December 4th, 2002

Product Report: Amberfish

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Product Information

Platform: Linux/Intel and Solaris, later FreeBSD, Mac OS X
Price: open source, free under the GNU GPL license, consulting available.


  • Available as toolkit code library
  • Efficient indexing
  • High performance search engine.
  • Queries on multiply-nested fields.
  • Cross-database searching
  • Z39.50 interface (partial).
  • XML text search engine, for both free text and structured queries
  • Supports phrase and Boolean searching
  • Partially implemented
    • Template-based CGI search interface
    • C/C++ API