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README: Remove description, features and use-cases section

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# Tracker
Tracker is a search engine and that allows the user to find their
data as fast as possible. Users can search for their files and
search for content in their files too.
Tracker is a semantic data storage for desktop and mobile devices.
Tracker uses W3C standards for RDF ontologies using Nepomuk with
SPARQL to query and update the data.
Tracker is a central repository of user information, that provides
two big benefits for the desktop; shared data between applications
and information which is relational to other information (for
example: mixing contacts with files, locations, activities and
etc.).
This central repository works with a well defined data model that
applications can rely on to store and recover their information.
That data model is defined using a semantic web artifact called
ontology. An ontology defines the relationships between the
information stored in the repository.
An EU-funded project called Nepomuk was started to define some of
the core ontologies to be modeled on the Desktop. Tracker uses this
to define the data's relationships in a database.
Tracker is an efficient search engine and
[triplestore](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triplestore) for desktop, embedded
and mobile.
More information on Tracker can be found at:
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* [irc.gimp.net](irc://irc.gimp.net)
## Use Cases
Tracker is the most powerful open source metadata database and
indexer framework currently available and because it is built
around a combination indexer and SQL database and not a
dedicated indexer, it has much more powerful use cases:
* Provide search and indexing facilities similar to those on
other systems (Windows Vista and Mac OS X).
* Common database storage for all first class objects (e.g. a
common music/photo/contacts/email/bookmarks/history database)
complete with additional metadata and tags/keywords.
* Comprehensive one stop solution for all applications needing
an object database, powerful search (via RDF Query), first class
methods, related metadata and user-definable metadata/tags.
* Can provide a full semantic desktop with metadata everywhere.
* Can provide powerful criteria-based searching suitable for
creating smart file dialogs and vfolder systems.
* Can provide a more intelligent desktop using statistical
metadata.
## Features
* Desktop-neutral design (it's a freedesktop product built
around other freedesktop technologies like D-Bus and XDGMime
but contains no GNOME-specific dependencies besides GLib).
* Very memory efficient. Unlike some other indexers, Tracker is
designed and built to run well on mobile and desktop systems with
lower memory (256MB or less).
* Non-bloated and written in C for maximum efficiency.
* Small size and minimal dependencies makes it easy to bundle
into various distros, including live CDs.
* Provides option to disable indexing when running on battery.
* Provides option to index removable devices.
* Implements the freedesktop specification for metadata
(https://freedesktop.org/wiki/Standards/shared-filemetadata-spec/).
* Extracts embedded File, Image, Document and Audio type
metadata from files.
* Supports the WC3's RDF Query syntax for querying metadata.
* Provides support for both free text search (like Beagle/Google)
as well as structured searches using RDF Query.
* Responds in real time to file system changes to keep its
metadata database up to date and in sync.
* Fully extensible with custom metadata - you can store,
retrieve, register and search via RDF Query all your own custom
metadata.
* Can extract a file's contents as plain text and index them.
* Can provide thumbnailing on the fly.
* It auto-pauses indexing when running low on diskspace.
## Compilation
To setup the project for compilation after checking it out from
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