These questions are answered by Nicolas Slusarenko, Developer of Trokam. More questions and answers in Q&A.

What is Trokam?

Trokam is an ongoing project to develop an online, ads-free and open source search engine.

Why I did it?

I want develop a new business, in the terms that I would like to use an online service.

  • Trokam respect your privacy. Trokam does not collect any private data. Trokam deliver the same results no matter who or where the user is.
  • Trokam does not have advertisement mixed with search results. There is no commercial mechanism to influence the visibility of a particular result.
  • Results are auditable. A user could easily know what words Trokam considered relevant in an specific web page using ‘audit’ button.
  • Trokam is free software. All the code is available under GPLv2 (github.com/trokam).

What is pending to do?

  • Improve the search algorithm and audit information.
  • Modify the single-node database into a multi-node database to increase performance, capacity and reliability.
  • Build a cluster for database, each node would be a dedicated machine with SSD.
  • Invite people to do web crunching to inject data into the database cluster. With a large base of crunchers we could reach the 1000 million pages crunched.

Development ideas discussed at Trokam Dev site (dev.trokam.com).