Some call it Zeitgeist, a few paranoid people call it Skynet. Either way Zeitgeist is one of the most exciting technologies to have arisen in the last few years.

I have a tonne of Zeitgeist news to bring you up-to speed on, so enough with these pointless introductions that plague every article I write…

Speed boost

Asking Zeitgeist to ‘find stuff’ is now ‘multiple times faster’ after a benchmark tool revealed that, well, it wasn’t as fast as it could be.

Markus Korn, who’s done the optimizations, has written much more on what’s been changed and why on his blog.

Data sources

New data sources have been added to the Zeitgeist PPA. Amongst these are Bazaar, Eye Of Gnome (default image viewer) Totem.

Rhythmbox now ships with a Zeitgeist plugin by default.


Zeitgeist will be integrated into GNOME Shell. This notion was previously dismissed by GNOME developers however GNOME founder Federico Mena Quintero took to the GNOME Boston Summit to push the case for its inclusion.

The Good news? It will be integrated! Congratulations  Zeitgeist team!


Zeitgeist now has a dedicated MeeGo developer whose tasked with bringing Zeitgeist fruit to bear on MeeGo trees.


As always Zeitgeist can be installed via the official PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:zeitgeist/ppa

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install

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