But even tracker doesn’t appear to have quite the lustre it did two years ago. I’m pretty sure when I re-installed Fedora when I went 64-bit that it didn’t have tracker installed. I’m pretty sure when I checked yesterday it wasn’t installed.
I’ve been using KDE all week and I saw that NEPOMUK kept indexing my new music files when I bought music. It was using strigi-libs, but strigi itself wasn’t installed. It was also pretty much only scanning my music directory by default. (there were some others, but I didn’t pay attention) I told it scan my entire home directory. Then I installed strigi. The gui is pretty ugly compared to anything I’ve ever used for tracker. And it didn’t seem to know anything about any of my files. Dolphin used NEPOMUK to quickly find some audio-files but I couldn’t think of a test that would check that it was getting metadata rather than filenames since all the metadata is in my filenames. Well, later on I was able to confirm that it is searching inside of files. But it does’t seem to see everything just yet.
So why isn’t search going anywhere? Was desktop search over-hyped? I remember being told that within a few years no one would care about folders because you’d be able to instantaneously find it. And it wouldn’t matter if it was called 98q2iohnasioi8h.jpg because the search tool would read into the metadata and find that it was your cousin Earl. But it doesn’t really seem to be happening. And that really sucks because I know when I was using beagle I found it to be incredibly useful.