Sydney Morning Herald: Google seeks and finds fast; a big Linux win, but browser add-on is Win-only
Jan 08, 2001, 23:56 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Timothy C Barmann)
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"I've been so impressed with Google's usefulness over the past
couple of months that I've practically abandoned my long-time
favourite search site, AltaVista. Google is faster, and offers cool
features that make finding things much easier. Most importantly, it
consistently returns results related to what I was looking
"The secret behind its success is the smart way Google presents
results of a search. It puts hits most likely to be relevant at the
top. How does it figure that out? "It is a little like a popularity
contest," said Jim Reese, Google's chief operations engineer, who
talked about the company at a computer conference in Atlanta in
October. Google has developed a page-ranking technology that is
based on how many other Web pages have linked to a particular page.
"Each link is like a vote for that Web page," Reese explained."
"Google runs on more than 6,000 computers, according to Reese.
Remarkably, these are regular, off-the-shelf machines, all running
the Linux operating system."
"Google hasn't publicised this yet, but it has released a
test version of a free computer program that incorporates a small
search window in your Web browser. It lets you use the service from
your browser, without having to visit Google first. ... The bad
news is it only works with Microsoft's Internet Explorer, version
5.0 and higher."
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- InternetNews: Google Launches Super Search Engine(Jun 26, 2000)
- CNET News.com: Yahoo drops Inktomi for Google search technology(Jun 26, 2000)
- Internet Week: Let Linux, Cheap PCs In The Door [Google.com](Jun 13, 2000)
- Linux.com: Google: The Search Engine That Could(Jun 07, 2000)
- LinuxMall.com: Google, Linux and Sliced Bread(Jun 02, 2000)
- TechWeb: Google Bets The Ranch On Linux(May 31, 2000)