Google yesterday launched a version of its desktop facility for Linux users.

As a downloadable application allows users to search through the contents of their machines and presents the search results in an easy to edit window.

Google desktop has been available to PC users since its launch in October 2004 and only became available to Mac OS X users in April of this year.

The Linux version was developed in Google’s Beijing office and runs on Debian 4.0, Fedora Core 6, Ubuntu 6.10, SUSE 10.1 and Red Flag 5.

Although very similar to the existing Windows and Mac OS versions at this stage the Linux model does not include the sidebar and gadget features.

On its initial launch Google’s director of consumer web products Marissa Mayer called the feature one of the most exciting announcements of the year.

She told "Our users have been asking for this. They say, ‘Google is great, but why can’t I search my computer the same way?’"

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