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Now that we are shipping tracker by default, we must review it's effectiveness and problems in Gutsy. Moving forward, performance should be evaluated, and new uses should be examined.

Trackers object tracking exposes ways to greatly increase desktop usability through intuitively providing access to files around content and attributes as opposed to their location on the filesystem, and we should look at ways to exploit this. Some examples include Trackers ability to build a music database (avoiding Rhythmbox having to maintain it's own database), and the ability to create a userspace filesystem organized around tracker tags/search.

Release Note

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Use Cases



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UI Changes

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Code Changes

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  • data migration, if any
  • redirects from old URLs to new ones, if any
  • how users will be pointed to the new way of doing things, if necessary.

Test/Demo Plan

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Outstanding Issues

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BoF agenda and discussion

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  • use CPU limit to make trackerd not use more then 50% CPU, even when on idle.
  • warn UPGRADE users (those that usualy have a lot more to index, then new users) that trackerd will take a long time. many upgrade users to ""gutsy"" have disable tracked, 'cause to froze there CPU and disk I/O to 100%


TrackerReview (last edited 2008-08-06 16:35:09 by localhost)