Unity’s much-delayed Smart Scopes Service is preparing to land in the daily builds of Ubuntu 13.10.
The feature aims to add a more comprehensive and relevant search experience to the Ubuntu desktop. Over 50 new ‘Scopes’ – a data-specific search backend – will come installed by default. Some of these deliver results from popular websites like Wikipedia, Yahoo!, and Google; others deliver data from locally installed applications, like music players and installed apps.
Each of these scopes can be disabled individually by right-clicking on it:
The Smart Scopes feature was originally intended to debut in Ubuntu 13.04, but was eventually considered ‘not mature enough’. Whilst this was a shame, it was necessary. The version about to arrive in 13.10, and now available in Saucy-Proposed-Updates, is faster, more intelligent, and more featured than that targeted for 13.04.
Admittedly many remain suspicious about how useful it will be. Over the coming months eager testers will get to find out. But, if you found yourself aggrieved by the “irrelevancy” of Amazon shopping results when looking for a local file or application, prepare for much of the same – just on a larger scale:
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