region=UK, but still get foreign results when using the "Search Ideas" links.
I will persist and see if I can figure it out !
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Re: DIY search engine takes on Google

It's interesting... but as it's p2p I suspect it will get blocked by a lot of corporate networks.
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Ellis
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Re: DIY search engine takes on Google

Quote from: purleigh
[quote=BBC news]Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search sites have a new rival called YaCy.
Backed by free software activists, YaCy aims to literally put search into the hands of users by distributing its indexing engine around the net.
Anyone can download the YaCy software and help the search system improve and spread the load of queries.
Its creators also hope YaCy will be much harder to censor than existing systems that pipe queries through centralised servers.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-15935550

It looks like an excellent idea, and good luck to them - this exactly what open source projects should be about.
I tried this by putting in my name (easily found by Google), but only two very obscure links came up, neither referred to my website.
I then entered the name of a famous National Geographic Magazine photographer with the same surname, no reference to that website.
I don't think it is viable yet.
MrT
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Re: DIY search engine takes on Google

How much of your 10GB allowance would this use?  Undecided
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@Ellis - do you get better results from http://duckduckgo.com/  ?
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Just been trying YaCy. Incredibly slooooowwwwww, and impossible to uninstall unless you do some research, because when you try, it just keeps telling you it's running.
You have to do a clean reinstall over the top of itself, then right-click on the YaCy task bar icon, bottom rhs, click on "stop yaci", then go to the Start Menu and do an uninstall from there. Never seen a program that wants you to reinstall it before uninstalling. The program is designed to run every time Windows starts (but there's nothing in the Start Menu or Task Manager). Looks to me as though reinstalling unlinks it from whatever browser you have been using, otherwise it just hangs on, and on, and.....
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I tried  http://duckduckgo.com/ ; with a straight forward DOI  10.1034/j.1600-0706.2000.910119.x found it first try, 1 hit,  no alternatives, very quick, am impressed.
Don't think I'll be converted as I use Google Scholar a lot, but its a useful tool to have Wink
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DuckDuckgo pulls in data from " Bing " No ta