occasional GNU-related news
One of the most interesting talks for me was “Web Search By The People, For The People” by Michael Christen on the YaCy distributed search engine. It’s a java application, and is self contained once you have a working java installation. Surprisingly it even runs well on my Eeepc 701.
While the results aren’t (yet) comparable with centralised search engines, they are a lot better than I expected–sometimes it seems like a few additional heuristics would get it really close. I recommend downloading it and trying it out.