We’ve got an enhancement to Ubuntu Unity in 12.04 which we’re looking for some community testing on. The Unity Files Lens has been improved so it’s more likely to find the things you’re looking for. In the current release we query Zeitgeist to find files matching what you’ve searched for, in this new test version we’ve improved the search so it doesn’t just look for things via Zeitgeist.
Here’s an example of what’s changed. My current 12.04 system is a fairly clean install with most of my data having been synced down using Ubuntu One or Dropbox file sync tools. As I’ve not opened many files on this machine yet, Zeitgeist doesn’t know about them.
Here’s the initial view of the Unity Files Lens when I press [Super]+F:-
Searching for my curriculum vitae (cv) results in only one hit which is a friends’ CV I downloaded from my email a little while back. My own CV is buried somewhere in a folder and I have no idea where it is, neither does Zeitgeist.
Here’s what it looks like when we test the new version of the Unity Files Lens.
Great! Now it shows the original results from Zeitgeist and any other files that match. It’s a simple change, but most welcome, and in need of testing!
If you’re on Ubuntu 12.04 please consider installing and testing this lens from this PPA:-
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:unity-team/lenses-testing
sudo apt-get update
Then get the great new stuff with either:-
sudo apt-get install unity-lens-files
sudo apt-get upgrade
Then logout and back in or reboot to restart Unity.
If you discover any bugs, file them here:-
Make sure you mention that you’re using the new PPA if you do!