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I didn't know about the free edition of Omnifind, Shades

Unfortunately, as you mentioned, it has been discontinued:
  • Effective September 22, 2010, this product is withdrawn from marketing.
  • Effective June 30, 2011, this product will be withdrawn from support.

Besides, its software requirements list give away its age:
Supported operating systems

    32-bit Red Hat Enterprise Linux Version 4, Update 3
    32-bit SUSE Linux Enterprise 10
    32-bit Windows XP SP2
    32-bit Windows 2003 Server SP1

Supported browsers

The administration console and the search page are browser-based. The following browsers are supported:

    Microsoft Internet Explorer 6
    Mozilla Firefox 1.5 and 2.0 (required for Linux installations)

Cookies must be enabled to use the administration console and the search page.

Definitely not cutting edge :)

Anyway, if you're currently using it and experience no issues with it, I would continue using it too. But I certainly wouldn't choose it for a new installation.

Apparently Omnifind Yahoo Edition was a victim of the Microsoft-Yahoo search agreement a couple of years back. It looks like IBM didn't quite like the idea of distributing a product which would have to include Microsoft's search engine (as a result of Yahoo dropping theirs): Yahoo deal puts IBM, Microsoft in enterprise search pickle

Looks indeed interesting, especially for the amount of items that can be stored in the search database.

The 10 million items figure is for the "Complete" installation, which assumes an independent SQL Server installation. The recommended limit for the "Stand alone" installation is about 300,000 items. Keep in mind that these are not hard limits, but recommended ones based on the performance of the database engine. So, in short, it's:
  • Complete installation of SS 2010 Express -> SQL Server -> up to 10 million items (aprox.)
  • Stand-alone installation of SS 2010 Express -> SQL Server Express -> up to 300,000 items (aprox.)

Do you know of any site/blog that did a benchmark test with several of the freely available LAN search engines?

No, I couldn't find benchmarks, but I did find a couple of pages with relevant info:
Bottom line:
quite simply if you don't want to shell out money Solr/Lucene or Fast (now MSSE) is really about the best you can do

A quick search in the forum returned no results about this Microsoft product. I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned yet here, so I decided to post about it.

Search Server 2010 Express is a standalone search server which is free and easy to deploy. It delivers powerful, web-style search across your corporate intranet sites quickly, easily, and for free. It can search all your content sources, including SharePoint sites, file shares (some file types require additional filters, see below), websites, Exchange Public Folders, and third party repositories.

Quote from Microsoft:
Microsoft Search Server 2010 Express is an enterprise search solution that is free to download, simple and flexible to configure, and powerful enough to meet your needs.

Full description of features: Microsoft Search Server Express

A feature comparison matrix of SS 2010 Express with its predecessor, Search Server 2008 Express, and also with Sharepoint Server 2010: Microsoft Search Server Express: Compare

And a couple of screenshots:



Search Server 2010 Express can be downloaded for free from this page: Download details: Microsoft Search Server 2010 Express
Software and hardware requirements are listed there too.

To complete this post, let me list some additional resources about SS 2010 Express:

So, is it really free? Surprisingly, yes. Of course you need a properly licensed Windows Server 2008 SP2 or Server 2008 R2 to install it on, plus the hardware requirements are hefty, but the software itself is completely free.

So far I have only found one caveat, which is only relevant if you decide to install SS 2010 Express on a domain controller.
There are two modes for installing Search Server 2010 Express:
  • Complete – allows you to specify a SQL Server installation
  • Stand-alone – automatically installs and configures an instance of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express (which is also free)
Of course, the second alternative is the easier (and cheaper!) one. BUT, when you install SS 2010 Express on a domain controller, only the first option is available, which means you already have to have a running SQL Server for SS 2010 Express to use it as its database engine.

All in all, a great free product for LAN search, which should be better known.

There's gotta be a catch somewhere (in the rye perhaps). - I did save the guy's .reg file on my thumbdrive just in case it catches me...  :D

I thought it was a catchER  ;) 
Very witty, though  :Thmbsup:

FavLoc 1.2.1 for Firefox 4, hard to find and not yet available at Mozilla:

 (see attachment in previous post)
The author is Addon Manager at Mozilla's.

I was a user of FavLoc up until I made the move to Firefox 4. I wasn't aware that there was a (semi-hidden) compatible version of FavLoc, which made me look for an alternative add-on that worked with Firefox 4. Luckily I found Save file To, which I now like even more than FavLoc.

There are many other add-ons to do full page capture.

Here's a vote for another such add-on: Abduction
Works great!

Curt, I don't know what exactly you're using Babylon for but I cover my dictionary/translation needs inside firefox with the following add-ons:
  • Wikilook: Leading dictionary lookup add-on. Fast, light, open source tool that define words for you without need to open new tabs or windows. Wiktionary & Wikipedia. Ctrl or Shift or Alt + RightMouseButton click. Now with thesaurus. 70+ languages supported!
  • Fast translation: Easy tranlation tool using Google Translate. Select text and right click to translate. Press CTRL+SHIFT+L to open translation window.
  • Globefish: Globefish assists users in reading and writing in a foreign language: (1) users can translate any foreign text simply by highlighting it; (2) users can compare usage frequency of different expressions to check errors and find a better expression.

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