Google desktop for Linux

By   |  June 28, 2007

Google yesterday released the Google Desktop for Linux in its first beta version. The application allows one to search for text inside documents, local email messages and the Web history.

As a beta, this version does not yet feature the sidebar and gadgets, offered on the existing OS X and Windows versions.

A Google spokesperson said that the majority of their efforts were focused on the desktop searching for this release, but that the sidebar and gadgets will probably be added in the future.

Posting on the Google Desktop blog, Kan Liu Google product manager said: "Developed primarily out of our Beijing office, it includes almost all the features from the first Windows version of Google Desktop Search plus the Quick Search Box, so you can quickly search through all your files, emails, web history, and more. Just hit ‘Ctrl’ twice to bring up the Quick Search Box and start finding your stuff!"

Officially Google Desktop is supported on Debian 4.0, Fedora Core 6, Ubuntu 6.10, SUSE 10.1, and Red Flag 5. But as Desktop Linux reported, it should work on any modern Linux that has glibc 2.3.2+ and gtk+ 2.2.0+ installed, citing the example of it working on MEPIS 6.5, even though Google does not mention compatibility with that distribution.

Available as both an RPM and a DEB distribution package, it can be downloaded here.

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