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I would like to use Google Desktop with ubuntu 12.04. I have seen (old)notices of Google Desktop being discontinued; can this be so?

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Google Desktop was discontinued September 2011, so the correct answer here is 'Google Desktop should no longer be used'. It is not receiving updates or security patches, so it isn't recommended to use it.

You need to find an alternative like KDE's Plasma widgets or Conky.

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Another nice alternative is Recoll (sudo apt-get install recoll). – Greg Marks Aug 23 '13 at 2:43

As Tom points out, there are security issues but if that's not a problem in your situation you can find the old google-desktop-linux package here. It will install on newer versions of Ubuntu.

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