What with Yahoo pointing to Nutch as one of the centerpiece projects in its new Labs, perhaps the stars are aligning for open source search. I recently got wind of another project in the works. It’s called Sprawler, and it’s in “pre-alpha” over at SourceForge. The man behind Sprawler is Eric Anderson, who is a systems analyst at a large unix installation in Austin, and came to search via an interest in physics. It’s early – Anderson does not expect to start indexing until later this Spring – but its good to see more and more interest in the space.