What is Dessy?

Dessy is a DEsktop Search and SYnchronization framework for mobile devices. Dessy is free open-source software. It works on most devices that with a Java virtual machine. It allows finding files using words in their contents, metadata, and user-assigned tags. Dessy has been developed at the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT by Eemil Lagerspetz. It uses the Syxaw XML-Aware File Synchronizer for synchronizing found results. To learn more, see the publications about Dessy, the Dessy summary page, or download the source code or binary. There is currently no user guide for Dessy available. The publications describe the system best at this time. We encourage you to try Dessy.

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Download Dessy

To see the files of the Dessy project, proceed to the Files section. Dessy is available for most platforms with a Java or Java-like Virtual Machine. The Dessy Graphical User Interface uses Eclipse SWT, which must be installed on a platform to run it. Dessy is distributed with SWT for the Intel x86 and x86_64 platforms. The Nokia N800 and newer Internet tablets with the Jalimo Virtual Machine include SWT. If you wish to run the Dessy GUI on a different platform, Install Eclipse SWT. If you only need to index and search on a platform, using either the command line interface, or by connecting to the machine remotely, you do not need SWT on it. The Dessy server runs without SWT.

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Get Support

Get help with Dessy by reporting a bug or discussing the project. Bug reports and feature requests are appreciated. Remember that Dessy is experimental software; there may be a lot of bugs and glitches. Report any that you can find. When reporting, refer to the name of the file you downloaded (for example

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For Developers

To join this project, please contact the project administrators of this project, as shown on the Dessy summary page.

Get the source code

The source code of Dessy is available through the Dessy svn repository.

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About Open Source

Of benefit to users, Open Source software is licensed so you can download and use the software free-of-charge. The source code for this software is made available free-of-charge, you (or a programmer you hire) can make changes to this software to better meet your needs, and you can release your changed code back to the community passing the benefit on to other users. The open source process is advocated by the Open Source Initiative.

The exact license terms used by this project can be found on the project summary page and in the licensing documents included in the downloads.

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