Ubuntu users will soon be able to ‘search’ for torrents from sites like The Pirate Bay right from Unity Dash. A torrent lens created by developer David Calle will be available by default on Ubuntu.
Initially Calle was uncertain of it being included by default owning to the opt-out policy of Ubuntu Dash online search.
He expressed his apprehension when someone asked why he thought it could not be included by default, “…because, in the actual state of the Unity API (opt out instead of opt in), unless I manage to make the lens target only freely licensed content (awesome abandonware games, CC licensed music, etc.), I’m 99% sure that the functionnality would be abused, misinterpreted and would generate a lot of FUD for Ubuntu.”
Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu and Canonical, joined the discussion on Google+ and encouraged the developer. He also cleared the lens to be included by default in Ubuntu, “David, let’s go ahead. The tool is super-useful and it’s perfectly justified to make it available by default. We use Torrents for distributing ubuntu itself. So please don’t hold back!”
Ubuntu uses lenses and scopes to help users a convenient way to search quickly for information. Users can search items locally or online (Amazon, Google, Twitter etc.). Lenses categorize the search results into apps, files, music and video. Scopes are the back-end for the lenses. For e.g. Rhythmbox, Banshee serve as back-ends when a user searches for music available on the local machine. Both lenses and scopes can be extended.
Presently, in Saucy (13.10), the scope will be available in the Home scope only with a separate category for torrents. David wants work on the new Scopes API to be completed before the torrent scope can be split across music, videos and files.