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#109 2021-07-14 09:25:40

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Re: Fook Google and its fookin' sheet

Thanks for sharing that. I feel like that a whole generation of silicon valley (inspired) companies viewed the Black Mirror cautionary tales and are now regurgitating it back at us undigested.

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#110 2022-05-31 08:12:16

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Re: Fook Google and its fookin' sheet

zero wrote #329143:

I saw this article on my social media which gives step by step details on how to set up the Searx search engine on Linux. You would need self-hosting or full access to the server but the author links to his own and a list of other publicly available versions ready to use.

Searx is what I have switched to. I don’t really care about depth of reach, as so many people are quick to point out in defense of Google search, for example. All I need is info, and if I can get it via searx, it worx. :)

It’s now available in FF preferences as an option.

I made the switch off DDG, pretty much for this reason. I don’t dislike DDG, and maybe it will get better in the future, but searx’s About page is speaking to me.

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#111 2022-05-31 08:31:47

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Re: Fook Google and its fookin' sheet

Destry wrote #333465:

Searx is what I have switched to. […]

Yeah, for the same and some more reasons a while ago I have added it to my list in the xSearch extension for Safari (customise search + shortcuts). The results are quite decent (certainly not worse that others). I just wish their layout was not stuck in that unreadable dark-mode with small text.


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#112 2022-05-31 18:14:50

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Re: Fook Google and its fookin' sheet

phiw13 wrote #333467:

The results are quite decent (certainly not worse that others). I just wish their layout was not stuck in that unreadable dark-mode with small text.

Thanks for the pointer. I haven’t seen that one before. I’m guessing you’re aware of the settings under “Theme” and “Style” in the preferences at the top right of the window. Pointhi is a bit clearer than logicodev but it looks like it can be quite comprehensively modified: see, for example, the instance at https://searx.priv.pw.


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#113 2022-06-01 00:53:03

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Re: Fook Google and its fookin' sheet

jakob wrote #333477:

Thanks for the pointer. I haven’t seen that one before. I’m guessing you’re aware of the settings under “Theme” and “Style” in the preferences at the top right of the window. Pointhi is a bit clearer than logicodev but it looks like it can be quite comprehensively modified: see, for example, the instance at https://searx.priv.pw.

Ah, thank you for that preference setting. Honestly had not seen it… :-(. Pointhi theme is indeed a huge improvement. Add a bit of browser zoom to get a reasonable font-size to polish.

BTW – fun? As a test for the theme, I searched for “Tetxpattern”. In the side bar, the result page shows:

Engines cannot retrieve results:
soundcloud (HTTP error), btdigg (too many requests), microsoft academic (unexpected crash), crossref (timeout), digg (HTTP error), hoogle (unexpected crash), torrentz (unexpected crash), ccengine (unexpected crash).


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#114 2022-06-01 07:45:41

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Re: Fook Google and its fookin' sheet

Sorting the rice from the buckwheat…

There is searx.org (about), which I suppose was the original project. I had a search add-on, it must have been old, that pointed to searx.me, but that now just loads up a white hole.

I find two (at least) add-ons in FF:

One, search searx (using the original searx logo—devil-horned magnifying glass), is by an independent dev and the search link points to the instance https://searx.thegpm.org. That addon does not seem to be very popular.

The other is searXNG, using just a regular blue magnifying glass, which points to https://searx.be. It seems searXNG is a fork of searx, and seemingly more popular. It boasts a number of differences (link doesn’t work, need to scroll down page). SearXNG has a list of instances at searx.space. As mentioned, it seems to use the searx.be instance.

So it’s like tools in the fediverse, I guess. ‘Searx’ (or ‘searXNG’) is the software, but anyone can run an instance of it on their own server and make it public accessible. The specific URLs are relative.

I guess I’ll be using the searXNG add-on for the time being.

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#115 2022-06-01 11:45:03

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Re: Fook Google and its fookin' sheet

I am not sure what you are after, but given that searx.org uses “Open Search” you can simply add it directly to the list of search engines in Firefox:

  1. go to searx.org
  2. right click / control click in the address bar or search bar. the search-engine should be list in the context menu (screenshot )
  3. select

The search engine is now available and you can set as default.


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#116 2022-06-01 11:58:07

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Thanks. I did not realize it was so easy. I have deleted the needless add-ons and have added searx.org and searx.be (searXNG) for comparison.

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