Beagle vs Tracker

Tracker is the new favorite indexed search engine for Gnome, while Beagle seems to have fallen behind in development speed lately. Especially after Ubuntu chose Tracker over Beagle, I think that was the final straw. I got to say that Tracker feels “lighter” than Beagle in usage, even if it’s not as sophisticated as Beagle yet in the kind of searches it does.

One thing that I don’t like on Tracker is that while I can use the up and down arrow keys to select different result items, I can’t use the left and right arrow keys to move between the results and category views…

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Michael Reed wrote on September 25th, 2007 at 6:38 AM PST:

I love instant search, as a feature, and this is first version of Beagle (installed from the package manager Kubuntu 7.04) that has been stable enough for day to day use.

I gave tracker a go and it seemed very fast and light, however, its indexing support for KDE file types was rather poor, so I had to revert to Beagle. Beagle uses a lot of resources, but I’ll have to stick with it until Tracker can support my IM, Email etc databases.

The KDE search front end is basic but pretty good. Amongst other things, it does support thumbnails in the search results which I regard as a useful feature.


Luis wrote on September 25th, 2007 at 10:58 AM PST:

I gave tracker a go and it seemed very fast and light, however, its indexing support for KDE file types was rather poor, so I had to revert to Beagle.

I don’t use instant search much, but in my KDE box I have Recoll just to test it and it does feel lighter than Beagle while doing a decent job. It has a QT interface and indexes Kmail emails and Kopete chats. It’s available in Ubuntu Gutsy.

By the way, I tried strigi which will be default in KDE4 (AFAIK) and it felt really “alphaish”. It crashed easily, couldn’t index many file types, had a poor interface… I doubt they can include in in the initial release of KDE 4.0.


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