Quick search with beagle+deskbar-applet (like Mac spotlight)

The search mechanism which comes with Ubuntu works, but, since it is not indexed it takes some time. A useful tool that provide an indexed scan in hard disk is Beagle. You can install it using apt-get tools, add it to you desktop panel and perform searches pressing F12.

sudo apt-get install beagle

However, despite it be more efficient than Ubuntu standard search, it does not provide a dynamic search, such Google Desktop and Mac Spotlight. For it you should install deskbar-applet and set beagle (in preferences) as one of it sources. Then you can make quest pressing Alt+F3. The installation can be done as follows:

sudo apt-get install deskbar-applet

Follows some previews:

See ya