Grub (search engine)
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Grub is an open source distributed search crawler platform. On July 27, 2007 Jimmy Wales announced that Wikia, Inc., the for-profit company developing the open source search engine Wikia Search, had acquired Grub from LookSmart. The cost was $50,000.
The project was started in 2000 by Kord Campbell, Igor Stojanovski, and Ledio Ago in Oklahoma City. Undetermined copyright, patent or trademark rights from Grub, Inc. were purchased in 2003 for $1.3 million by LookSmart, Ltd. For a short time the original team continued working on the project, releasing several new versions of the software, albeit under a closed license.
Operations of Grub were shut down in late 2005. The site was reactivated on July 27, 2007, and the site is currently being updated. The original developers are assisting with the new deployment, and investigating the robots.txt issue, to ensure a repeat performance does not occur.
Users of Grub can download the peer-to-peer grubclient software and let it run during computer idle time. The client indexes the URLs and send them back to the main grub server in a highly compressed form. The collective crawl could then, in theory, be utilized by an indexing system, such as the one being proposed at Wikia Search. Grub is able to quickly build a large snapshot by asking thousands of clients to crawl and analyze a small portion of the web each.
- ↑ "Jimmy Wales and Wikia Release Open Source Distributed Web Crawler Tool". Wikia, Inc. Press release. 27 July 2007
- ↑ LookSmart SEC filing, 2007
- ↑ Grub Inc. Investors page as archived by Archive.org, December 2000
- ↑ LookSmart SEC filing, 2003
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