[Xapian-discuss] Xapian vs Lucene

Yannick Warnier ywarnier at beeznest.org
Fri Feb 2 23:28:19 GMT 2007

Le vendredi 02 février 2007 à 17:41 +0000, James Aylett a écrit :
> On Fri, Feb 02, 2007 at 09:15:29AM -0800, Jeff Breidenbach wrote:
> > >Were you using Quartz, or Flint, as your backend for the Xapian
> > >analysis?
> > 
> > Flint. I was extremely impressed with it.
> We should start collecting quotes like this... if only to help Olly's
> ego :-)

It should still be balanced with a quote I had the other day:
"I looked at the Xapian website, and it looked like it was a page
written by a 14 years old boy, whereas the Lucene website looks very

It may look very bad when knowing that the two have the same
capabilities, but it still counts. The other day, I was pitching for an
integrated system (all GPL) for a public administration in Belgium
(around 30.000 users) and a search engine had to be included. Being part
of a small company, to make the pitch we had to get acknowledged by a
bigger-size company. They wouldn't let us even go one step with Xapian,
just because of the website appearance... Lucene was not a problem
though, and this is all because of a website.

Another quote I had was:
"From what I have read, Xapian people seem to consider their way of
treating the indexing process/algorithms as the biblical truth, that
doesn't have to be discussed, while Lucen explains a lot more what they
are doing and why".

I haven't checked the truthness of both these quotes, so I can't coment
on them, but I think they must be taken into account if Xapian wants to
get a better public image.


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