Weblog:   The Greatest Test of Open Source: Beating Google
Subject:   More then one thing powers Google greatness.
Date:   2005-02-12 18:59:26
From:   tima

Google. One thing powers its greatness. Software.

I would disagree. The infrastructure -- particularly its scale -- is as much a part of their greatness (perhaps even more so) as the software that powers it. This is implied, though not acknowledged:

...Nutch hasn't prospered to where I would like it to be because of the costs of running the operation. To truly test the system you need a big index. You need to spend a lot of money crawling. To test it against Google anyway.

So, I really don't think this is a challenge open source can entirely address since there is no such thing as "open source hardware" or "open source bandwidth" that is necessary to match Google's feat.

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