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Google Releases GDS 2.0

Hemos posted about 9 years ago | from the transmorigying-data-services dept.

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FansofTech writes "Google (now $4bn richer) has released v2.0 of Google Desktop. Many new features are introduced including improved Outlook filtering, Gmail indexing, and the feature which is most likely to cause the largest stir...a new Sidebar which displays RSS feeds, a Gmail inbox, news, scratch pad and more. Plug-ins for the new Sidebar are also available including a to-do list, clock, and more. As one blogger pointed out this morning...the release of Google Desktop 2.0 is beginning to take shape as a browser in itself as the need for a Firefox or IE is almost eliminated."

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Am I the only one that (-1, Troll)

thammoud (193905) | about 9 years ago | (#13370664)

hates these desktop toolbars. I don't care whether it is google, yahoo or MS's piece of crap, these are very overhyped and underused programs. Desktop search. Kiss my ass.

Quite Sad (0, Offtopic)

Maagma (714192) | about 9 years ago | (#13370665)

You know, it's quite sad that we refer to these people called "bloggers". They're not a real form of nerd. More than 85% of them are just idiots with a $400 PC running on Windows ME.

FP? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370667)



monopoly? (1)

blahnameblahname (835947) | about 9 years ago | (#13370668)

they better not bundle their media player with it, people might think they are getting monopolistic.

New MS! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370669)

Google - Becoming the new Microsoft one day at a time :)

Server back up then (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370670)

was starting to get worried ;)

FP Nizzle (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370671)

FP Nizzle

Ha! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370672)

First post half an hour later! Heh.

Quiet in here (0, Offtopic)

DHarcom (166517) | about 9 years ago | (#13370673)

What, no stupid comments yet?

Browser, instant messanger... (1)

Chrontius (654879) | about 9 years ago | (#13370674)

Who wants to bet that the next release will contain a universal IM client, and the one after that will use a Google IM network?

BETA (1)

s2r (461076) | about 9 years ago | (#13370675)

Just in case, its Google Desktop 2 BETA.

we need to know... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370676)

But does it support OGG?

Google Desktop open-source (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370677)

Is the Google Desktop open-source at all? If so, I might actually want to try it out.

I'd hate to burst your bubble... (2, Interesting)

LegendOfLink (574790) | about 9 years ago | (#13370678)

as the need for a Firefox or IE is almost eliminated...

I'm not really sure who uses Google Desktop; I certainly don't. I had the last version for about a week, and then I got bored with it. This is true for about 90% of the things I find online. Plus, what Google is doing now is starting to be the same thing Microsoft has been doing for the last few years: trying to get their hands into everything.

It's only a matter of time and probable lawsuits before the geek community starts to have a little falling out over this love affair we all seem to have with Google.

*Year 2007: Commence with the pie'ing Paige and Brin jokes.

Quite sad. (-1, Redundant)

Maagma (714192) | about 9 years ago | (#13370679)

It's quite sad that we actually acknowledge these people as "bloggers" like it's a respected term. It's not a true form of nerd to be a blogger. More than 85% of them are people with a $300 eMachine running Windows ME. It's just sad.

bloat? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370680)

It looks there's a good deal more then desktop search in there..

Google Web Browser (1)

servo335 (853111) | about 9 years ago | (#13370681)

Maby throwing Google into the mix will finally kill IE!

So Google is making Windows irrelevant. (1)

crovira (10242) | about 9 years ago | (#13370682)

When the client is hosted on a Windows platform, it still a bad idea...

And most important of all (4, Informative)

Jarlsberg (643324) | about 9 years ago | (#13370685)

It finally supports indexing of files from network shares natively. :)

Offtopic... (-1, Offtopic)

Vo0k (760020) | about 9 years ago | (#13370686)

Where can I download WinNT4.0 (iso) from? Seriously. I need it.

Mods, feel free to mod down into oblivion AFTER it's answered.

Thin Client (1)

RodgerTheGreat (905510) | about 9 years ago | (#13370688)

So, does this indicate that Google is in fact moving into the realm of thin-clients? Sounds a bit like dashboard widgets to me.

Privacy Issues (4, Interesting)

AlexTheBeast (809587) | about 9 years ago | (#13370689)

I am not a huge privacy kind of guy, but google is getting a little crazy with what they save about you now.

They are now recording click-throughs on their search pages. [] Why do they need this information? It wasn't too long ago that links on went straight to the link... not back through the google servers...

Just remember to clean out your google desktop index history [] .

Is our privacy now worth more than free software?

(Tin-foil hat mode off)

Offtopic: layout problems (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370690)

For those having problem with the messed up layout:

Empty the browser cache

No XP64 (2, Informative)

NetJunkie (56134) | about 9 years ago | (#13370691)

It won't install on XP 64-bit edition.

Linux (2, Funny)

JonathanR (852748) | about 9 years ago | (#13370692)

Since it doesn't run on Linux, I'll still need IE for a while yet.

important? (-1)

gee308 (167706) | about 9 years ago | (#13370694)

I'm sure this is all important for "news for nerds"

Some questions (1)

Saiyine (689367) | about 9 years ago | (#13370695)

Have they improved the size of the database files?

Is it true that it stops to work while offline? Why?

And more important, is this my first First Post?

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fp (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370697)

Website down! You fail it!

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It's version 2... beta (1)

leonbloy (812294) | about 9 years ago | (#13370699)

mind you

in other news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370700)

/. introduces borked slashcode 0.1a

So.. Can I.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370701)

read slashdot from GDS ?

Bleh! (2, Informative)

Agret (752467) | about 9 years ago | (#13370702)

Google Desktop 2.0 is beginning to take shape as a browser in itself as the need for a Firefox or IE is almost eliminated.

Well it's a nice addition to the system but I don't think I'll replace Firefox with it. It'll take awhile for them to port extensions to the Google Desktop thing and even still it's not cross platform.

lol slashdot sucks (1)

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Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370704)

EAt shit tea bagging lunix using fags. Oh and Google sucks shit.

Jesus... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370706)

What's wrong with Slashdot today? You'd think they would be able to handle their own load by now.

Browser need eliminated? (1)

eibon (825176) | about 9 years ago | (#13370708)

I fail to see how this can eliminate the need for a browser. Don't the RSS news feed contain links to the whole story? And how do you access GMail without a browser?

ass lickers (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370709)

ass lickers! you are all a bunch of dirty ass lickers! all of you!

I tried finding them using the toolbar (1)

GAATTC (870216) | about 9 years ago | (#13370710)

But I can't seem to find any comments about this story

Google Desktop? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370711)

Didn't this use to be called 'Google Desktop Search' ? And now it's just 'Google Desktop'.

Wow! They're taking over with stealth! I like it.

porn plugin? (0, Troll)

liquidpele (663430) | about 9 years ago | (#13370712)

If there was streaming porn onto the sidebar, then yes, I would agree it replaces modern browsers.

Dashboard (2, Interesting)

sedyn (880034) | about 9 years ago | (#13370713)

Does the functionality of this program remind anyone else of dashboard for OSX?

Speaking of, widgets seem to be all the rage at the moment. Do they have any standards (other than program APIs), for say, the sake of portibility? Or would that be pointless?

I ask that because there seems to be a lot of duplication of functions (such as local weather) between various applications.

Not useful for me. (1)

Poromenos1 (830658) | about 9 years ago | (#13370716)

I find no use for this tool. I would like to try it because it looks nice, but I tried v.1 and I had nothing to search for. Really, if you keep stuff well organised in a few folders I don't think you'll ever need to search for anything.

This doesn't eliminate web browsers. (1)

jerw134 (409531) | about 9 years ago | (#13370717)

I don't know what the bloggers the submitter referred to are smoking. You still need a browser to get any information past the basic stuff you see on Google's sidebar.

Hmm, really? (4, Funny)

MaestroSartori (146297) | about 9 years ago | (#13370718)

"...the need for a Firefox or IE is almost eliminated..."

Other than that minor, troublesome web-browsing feature presumably? :) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370719)

I think Taco forgot to pay the electric bill.

Google Digital Assistant (4, Funny)

simp (25997) | about 9 years ago | (#13370720)

I want my GDA (Google Digital Assistant). Then I can wander around the world and if I have a question I can look it up in my GDA.
And it should look friendly and reassuring.

Something is still missing... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370721)

...a calendar...

No Linux version... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370723)

...from Google, the big, big Linux user.

Not true (2, Funny)

geekdreams (881813) | about 9 years ago | (#13370725)

Their browser will come bundled with their operating system.

Looks interesting (1)

s-meister (580465) | about 9 years ago | (#13370727)

but if it doesn't work in 98Lite or Linux then I'm not interested. And I'm not kidding. Sticking to NT-based Windows in a world of Macs, Tux's and legacy OS users is surprisingly short-sighted for Google.

Windows Only? (3, Informative)

byronne (47527) | about 9 years ago | (#13370728)

Since this sounds so intriguing I thought I'd take a quick look-see. Go to the downloads and what do I see? "Currently available for Windows computers only"

I hope some of their new-found wealth goes toward developing some of these nifty tools for other platforms (Fedora? BSD? MAC?)...

"Almost eliminated"? (1)

TigerTale (414169) | about 9 years ago | (#13370732)

the release of Google Desktop 2.0 is beginning to take shape as a browser in itself as the need for a Firefox or IE is almost eliminated."

What, exactly, does "almost eliminated" mean in this context?

boo (0, Troll)

theseeria (849566) | about 9 years ago | (#13370733)

boo .. atemmpt at first post

v.1.0 (1)

Cackmobile (182667) | about 9 years ago | (#13370734)

has anyone had any experience with version 1. this sounds like it could be ok.

Thunderbird mail! (4, Informative)

jfengel (409917) | about 9 years ago | (#13370735)

I've been waiting for it to index Thunderbird mail, because Thunderbird's search is pretty slow. It claims to do that now. Yay!

Let's see how long... (1)

MtViewGuy (197597) | about 9 years ago | (#13370736)

...Before Google does use the Gecko rendering engine developed by the Mozilla Foundation and turn GDS into a full-blown web browser. They are almost there doing one with GDS 2.0 anyway.

Michael Jackson (1)

trollapprentice (183409) | about 9 years ago | (#13370737)

That's what I said all along. Guilty!

fp. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370738)

First post suckers.

source? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370739)

"As one blogger pointed out this morning"

At least quote them!

Browser compatibility (1)

SunSaw (700981) | about 9 years ago | (#13370740)

But can it slice tomatoes so thin your inlaws will never come back?

plugins (1)

theseeria (849566) | about 9 years ago | (#13370741)

it seems to support plugins, that'll mean good things for the future... maybe someone will integrate a browser somehow ^_^

Maybe obvious.... (1, Interesting)

rwven (663186) | about 9 years ago | (#13370743)

Sounds (again) like Google is planning on getting into the browser/mail-client business. I think a new windows Shell developed by Google would be a nice hit too...but i wouldnt put too much hope in that idea coming through...

figures... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370744)

I was just about to post my first +5 insightfull comment and then everything went like, beep beep, and I was like, omg! gag me with a spoon...

for sure...

I for one... (1)

Alphathree (634628) | about 9 years ago | (#13370745)

I for one welcome our new floating sidebar overlords...

Windows only (1)

at2000 (715252) | about 9 years ago | (#13370746)

Google Desktop 2.0 is still Windows only. So how can I use it?

Cool, but... (1, Troll)

HerculesMO (693085) | about 9 years ago | (#13370750)

In a time when the Open Source community and movement as a whole are gathering steam, I find it counterproductive for Google to release another competing browser. Firefox being open source, and being pretty darned good, is probably the best opponent to the dominance of IE. Google would be better supporting an ongoing OSS movement like the one Firefox has created in a short span of time. The brainpower of Google and their ability to create applications that are simple yet advanced would lend itself greatly to Firefox.

I'm not hoping to see Firefox replaced by a , nor am I hoping to see IE replaced by it. By leveraging Firefox as a whole, they challenge .NET, they challenge Windows as a 'necessity', and they make room for web applications that work wonderfully using the newly formed AJAX along with other existing technologies, and ones yet to be created.

The "Do No Evil" philosphy would lend itself very well here.

proxy problems (1)

degraeve (780907) | about 9 years ago | (#13370752)

I installed the deskbar 2.0 this morning and couldn't find a way to get through our proxy. Anyone figure this out yet?

From Google... (1)

GTRacer (234395) | about 9 years ago | (#13370753)

Did you mean Transmogrifier [] ?

Google to the rescue, on a Google story...recursion imminent...

- Hobbes rocks

Erster Pfosten... (1)

FrankNFurter (89904) | about 9 years ago | (#13370754)

... after /. came back onto its feet.

And ontopic: The new GDS reminds me very much of the sidebar in earlier Longhorn/Windows Vista alphas.

O(1)th Post ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370755)

All your Desktop are belong to... err... forget
Imagine a beowulf cluster of desktops... no...
In Soviet Russia, the desktop Googles YOU! Nah...
Nothing to say here, please move myself along ^^;

All your... (1)

scovetta (632629) | about 9 years ago | (#13370756)

"All your indexable information are belong to us"

heh (1)

mattcurrie (192138) | about 9 years ago | (#13370757)

wasn't longtimehorn supposed to have some sort of sidebar like this... looks like once again google is doing what microsoft couldn't

oh my god (1)

marchetta (875167) | about 9 years ago | (#13370758)

GDS 2.0 is fantastic you did a good job google yeah :D

windows only? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370759)

will this be released for MacOS X or any flavor of linux? it'd be useful, and I'm sure with google's programming talent, it would be done right.

Google - windows only? (5, Insightful)

yitzhak (720512) | about 9 years ago | (#13370760)

It seems that as Google encourages developers to write windows-only plugins, and GDS comes to rely on third-party plugins for functionality, it'll become that much more difficult to ever see GDS on OS X or linux. Of course, OS X has Spotlight, but it looks like Google is gunning for more than just desktop search, and instead providing a platform that ties Google services and the Desktop together. (Those looking for a GoogleOS - this is probably the closest we're going to get.)

If Yahoo! gets serious with Konfabulator, it could provide a similar service, but in a cross-platform manner. Likely? Perhaps not. But Yahoo! seems to be shaking it's past history of Windows-only support and moving towards platform independence, while Google is bringing out more and more Windows-only products (GDS, Accelerator, Earth). Just another reason that Google seems to be losing geek mindshare while Yahoo! is gaining it. Just look at the rising number of comments on slashdot that are questioning Google's benevolence, or supporting Yahoo!'s newfound drive to openness - flawed though slashdot may be, the comments give you a good barometer for the geek world.

Could they... (1)

MaestroSartori (146297) | about 9 years ago | (#13370761)

...write a "fix Slashdot's broken posting?" sidebar as well? :)

transmorigying? (1)

BandwidthHog (257320) | about 9 years ago | (#13370762)

Did you mean Transmogrifying? []

Browser (1)

EagleScout799 (785430) | about 9 years ago | (#13370763)

Does the new desktop search panel handle the RSS streams itself, or does it use a browser as the backend? If the panel does rely on a browser, then it's not eliminating the need for Firefox/Opera/IE; it's just cutting back on the amount of facetime those browsers get in their pure, uncut form.

First Post (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370764)

And no need for no google desktop!

Uh oh.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370765)

Let the conspiracy theories begun.

Beagle! (1)

jamesshuang (598784) | about 9 years ago | (#13370766)

Eh... If beagle wasn't mono, it would be better! :-D

Frist Porst (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370767)

FIRST POST ON A google Article.~!!

are comments working? (1)

bhouston (788429) | about 9 years ago | (#13370770)

It's been posted for 40 minutes and no comments. Something has to be wrong.

Google Desktop vs Apple Spotlight/Dashboard (0, Offtopic)

shaka (13165) | about 9 years ago | (#13370772)

I know the comparison may not be entirely fair, as it's not exactly the same thing, but looking at the screenshots of Google Desktop and reading about it, I can't help thinking of Apple's Dashboard. And the feeling I get is that Google is looking PC/Windowsish and dull, while Dashboard looks Applish and smart.

On the other hand, I'm not that big a fan of Dashboard either, but seriously that Sidebar doesn't really look thought-out and well-designed...

fr1st p0st (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370774)

Y aca se supone que digo algo mas cinco funny.

first post (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370775)

wow?! with all the server errors /. is having i might get first post

GoogleFutureTM (1)

LordSnooty (853791) | about 9 years ago | (#13370778)

beginning to take shape as a browser in itself as the need for a Firefox or IE is almost eliminated

Cor, this'll be the Google-enabled future that everyone's talking about! Sounds great!

I used IE back in the day because netscape & the rest were unwieldy. Then IE became difficult, so I switched to Mozilla. Then to Firefox, after Mozilla became clunky. This is almost perfect. So it would take something pretty damn special by Google to make me change. And searching a fem e-mails ain't it.

First Post - Offtopic (1)

Peteresch (136753) | about 9 years ago | (#13370780)

What happened to the site? There seems to be some technical difficulties. I am getting 404 pages and internal server errors.

Problem here? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370783)

No one wants to reply to a Google story? Not even trolls? It's been almost an hour since story was posted on frontpage. Is Slashdot broken?

Search more than 1 notes database.. (2, Interesting)

Destoo (530123) | about 9 years ago | (#13370784)

I want to be able to search more than one lotus notes Databases, if that's not too much to ask.

The plugin we have will only search one, usually the mail file..
I'd like it to search my 5 archive files also.

Thank you.

Oh, dear... (1)

solomonrex (848655) | about 9 years ago | (#13370786)

Did Google really release an IM client without messaging built-in?

first? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370787)



Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370788)

Google is $4 billion richer right ?...then let it advertise for it's 'Google Desktop', the latest and greatest cool thing to have hit the world of software. Wait a minute, isn't it just another desktop software application, like the thousands (if not millions) of apps out there ? Will Slashdot advertise them as well ? You seem to be on Google's payrolls.

Oh yeah I get it, this latest Google software must be open source, like all other Google products....hmm.....NO, then why ...oh you keep posting non-news, non-stuff-that-matters as Slashdot stories ??

Slashdot editors, please, I love Slashdot and kinda like Google, but all your Google stories are making me hate both of you, so much so that I haven't responded to a Google interview call as yet !

pie (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370791)


elmer fudd (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370792)


eso perra (1)

brenddie (897982) | about 9 years ago | (#13370795)

is it open source?

Groupwise (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13370796)

Does anyone know if this can quickly search through Groupwise documents?

The Wrong Direction (4, Insightful)

eno2001 (527078) | about 9 years ago | (#13370797)

I love Google and all of the really cool things they've come up with. I love the fact that they've been able to make such intricate web applications and use very little bandwidth to present users with decent interfaces. But, I think the Google Desktop might be the wrong direction with it's toolbar. Part of the problem that I see with it is that it presents information to the user by default. This is a BAD thing. Users don't typically want or care for information unless they are interested in it right at the moment. By presenting it to them automatically, you make it invisible. Since they see it often enough to annoy them, they wind up ignoring (then worse) and forgetting that it's there.

If you think about it, how many times do you know users who actually use the clock that is displayed on their task bar? I've seen many people at various places I've worked, completely ignore their own PC and look at the clock on the wall. Or, they might even ask someone, "do you know what time it is"? when it's right there in front of them. It's not that they're stupid or that they don't understand what that clock does. It's that they've been OVEREXPOSED to it. This holds true for weather, and headlines as well. Rather than bombarding the user with information, let it agreggate the info in a hidden area with constant updates. Then (much like the Dashboard in Mac OS X) using a special key combo, function key or maybe a clickable area, present the information as a translucent area over the existing desktop. This will then force the user to focus on the new information without being able to interact or be distracted by what is now backgrounded.

My other concern is that by Google designing a full application that rests on top of Windows, they are putting themselves in two unenviable positions:

1. Due to the various interactions between programs from multiple vendors, they may get blamed for system instability if there is a negative interaction with another app that a user has installed. Where I work there is an app that users love that shifts their desktop background randomly and puts a "neat" calendar on their desktop. However, it's blamed for instability frequently. Maybe it is unstable, or maybe it's interacting poorly with another app. Who knows? But that's the problem with utilities that run in the background vs. apps that the user is focused on 100% when running.

2. Microsoft, since they percieve Google to be a threat are very likely going to make this Dekstop thing break. It's happened many times before and you know it will happen again. This tried and true Microsoft Tactic(tm) could result in extra work for the Google programmers who wrote this app.

Finally, they'd be better off designing a replacement shell for Windows if they really want to have a "Google Desktop". They would still be at the mercy of item two above, but item one would apply less since the Google Desktop would now be the shell that the user interacts with all the time. If it's well written, the user should only notice the benefits of an alternative shell to Microsoft's Explorer shell (which is pretty ugly and clunky). If they did this, they might be able to port to other OSes and possibly provide an avenue for people to exit the Windows fold and go with a GNU/Linux/Google Desktop distribution.
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