Predrag Ivanovic on Fri, 28 Sep 2007 01:41:55 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> search engines on the move

On Sat, 22 Sep 2007 12:18:36 -0700 (PDT)
Morlock Elloi wrote:

> The solution is, naturally, a cooperative distributed P2P-based open source
> search engine, without central server, where each user contributes to both
> spidering and querying of the index. No single choke point. Unfortunately,
> such engine does not exist. It is a multimillion development and maintenance
> effort.

Actually, there are a few beta/prototype projects:

YaCy (, Java based (so it is
multiplatform), GPL licensed( so it is free). "YaCy consists mainly of
four parts: a web crawler, an indexer, a built-in database engine and
the p2p index exchange protocol, based on http. The YaCy search engine
can be accessed through the built-in http server. All parts of this
architecture are included in the YaCy distribution."

Faroo (, currently in invite-only beta
stage. OpenBusiness model is interesting[1]: "Users contributing
to Infrastructure/Users using product for free Company sells
Advertising/Company shares revenues" Revenue is shared based on number
of queries users peers answer...or something.


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 to buy endangered species and eat those.
                      - Stuart the Nice

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