Re: Sun buys Infrasearch

From: Dan Brickley (
Date: Wed Mar 07 2001 - 08:18:52 PST

Last I looked(*), infrasearch was based on a cheesy screenscraper, not
dissimilar to what the Perl WWW::Search module lets you do, or Apple's
Sherlock tool. Am I missing something? (or just European....)


(*) some breathless puff-piece in RedHerring

On Tue, 6 Mar 2001, Mike Masnick wrote:

> Again, possibly old bits. I'm discovering that I now read approximately
> 1/10th of FoRK these days - and only if the subject appears interesting.
> How did I ever keep up before? -Mike
> Sun Snags InfraSearch in Move Towards P2P
> By Thor Olavsrud
> Napster may be facing the music in court, but the peer-to-peer (P2P)
> technology movement it spawned is taking the networking sector by storm,
> and even networking giant Sun Microsystems Inc. is sitting up and taking
> notice.
> Sun Tuesday declared its intentions in that space, announcing it would
> acquire Burlingame, Calif.-based InfraSearch Inc. -- a provider of P2P
> searching technology -- in an all stock deal meant to strengthen its
> distributed computing research efforts.
> Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
> Sun will fold InfraSearch into its San Francisco, Calif.-based Project
> Juxtapose (JXTA), an incubation research effort, headed up by computer
> scientist Bill Joy, with the goal of addressing new styles of distributed
> computing.
> InfraSearch is currently developing a fully-distributed P2P search engine
> which Sun said has the ability to return richer and more timely content on
> the Internet. Sun is banking that the addition of InfraSearch's technology
> to the JXTA efforts in P2P computing will address the network fundamentals
> of searching, sharing and storing information, which Sun believes is the
> key to harnessing the power of the Internet.
> "Sun has always been a leading innovator and has invested heavily in
> technology that supports network computing; P2P is one viable style of
> network computing," said Mike Clary, vice president of Sun and
> administrative head of JXTA. "Searching is a fundamental component needed
> to create compelling P2P applications. The acquisition of InfraSearch will
> help accelerate and foster Project Juxtapose into a meaningful community
> effort."
> Sun will account for the InfraSearch acquisition as a purchase, and said
> in-process R&D charges are expected to be immaterial.

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