June 27, 2007 5:00 PM PDT

Google Desktop goes Linux

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Google was set to launch late on Wednesday a beta version of Google Desktop search for Linux in a sign of encouragement by the search giant for Linux on the desktop.

Google Desktop allows people to search the Web while also searching the full text of all the information on their computer, including Gmail and their Web search history. Because the index is stored locally on the computer, users can access Gmail and Web history while offline.

Google Desktop for Linux was written natively and uses Google's own desktop search algorithms, not existing Linux search applications such as Beagle, a company representative said. Only computers with x86 processors can use the software. It supports the Debian 4.0, Fedora Core 6, Ubuntu 6.10, Novell Suse 10.1 and Red Hat 5 versions of Linux, and uses either the KDE and GNOME graphical user interfaces.

Although Google has released other projects as open-source software, where it can be freely modified and redistributed by anyone, Google Desktop for Linux is proprietary. The software was developed by Google's Beijing engineering team and is available in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese.

Google also offers Linux versions of its Picasa photo-editing software, as well as Google Earth and Google Toolbar for Firefox.

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'Bout time! Thanks G-Men.
Ubuntu anyone?
<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.ubuntu.com" target="_newWindow">http://www.ubuntu.com</a>
Posted by anarchyreigns (299 comments )
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about time they make google earth native and not have wine binaries included. Promote Linux by natives not by emulation.
Posted by chrisfrary (115 comments )
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WINE Is Not Emulation
Posted by rent-a-cluster (1 comment )
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It is native
You're mistaken, Google Earth is a native Linux app developed using Qt libraries. Picasa is the program that uses WINE to make it run on Linux.

And yes, I agree completely, apps should not be ported using WINE, but wrote as native applications instead.
Posted by jsmith1785 (30 comments )
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Crapware is entering where it ought not!
Posted by Ted Miller (305 comments )
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No thanks
I prefer to keep spyware where it belongs: on windows!
Posted by qwerty75 (1164 comments )
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Instead of saying 'only users with x86 processors', you should say 'users witb x86 compatible processors'. An AMD Opteron processor is not an x86 processor, but it will run x86 code.

If you have an AMD 64-bit processor, you must run a 32-bit x86 compatible browser in order to view Flash or Java content. And it works great!
Posted by frantaylor (22 comments )
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Correction, to you! An Opteron is absolutely an x86 prosessor.
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