Desktop Search using open source swish?

This is old news, but one of my colleagues asked me if I knew about an open source search engine she could use for her knowledge management course. Here’s the answer:

This made me wonder why I haven’t thought about using Swish-E, for example, to build some sort of cross-platform Google Desktop? Haven’t the KDE Kat people thought about using Swish-E. What’s wrong with Swish-E? Couldn’t it index my files as a background task? I know Google uses a compressed index, while Swish-E probably doesn’t. But this is a small issue?

Anybody knows? Anybody is willing to look at Swish-E for Desktop searching?

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Daniel Lemire

A computer science professor at the Université du Québec (TELUQ).

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