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From Otis Gospodnetic <>
Subject Re: arguments in favour of lucene over commercial competition
Date Wed, 23 Jun 2010 20:49:17 GMT
Lucene/Solr choice typically means:

* lower cost of ownership (think about various crazy licensing models some of the commercial
search vendors have: per doc, per server, per query, per year....)

* faster implementation (just think about the duration of the sales/negotiation phase for
commercial search vendors)

* flexibility -- it's open source, you can change whatever you want.  Try that with closed-source
commercial search vendor's package.

* super fast and knowledgeable community  -- see

* commercial support and experts still available -- see

* adoption - small companies, medium companies, HUGE companies, secret organizations, everyone's
using some form of Lucene -- see ,

* maturity - Lucene is over 10 years old.  Solr is over 4 years old.

* future - look at JIRA, look at mailing list traffic, look at pace of development, look at

* searchable documentation and mailing list archives  --

* ...

Sematext :: :: Solr - Lucene - Nutch
Lucene ecosystem search ::

----- Original Message ----
> From: jm <>
> To:
> Sent: Wed, June 23, 2010 4:01:05 AM
> Subject: arguments in favour of lucene over commercial competition
> Hi,

I am trying to compile some arguments in favour of lucene 
> as
management is deciding weather to standardize on lucene or a 
> competing
commercial product (we have a couple of produc, one using 
> lucene,
another using commercial product, imagine what am i using). I 
> searched
the lists but could not find any post, although I remember seeing 
> such
posts in the past.

Does somebody kept such posts linked or 
> something? Or does someone
know of some page that would help me?

> would like to show:
- traction of lucene, really improving a lot last couple 
> of years
- rich ecosystem (solr...)
- references of other companies 
> choosing lucene/solr over commercial
(be it Fast or 
> whatever)


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