The August issue of Linux
Format has an article showing how all the the
most-anticipated features of Windows Vista are available today, on
Linux. Although Microsoft touts these as “innovations,” they
are not new, or at least won’t be new by the time Vista is actually on
One of these features is Instant
Search. It indexes everything on your hard drive,
so you can find anything quickly.
The comparable Linux tool is Beagle. It not only reads and
indexes the contents of text files, but it reads the contents of PDF
files, tags embedded in photos and mp3’s, etc.
What I’ve found to be an especially neat feature, is the Firefox
plug-in. It scans the pages you read while browsing the
Internet, and adds that to the index. Want to find a page
that you’ve seen, but did not bookmark? Beagle will find it,
if you can remember a few distinctive keywords.
screen capture shows it in action, having found not only the
from my most recent post, but also the web pages that I used as
reference material for the post.