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From "Kevin A. Burton" <>
Subject Mozilla Desktop Search
Date Sun, 14 Nov 2004 06:56:41 GMT

> The Mozilla foundation may be considering a desktop search 
> implementation 
> <,10801,97396,00.html?f=x10>

> :
>     Having launched the much-awaited Version 1.0 of the Firefox
>     browser yesterday (see story), The Mozilla Foundation is busy
>     planning enhancements to the open-source product, including the
>     possibility of integrating it with a variety of desktop search
>     tools. The Mozilla Foundation also wants to place Firefox in PCs
>     through reseller deals with PC hardware vendors and continue to
>     sharpen the product's pop-up ad-blocking technology. 
> I'm not sure this is a good idea. Maybe it is though. The technology 
> just isn't there for cross platform search.
> I'd have to suggest using Lucene but using GCJ for a native compile 
> into XPCOM components but I'm not sure if GCJ is up to the job here. 
> If this approach is possible then I'd be very excited.
> One advantage to this approach is that an HTTP server wouldn't be 
> necessary since you're already within the brower.
> Good for everyone involved. No bloated Tomcat causing problem and 
> blazingly fast access within the browser. Also since TCP isn't 
> involved you could gracefully fail when the search service isn't 
> running; you could just start it.

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