DuckDuckGo adds image and video search in beta release

In today's open source roundup: DuckDuckGo gets video and image search in beta release. Plus: Tails the secure Linux distro, and Raytheon switches from Solaris to Linux for military drones

Privacy is on everybody's minds these days, particularly when it comes to searching the web for information. DuckDuckGo - the search engine that doesn't track you or otherwise violate your privacy - has released a beta that includes image and video search capabilities, as well as auto-suggest and a more refined interface.

According to DuckDuckGo:

This next version of DuckDuckGo focuses on smarter answers and a more refined look. We've also added many new features you've been requesting like images, auto-suggest, places and more. Of course, your privacy is protected as well!

It is in beta and there are some known issues. In particular:

--not all settings work yet and the setting page itself is getting an overhaul

--not all instant answers work yet and some have not yet been redesigned

--IE8 is functional though not fully cleaned up yet

In the next month, we hope to make this the default version of DuckDuckGo, but that timing really depends on what we hear from you. There is a 'Give Feedback' button on the bottom right of search result pages that you can use to submit anonymous feedback (with optional query). We also encourage you to post to this forum so that the community can discuss your ideas.

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DuckDuckGo Beta Release
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I'm a huge fan of DuckDuckGo and use it as my preferred search engine. I love the fact that searches are anonymous, I don't have big brother peeking over my shoulder when I search for something, and my searches aren't used to sell me junk I don't want via advertising.

So far the beta is looking very good, the new features are quite useful and should help put DuckDuckGo on par with Bing, Google and other search engines that offer similar options. Don't take my word for it though, check out the beta for yourself.

A look at the secure Linux distro Tails

eWeek has an interesting slideshow about Tails, the secure Linux distribution used by Edward Snowden and many others.

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