Hooray! Google Desktop has finally reached Linux users. It is the first release, and contains a subset of features from the Windows version.
Obviously no source is provided, but two package types is ready to be downloaded – .rpm for Red Hat/Fedora/Suse/Mandriva x86, and .deb for Debian/Ubuntu x86
No 64 bit version yet, though.
However I do think that it is useful if Google provide a binary archive (.tgz or .tar.gz or .tar.bz2) for those who like to extract the software instead of installing them.
After installation, Google desktop lives in /opt/google/desktop and user data is all stored in ~/.google/desktop. It requires / utilizes GTK engine for rendering.
One interesting thing I just found is that Google also have its own Linux repository for users of these distributions:
- APT (Debian, Ubuntu, etc.)
- YUM (Fedora)
- urpmi (Mandriva)
- YaST2 (SUSE)
- RPM (Red Hat)
Click here for instructions. Now you can use your favorite packaging tools to retrieve Google Linux software.