I use Ubuntu 12.04 from time to time, but I often forget that Ubuntu 12.04 does have a really cool feature known as Search Videos. Search Videos feature actually resides within Ubuntu Dash Home. Recently, I often toy around with this particular feature, and I think it’s a really cool feature for Ubuntu. Cool enough that I had made a video to ramble on about it.
In my opinion, Google as a current leader in web search business has a lot to worry about Ubuntu Dash Home’s Search Videos feature, because this particular feature on Ubuntu can actually be a model for other operating systems to implement unique search implementations. When more operating systems begin to implement unique search implementations, Google web search dominance might not be so dominant if people begin to see that unique search implementations can actually yield better unique search results right on the desktop. For an example, within Ubuntu Dash Home, when Linux users use Search Videos feature, they don’t really have to be bothered by irrelevant search results of other implementation types such as article search implementation type. To put this in another way, we can say that Linux users won’t have to worry about clicking on links that will lead them to anything else (e.g., articles, websites, etc…) but just video/movie web links when they’re using unique search implementations on a desktop.
In addition to yielding results of web links, Ubuntu Dash Home’s Search Videos feature implements the implementation of allowing Linux users to search for videos and movies that reside locally (i.e., videos and movies that can be found within the computer itself). Web search engines such as Google cannot do the same in this regard. With that being said, major search companies such as Google can totally roll out desktop app that allows computer users to use unique search implementations.
At the moment, it seems there is a drawback of using Ubuntu 12.04 Dash Home’s Search Videos feature. The drawback I’m talking about is how you can’t actually add your own video sources. This limits the amount of videos that can be presented within the Search Videos feature’s result at any one time. Nonetheless, I guess this limitation can also be a good thing, because reckless Linux users won’t be able to add malicious video sources to their desktop. It will be a nightmare for desktop security and computer security in general if malicious video sources spread viruses and malware. So, I guess in the end, it’s still about the choosing of security over usability or vice versa. Anyhow, if you’re curious about Ubuntu Dash Home’s Search Videos implementation, why not check out the video that I had made about Ubuntu Dash Home’s Search Videos feature right after the break. Enjoy!!!
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