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I've now been using searx.info as my default search for a week and this is the one, I'm sticking with it.

It's been working great, and actually returning better results than DDG. For example, I searched for info about KDE touch screen gestures on both Searx and DDG. DDG gave me about 3 relevant results and the others were all about Windows 10. On Searx it was the reverse, all the results were relevant except one sneaky Windows 7 entry way down the page.

for the win

@freedcreative yay! I've tried it a bit on my phone with the Searxer app, and it's nice. I should do more with it on my laptop.

@freedcreative yep, that's where I got it! It works nicely, as long as you pick a good, working instance. I try to get most of my apps from F-Droid these days.

@greyor Thanks, I'll look it up. I'm 100% F-Droid now, I just like not having to comb through everything wondering about spyware / malware.

@freedcreative I hear you there for sure. I'm mostly F-Droid, except for a few things like banking apps and such.

One of these days I'd like to take the plunge and get a PinePhone or something, but I'd like to wait for it to mature a little more. I find it difficult to give up the Android ecosystem, and would like an Android fork like GrapheneOS or ReplicantOS ideally.

@greyor Yeah you end up needing something with Android or iOS whether you like it or not. I'm using LineageOS but have a cheap Android phone in the drawer for when non-FOSS apps are pushed on me.

The PinePhone is super appealing. Same here, just waiting for it to bake a little longer in the oven.

@freedcreative I run an unofficial, hacky build of Lineage on my tablet (Galaxy Tab E Nook). It's OK. I have no idea how to build it myself or I'd update it. Currently it isn't able to update any .apks for some reason, so I basically just use it to web browse and read my local paper. My phone is a Galaxy S9+ with a locked bootloader, so I can't do anything about the OS.

Yeah, I think it'd be fun! I am not a cutting-edge kind of person when it comes to hardware at least, so I'm fine waiting.

@freedcreative I need to try it out. DDG is very very unreliable and inconsistent when it comes to usable or relevant results.

@freedcreative

Interesting. Just submitted an issue, as it doesn't seem to work from textual browsers. Feels really close, though.

@vandys Oh that's a shame. I wonder if a locally hosted version could be configured to work.

@freedcreative

Well, it's all in Python, so I could definitely fix that. Except I seem to have enough to do at the moment... will consider it as a future project.

@freedcreative
I've been using search.biboumail.fr/ for well over a month now. It's searx and I chose it because it has a very good mix of engines it looks at qwant(bing), DDG(goog/bing), wikipedia, wikidata, reddit(!) others...
My french is somewhere between shit and non-existent, but I can kinda read - it's worth it to me just for the extra practice even.
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@gemlog That's cool! Good to hear about multiple instances working well. I tried it for a while last year but couldn't quite get the results I needed out of it, but this instance or updates since then have made it great.

@freedcreative I tried it a year or so ago and it sucked. It really depends on the instance you choose. I went through a large list testing results and just accepted that french one when it returned the most engines. I'm sure there are others.
Also, sometimes my connection to search.biboumail.fr is a bit dodgy and times out.
Also, sometimes I'm lazy to read french (esp for tech topics) and hit startpage instead. This list is long, but I may try it again searx.space/

@gemlog Oh btw, thought it might be useful to mention that in the preferences you can choose whichever collection of engines you like. Pretty awesome.

@freedcreative Is this in your own instance of searx or...? If local cookies, I run each new tab in a new container, so cookies are never persistent for me.

@gemlog You can do it any instance afaik, local or remote, but yes it's stored in a cookie. I block cookies by default and have an allow-list, so I just allowed this URL.

If you're using FF containers and make Searx open in it's own container every time you could handle it that way.

@freedcreative Thanks - I never thought of that!
Trying to think of downsides... nothing coming so far... hmmm :-)

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