On Monday, September 19, 2011 04:50:58 AM Richard Brown wrote:
Along the same vein as the decision to include Shotwell by default,I would like to propose the removal of Tracker from the default GNOME installation pattern in 12.1
How about not assuming that people want, or don't want indexing, but asking them (for a change)?
Small paragraph explaining that indexing is disabled, then advantages and disadvantages of using indexing. Print it out when user access function that uses indexer. I can bet that our users running average to low power machines, with CPU or/and IO as bottlenecks, will appreciate being considerate and asking instead of pushing.
It is just that average desktop computer has only one hard disk, so having tracker indexing in one sector and user asking for data few sectors farther, will be noticeable slowdown in some configurations, specially those that include older computers which is my humble where new Linux users try "that Linux" to see what it is.
Also, make possible to turn off question about enabling indexing; for those that know how to use grep and don't plan to have that running all the time.
Desktop indexers also do not appear to be as popular as they once were (Google Desktop is being pulled, etc)
Google Desktop search being pushed in background has a different reason, Google is all about cloud, not desktop, but we have a lot of people that have allergy to desktop search since beagle.
Desktop indexers can be horrific drains on performance, I think if we remove tracker from our default 12.1 install any newcomers will be pleasantly surprised at the performance improvements
Right to some extent, not every desktop is affected equally. It is nice to have things indexed, but computer resembling Vista will not compete with Windows 7, it is that simple.
Of course, I'd still like it in the repositories - so people can install if they want and upgraders can keep their tracker functionality
I would install it so that is available as soon as people ask for it, but not enable it by default.