There has been some discussion lately about how to use our Firefox landing page, start.fedoraproject.org. The search bar there right now defaults to a Google search, but aren’t there better ways to use this page?
One of the things we might want to do is to help seed a project like Wikia Search, which aims to do for search what Wikipedia has done for knowledge articles. Wikia aims to be fully free from top to bottom, including their algorithms and engines. In fact, they are using several widely available technologies like Lucene from the Apache foundation.
Part of wikia’s strategy is to enable users and community members to help crawl the web, sending results to wikia for indexing, again in an open, well-mannered, and well-audited way. Since people have started talking about a community grid built around the Fedora community (but hopefully open to clients of all sorts), how much would it rock for us to give people a choice to contribute to open search such as Wikia as part of installing their system? A LOT.