[An echo, but one that isn't me-too - an article reporting on an event in India:]
daijiworld.com: Wikipedia Search Engine Launch by Year-end, Says Founder:
By Seth Finkelstein | posted in wikipedia | on February 26, 2007 09:26 PM (Infothought permalink)
Wales also said that the Wiki Search engine, part of Wikia, a commercial venture that he floated in 2004, is due for launch before the end of this year. ...
"The Wikipedia project only uses two programmers and donations provide sustenance. Contrast that with Wikia, which has 31 employees, including 25 programmers. The search project alone would need hundreds of servers. We would need investments to push forward software."
He says that even if he garners 3 per cent of the search engine market, it would be a sustainable model.