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Add Recoll as default desktop search application

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Description

As Beagle is no longer actively maintained nor included in the standard repositories openSuse no longer provides a default desktop search application. Recoll would be a desirable replacement Reasons for inclusion:

- actively developed

- open source

- QT based gui (though thought of as a KDE app it is QT)

- Gui has a a list and a table mode (and kio and kreunner for KDE4)

- indexing can be real time or manually initiated

- light on cpu usage

- well reviewed (see review links below)

- many formats indexed

Issues (noobie mostly) expressed in the forum here http://forums.opensuse.org/english/get-technical-help-here/applications/455227-what-recommended-desktop-search-opensuse-11-4-after-beagle-gone-2.html#post2302963 and responded to by the develorer here http://forums.opensuse.org/english/get-technical-help-here/applications/455227-what-recommended-desktop-search-opensuse-11-4-after-beagle-gone-3.html and here http://forums.opensuse.org/english/get-technical-help-here/applications/455227-what-recommended-desktop-search-opensuse-11-4-after-beagle-gone-4.html#post2304329

Issues raised:

- real time indexing is not automatically enabled

- there is some set up for all indexible file types to be enabled

Note: Appears to me that if the dev does a little regarding initial install options and the required ancillary packages are moved from contrib and KDE extra to the main repo it would be ready to go

Linux desktop search reviews (recent and focusing on Recoll):

http://www.techradar.com/news/software/applications/6-of-the-best-desktop-search-tools-for-linux-666158?artc_pg=7

http://tuxradar.com/content/best-linux-desktop-search-tools

http://www.wikinfo.org/index.php/Comparison_of_desktop_search_software

http://richfriedeman.com/2010/02/choosing-an-open-source-desktop-search-tool-part-3/

User benefit:

Because desktop search is useful and expected by many users and as of 11.4 openSuse does not provide a default application to provide this functionality for all desktop environments provided.

Discussion


icons/user_comment.png J. A. wrote: (3 years ago)

It's astonishing that openSUSE 11.3 would be released without an installed default Desktop Search facility; how odd is that?
I endorse this Feature fully. I've tested Recoll in 11.4 -- it's great. I ran a comparison between Recoll and Google Desktop, Recoll wins IMHO. We need it now that Beagle is gone.

icons/user_comment.png J. A. wrote: (3 years ago)

Opps -- of course, I meant 11.4.

icons/user_comment.png R. W. wrote: (3 years ago)

Did you ever indicated the two issues mentioned (about the startup config) to the developer ? If not, then I will follow up with the developer as that I am the one packaging Recoll.

I have indicated this request to the KDE team to see if we can included it in the default repo. However from a KDE perspective it might be difficult as that the default search client for the KDE desktop is strigi. However I agree with you that strigi is still far away from where Recoll is at the moment.

icons/user_comment.png J. A. wrote: (3 years ago)

Thanks for the interest/communications.

The developer had a dialog with us about the issuse (
see this link ) user dockes post 24 & 33 and is actioning the two issues.

Whether Recoll is included by KDE Team is for you to negotiate and I wish you good luck -- but if the response from KDE Team is "no" then what about packman?

I agree Recoll leaves strigi behind ATM, it's so fortuitous that it's here right when we really need it.

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