September 28, 2010

Googlubuntu Aims To Make Your Linux Mint / (K)Ubuntu Searches More Relevant

Thanks to a tip from a friend, and the newly redesigned (and much maligned) Digg, a really handy, highly customized search engine was recently brought to our attention named Googlubuntu. How did we miss it? What Googlubuntu is, as you might guess, is a specialized search engine that pries through relevant 'buntu domains in order to help you get your 'buntu-fied answers faster - and presumably to weed out the nonsense stuff. Googlubuntu started out

"in jest to (Ubuntu's) new release"
...referring back to a Ubuntu release back at the end of 2007. However, the engineer behind this little gem, Alrond, decided later that he would add even more resources to the search. So added to the mix were the following additional information sources:
  • launchpad.net
  • edubuntu.org
  • ubuntuguide.org
  • kubuntu.com
  • kubuntuforums.net
  • ubuntuforums.org
  • ubuntu.com
  • kubuntu google groups
  • ubuntulinux google groups
  • getdeb.net
Googlubuntu is described by the author as
"Google + Ubuntu = Googlubuntu. Search engine based on google for linux users. Ubuntu and Google together"

Pretty clever, really. To see a sample of Googlubuntu in action, I tried the following experiment: I searched for Granatier, A KDE Games favorite of mine using Googlbuntu and then in the stock google.com search.


Here are the results, first with the stock Google Search:
Here you can see the stock search results. Good stuff, but not much here that would be relevant to a question or issue regarding Granatier in Linux Mint KDE or Kubuntu
And here are the results using Googlubuntu:



So as you can see, we have different outcomes depending on the engine used. And this we would expect. I would think Googlubuntu would come in handy in many situations where we really want answers narrowed down to relevance  specific to (K)Ubuntu, and, by default, Linux Mint and Mint KDE. Want to give it a try? Just click the picture here. 


There is also a custom search for Firefox.

If it's such a good idea, then why not make one for Linux Mint KDE?

I'll be honest - I'm no programmer. but I couldn't help but think how handy it would be to add some Mint and KDE goodness to the mix. Something called....GooglMintKDE!? If I could, I would love to see or use a custom search like this that would also search the Linux Mint KDE Forums, as well as the main KDE sites (Planet, Userbase, Forums, bugs, The Dot, etc). I wonder if this is doable...

Then again, perhaps it would be overkill. What do you think? Would a custom search, slightly more Kubuntu and Linux Mint KDE-friendly be a tool you might use a lot? Or ever? My suspicion is that many of us would use it quite regularly.