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Just as the title says I'm searching for a great desktop search engine with nice Unity integration. Beagle used to be cool but for some reason it has been discontinued so it is out of the question. Finally the recommended app must be very fast when rendering search results

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Recoll is probably the most versatile at the moment. But the GUI is really not nice. If you have some skills, I think the developer would be happy for any help.

Tracker is an alternative, but it looks like there are no recent updates.

DocFetcher seems to be good as well, nicer GUI. But it is only for documents, not pictures, music, mails, ...

As of September 14 2011, Google Desktop is no longer available for download, and existing installations will not be updated to include new features or fixes. Why that?

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you could try google desktop

i've used it before unity and it worked very well, i'm on kde at this stage so no idea about it's unity integration

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the link gives a 404 error... –  fossfreedom Aug 12 '11 at 15:18
    
Well I trust Google with my data more than any other company so I'll go with your answer lol... –  Mysterio Aug 12 '11 at 15:36
    
@richard i do mention that i don't know in my post –  Dirk Hartzer Waldeck Aug 16 '11 at 7:40

Tracker is probably the best bet, will work with your regular "Search for files" application.

I would also recommend looking at Recoll. Although it is ugly and Qt based ( these two things aren't related ) it uses the awesome Xapian search engine on the backend. It is a bit of a hassle to set it up and get it to index regularly but depending on your needs may be a good fit.

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I'll definitely try Tracker and report. Thanks for the fast response –  Mysterio Aug 12 '11 at 15:37

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