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Wikia Acquires Grub Search Tool


Wikia.org announced the acquisition of Grub, the distributed search project, from LookSmart. Grub is being re-released under an open source license after four years of private licensing. Grub is SETI-like distributed platform that employs users idle bandwidth to crawl the Internet. Wikia co-founder Jimmy Wales discussed Wikia's open-source vision for Internet search at OSCON, "Right now search is in a handful of proprietary players... This is a political statement about what the Internet should be in terms of transparency." Jimmy added, "What we need what is analogous to the LAMP stack. I think the Apache folks should win a Nobel Peace Prize for what they've done." The Grub client app is available today for download and testing at www.grub.org, although the entire codebase is not yet available. For more information on Wikia's Search project visit Wikia Search Labs.


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