After Google’s 12th birthday yesterday, it’s time for me to move to a new search engine:
DuckDuckGo is a search engine like Google with his own webcrawler (DuckDuckBot), focused on relevant results and respecting user privacy, with zero-click info, less spam (no ads above results), customizable, some of it open source, with many goodies, official sites on top, and more.
Entire site is built on open source tools, ranging from FreeBSD for the operating system to good old-fashioned Perl for the logic. According to DuckDuckGo’s developer, Gabriel Weinberg, the stack looks like this:
- Web Server: Nginix
- Cache: Memcached and Solr
- Database: PostgreSQL
- Primary Language: Perl
- Operating System: FreeBSD for the main site or Ubuntu for Amazon EC2 failover images