Is it possible to quesry askubuntu.com for any query/question/issue through unity search . Is there any plugin or a specific setting on the local box ? Primarily I don't want to open browser for each query I have.

thanks in advance

  • Check this question. It's about installing and using the Ask Ubuntu lens which does what you want.
    – Dan
    Commented Mar 31, 2014 at 7:21

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There is a program that does just that: AskUbuntu Lens. You can get it from the Ubuntu Software Center, or through the instructions on the program's Launchpad site.

  • i installed the utility from the software center, but I am not able to view it under the installed programs in unity . How can I proceed with searching a question on askubuntu lens utility Commented Mar 26, 2014 at 7:27
  • I can't get Shutter to run a capture of it, but the "Ask" logo will appear in the bottom of the Dash Lens icon row (along with Documents, Programs, etc.)
    – douggro
    Commented Mar 26, 2014 at 7:36
  • nopes i am not seeing any of the ask icon .. Commented Mar 26, 2014 at 10:33
  • Did the Ask item show up in the Dash Lens? I know it took a while for it to show up in mine for some reason.
    – douggro
    Commented Mar 29, 2014 at 14:17
  • nopes even after i restarted my machine, will try installing the plugin once more and will update on this thread Commented Mar 30, 2014 at 15:01
  • I did tried but was not able to see the ask item in the Dash lens, BTW my ubuntu version is 12.04 Commented Mar 31, 2014 at 4:49
  • I am pretty sure the AU lens needs a bit of maintenance and might not work ootb. Commented Mar 31, 2014 at 13:02
  • @JorgeCastro Seems so. It will locate tags and such but not actual questions, and I can't find the option in Privacy settings to allow online searches (which supposedly will fix that) from the Dash under 12.04...
    – douggro
    Commented Mar 31, 2014 at 18:20

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