I've decided to get filthy rich by starting my own search engine. I mean, if Google and Microsoft can pull it off, so can I, right? And like any great artist, I started with
stealing forking an existing project.
So far, I've been taking the code apart to learn how it works, removing stuff I don't need, and tweaking the overall appearance to my liking. Basically, because I don't know what I'm doing most of the time, I've been pulling an Elon Musk: I'd remove a chunk of code and check if the thing still works. Despite my efforts, the thing does seem to work, so ladies and gentlemen, I give you Gufo.
Gufo is basically a PHP front end that pulls data from several search engines (Google, Qwant, and DuckDuckGo) and scrubs most of the capitalist crud off the results. It also offers open-source privacy-oriented interfaces to popular services like YouTube and Reddit. All Wikipedia search queries are piped through Wikiless. You can also use DuckDuckGo bangs, if that's your thing.
I've been using Gufo exclusively for a while, and so far, I'm very pleased with the job it does. For now, I'm hosting it on my own VPS instance, but if it gets any traction, I might move it to a dedicated server with a goofy domain name.
Of course, contributions are more than welcome!