Linux popularity globally

27 08 2008


On a global level, the interest in Linux seems to be the strongest in India, Cuba and Russia, followed by the Czech Republic and Indonesia (and Bangladesh, which has the same regional interest level as Indonesia). The first Western country when looking at regional popularity is Germany which is the 10th country in regards to search popularity for Linux.

Some interesting observations
  • Ubuntu is most popular in Italy and Cuba.
  • OpenSUSE is most popular in Russia and the Czech Republic.
  • Red Hat is most popular in Bangladesh and Nepal.
  • Debian is most popular in Cuba.
  • Cuba is in the top five (interest-wise) of three of the eight distributions in this survey.
  • Indonesia is in the top five of four of the distributions.
  • Russia and the Czech Republic are in the top five of five of the distributions.
  • The United States is not in the top five of any of the distributions.

Note again that when we say “popular” here, we mean how popular the search term is. After all, this is based on Google search data.

It might also be worth pointing out that the results are normalized, so the size of each region is removed as a factor. In other words, everything is in proportion to the size of the region (the total number of searches in that region, we assume). That means that larger regions are not favored over small, as would be the case otherwise.

Now on to the results for the individual Linux distributions.

Altri interessanti dati e mappe QUI

Pinguino vs Windows (funny !)

15 08 2008

W il pinguino, ma fa ridere !!!

wattOS – La distro che risparmia energia

15 07 2008

Welcome to wattOS

The home of a new lightweight operating system wattos

Our message is simple

Light – Fast – Now

Use your computers in a lightweight but fully featured way using less energy. The operating will run on low power computers and recycled systems keeping you working and playing with all the features you expect..

It will be fast and easy, and now is the right time to rethink our energy use and computers in our daily lives.

There will be three desktop versions

wattOS – The core desktop system using a fully featured Gnome desktop

mWattOS – Milliwatt a smaller desktop system using XFCE as the core interface. (known as mWOS)

µWattOS – Microwatt an even smaller desktop utilizing a minimal desktop GUI or command line. Ideal for appliances, small systems, kiosks, or old computers.

There will initially be one server version that will be modular and specialized.

Substation – The wattOS server

We are actively looking for developers and supporters in our efforts to create a low power operating system that can be used personally and commercially. contact us and watch for updates to get involved.

Light – Fast – Now


Flock + Firefox 3 = Flock 2.0b1 !!!

17 06 2008

Today we announced the Flock 2 Beta (one), which is powered by the same technology as Firefox 3. Flock 2 is fast, safe, and full of the Flock goodness you love. Please download the beta, take it for a test flight, and let us know what you think! Feedback, as always, can be submitted to

Blog post about the Flock 2 Beta (one):

Download Flock 2 Beta (one):

Evan Hamilton
Flock Community Ambassador
evan at flock dot com

What to Expect

Powered by Mozilla

ATTENTION: This is a beta. Beta software is imperfect. If you are an existing Flock user, we highly suggest you back up your existing profile (bookmarks, feeds, passwords). Instructions for doing this are here.

Found bugs? Have suggestions?
We’d love to hear it (it’ll only make Flock better). Submit your feedback at We strive to get to every email!

for being a Flock 2 test pilot!

Now you can have the best of BOTH worlds!

Flock 2 includes all of the award-winning Flock features that people are raving about, PLUS all of the enhancements introduced by the latest FireFox 3 technology from Mozilla.

  • New and improved security features – better!
  • Enhanced performance – faster!
  • Robust favorites and history handling – stronger!

Get More Info | View the Release Notes

Flock 2 encompasses a heck-ton of enhancements, and you can find out more in our series of articles about Flock and Firefox 3:

for being a Flock 2 test pilot!

Ubuntu eee is out !

12 06 2008

Third time’s the charm! In December Ubuntu Eee started as a one man project, but the last months several people have joined in on the development. We’re trying to achieve something which haven’t been successful for any other Linux distribution yet: a OS targeting a single computer which includes the best applications available. This means people can buy this really cheap computer and easily get a great OS on it for free. Since Ubuntu is working towards being runnable on every computer in the world it’s big and sometimes slow and the creators are afraid of taking risks with new technology. We do these three points better as Ubuntu Eee is just for the Asus Eee. Ubuntu Eee is smaller, faster and we’re bringing people the cutting edge of technology (while being stable and free of course).

I would like to thank (and you should too) the teams brought you Ubuntu Eee 8.04 and I would like to thank the leaders of the teams: Waffel, leader of the Editors, Jeff Shaw / vader, leader of the Coders, and Martin Lettner / Lukeen, leader of the Artists.

Ubuntu Eee 8.10 will be even more customized for the small screen and maybe take in use the great Netbook Remix interface.


Changelog and known bugs

eeeXP – Una versione mini di Windows XP per eeePC

4 06 2008

Non mi assumo responsabilita’, ma, come si suol dire, ricevo e volentieri pubblico…

Download eeeXP-mini

1. Use 7-Zip to extract ‘EEE_XP_MINI.iso’ from ‘EEE_XP_MINI (Compressed ISO).7z’ archive – Usa 7-zip per estrarre il contenuto dell’achivio

2. Burn EEE_XP_MINI.iso to a CD-R or DVD-R – Masterizza l’immagine su CD

3. Attach an external CD-Rom or DVD-Rom drive to your Asus EEE and insert the burned disk – Collega un’unità esterna (CD/DVD) al tuo eeepc e e inserisci il cd appena masterizzato

4. Restart your EEE PC – Avvia l’eeePC

5. Press the ‘F2′ key while the gray Asus splash screen is displayed to enter the BIOS – Premi F2 all’avvio per entrare nelle impostazioni del BIOS

6. Using the right arrow key select the ‘Boot’ tab – Usa la freccia destra per andare nel menù Boot

7. Select ‘Boot Device Priority’ by pressing the enter key – Seleziona Boot Device Property e premi Invio

8. Enable your CD-Rom or DVD-Rom as the 1st Boot Device – Abilita il CD/DVD come primo Boot Device

9. Press the ‘F10′ key to save your changes to the BIOS and boot your computer from the CD-Rom or DVD-Rom – Premi F10 per salvare e riavvia

10. If prompted by “press any key to enter setup” press a key – Premi un tasto qualsiasi quando (e se) compare la scritta “Press any key to enter setup”

11. When prompted, select which drive to install Windows XP – Quando richiesto selezionare il drive su cui installare XP

12. Format the drive using NTFS, and choose the “Quick” option – Formatta usando NTFS Quick

13. All the other input normally required to install Windows XP has been stored in configuration files. In 10-15 minutes your Windows XP desktop will appear – Tutto il setup sarà automatizzato attraverso un file di configurazione per cui non dovrai far altro che aspettare 10-15 minuti per veder comparire il desktop di Windows

14. Install drivers by inserting the Asus EEE Windows XP driver CD – Installa i driver inserendo il cd dei driver o meglio ancora scaricando quelli più aggiornati da internet

15. Enjoy your EEE PC – Buon divertimento

Qui trovate un interessante feedback di un blogger che l’ha installato !

E qui trovate una nuova versione di XP per eeePC molto migliorata !! ;-)

Flock 1.2.1

2 06 2008

Flock 1.2.1 Release Notes and Known Issues

Flock 1.2 delivers a more personal experience of the web, where its users are in control and more connected to what’s important to them. By automatically managing updates and media from popular social services such as Facebook, Digg, Flickr, AOL Webmail, Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, YouTube, Pownce and Twitter, Flock makes sharing with friends and services drag-and-drop easy.

These Release Notes contain information about what’s new in this release as well as known issues that we’d like you to be aware of.

What’s New

New Features in 1.2

  • Digg has been integrated as a people service.
  • AOL Webmail has been added as webmail service.
  • Pownce has been added as a people service.
  • Several performance and stability enhancements have been implemented and several memory leaks have been fixed.

Known Issues

General Issues

  • Several Firefox extensions are known to be incompatible with Flock’s toolbar causing icons to be misplaced or missing.
  • Several plugins such as Macromedia’s Shockwave are not installed in a place where Flock can find them.
  • If Flock is uninstalled from a Vista machine, IE is not correctly set as the new default browser.

Import and Migration Issues

  • Importing after the initial installation will cause the people sidebar and the media to not show the correct content until after the Flock is restarted.
  • The January 2008 Vista upgrade can cause the import wizard to fail to launch during install. To import Preferences, Bookmars, History, Passwords and other data, please select “Import…” from the File menu.
  • Users that import bookmarks from FireFox may see extra seperators in the Favorites Manager.
  • Photos dragged to the uploader but not yet uploaded will not migrate when updating Flock.
  • The Yahoo! toolbar will not be imported from FireFox on the Mac Platform.

People Issues

  • Non-ASCII characters are not displayed correctly in Pownce.
  • The Digg Man flyout may appear in the wrong place.
  • Digg friends’ last dugg status will be cleared if the dugg article is older than 7 days.
  • If a story has only one Digg, the number (1) is not displayed in the Digg friend card.
  • Digging a page with multiple iframes may confuse the Diggman.
  • When a user logs into Digg or Pownce from the Accounts & Services sidebar, the green status light is missing.
  • Flock has been tested for Facebook users with up to two thousand friends. Beyond a thousand friends, unforeseen challenges may exist. Closing the People sidebar may return your surfing speed to normal. If you are incredibly popular with more than 2000 friends, we would love to hear about how the People sidebar is working for you. Please send your feedback to popularitycontest at
  • Facebook friends will occasionally not show up in the people sidebar. To fix this problem, open the Accounts and Services sidebar (click on the key symbol) and find your Facebook account in the topmost field. Click on “Forget Account.” Then log back into Facebook, and your friends should appear in the people sidebar.
  • Facebook friends’ avatars sometimes show a black icon.
  • Clearing your Twitter status causes an alert to show up indicating “An Error Updating Your Status”. Twitter does not allow an empty status message.
  • Logging out of Twitter from Twitter’s web site doesn’t log Flock out from Twitter. The only way to really log out of Twitter is to forget the Twitter account from the Accounts & Services sidebar.

Webmail Issues

  • If AOL Webmail auto signoff is activated and after AOL has signed off from the website, checking for email via Flock will result in an AOL error message.
  • In AOL Webmail the Flock sharing breadcrumb will be below the users signatrue if it exists.
  • Two breadcrumbs may appear in the gmail compose window if you drag-n-drop an image onto the window before compose email’s breadcumb renders.
  • Yahoo! Mail may not work correctly with all accounts.
  • Yahoo! Mail Classic does not interpret unicode characters correctly. Users of Yahoo! Mail Classic will see “???????” in the webmail flyout.

Media, Mediabar and Uploader Issues

  • When tagging Facebook photos in the Photo Uploader, all tags are removed after deleting one of them.
  • When adding tags to Facebook photos in the Photo Uploader, double clicking on the picture will duplicate the the entries in the tag list.
  • When creating a Picasa account using Flock, the initial Mediabar message indicates an error. This error will go away after clicking on Picasa’s terms & services and then reloading the Mediabar.
  • Uploading a small, rotated photo to Facebook can cause Flock to display an error.
  • If the Photo Uploader is interrupted during the upload process, a “There was an invalid response from server” error is displayed.
  • Drag’n Dropping a non supported file onto the Photo Uploader on Mac 10.5 causes and error dialog that cannot be dismissed to appear.
  • The Media Magic bar does not show up when mousing over a Picasa video.
  • Drag’n Dropping a Picasa picture from the Mediabar or My World to the “Post Link” button in the people sidebar when showing Facebook people causes a Facebook error: “You are using a browser that is not fully supported.”
  • Some valid Flickr accounts are not discoverable through the media search bar.
  • Picasa private photos are still viewable even after a user has logged out.
  • Due to a Picasa limitation, photos larger than 20MB or 16,000 pixels cannot be uploaded.
  • While logged into Picasa, search based streams will not show owner’s private photos.
  • Scrolling too fast through Picasa photos in the media bar can cause the error: “There was an error in the servie to prevent your request.”
  • Uploading photos with two capital cyrillic characters to Picasa causes Flock to throw an error and stops the upload from proceeding.
  • When rearranging thumbnails in the Photo Uploader they can not be placed at the end of the stream.
  • Whene deleting all photos from an account My World will continue continue to show photos from that account.
  • Non english characters entered in the Photo Uploader are not displayed correctly in Picasa.
  • When uploading to any media service, immediately afterwards, the user account’s name will not be visible at the top of the Media Stream dropdown.
  • When uploading to Facebook, if no album is specified, the photo will be uploaded to a default album for the application, which will be created if necessary. Regular albums have a size limit of 60 photos. Default application albums have a size limit of 1000 photos.
  • When uploading photos to Piczo, photos uploaded to the “New Pictures” album will not appear in the media bar. They will, however, be visible from Piczo’s website.
  • Flock is unable to upload files with the “.jpeg” extension to Piczo.
  • We have seen occurances where Flock cannot upload to Piczo because subalbums cannot be retrieved.
  • Drag and dropping a photo from your desktop to the blog editor will not work if the photo is being uploaded to Piczo.
  • Accessing own private Photobucket photos when not logged in to Photobucket does not bring you to the Photobucket login page.
  • Some Truveo search terms cause Flock to return the error: “You appear to have lost your internet connection”.

Favoriting Issues

  • Adding a favorite to a folder will also add the favorite at the top level.
  • Flock will not auto discover your account when logging into Ma.gnolia using your Facebook account ID.
  • If your computer’s clock is too slow or fast, you may experience errors when publishing your favorites to or Ma.gnolia.
  • Drag’n Dropping online favorites to local favorites does not sync the online favorite locally.
  • After restoring default chrome settings the Favorites icon does not work until after the browser is restarted.
  • Dragging a feed to the Favorite’s toolbar will result in a broken feed.

Blogging Issues

  • Depending on your blog service, Drag and drop video may not work as expected. Services that do work are Blogger and Xanga. WordPress will show a link. Services that don’t work include Typepad and Live Journal.
  • If you are a Xanga blogger, please log in from the the Accounts & Services sidebar. There is currently an issue when logging in from the blog editor, you won’t be able to publish your post.
  • Replacing a Blogsome blog entry does not work correctly.
  • Replacing a self-hosted WordPress blog entry does not work correctly.

Other Issues

  • When using Hotmail in plain text, dragging a picture from the media bar the email recipient will receive blank content.
  • Flock does not prompt the user with a “Remember Account” notification bar when logging in to a related Google service such as Picasa and Blogger using a account.
  • Drag’n Dropping nested folders in the Web Clipboard does not work correctly.
  • Selection of a single entry in the Web Clipboard does not getting high lighted correctly.
  • Cannot delete a clipping from the Web Clipboard if it is nested in a folder. The clipping must be moved out of the folder first.
  • Due to the mime type set by Picassa, when clicking on a shared Picasa URL a dialog box opens to save or open the photo.
  • The subject field will be blank when Drag-n-Dropping a Picasa photo onto a YouTube compose message.

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30 05 2008

Se usate Linux bisogna modificare il file /etc/hosts e aggiungere queste tre righe:

Se invece usate Windows dovete inserire nel file hosts che si trova in C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\Etc:


30 05 2008

Googlubuntu sfrutta tutta la potenza di ricerca di google per trovare tutto cio’ che riguarda Ubuntu e i suoi derivati (Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Edubuntu, UbuntuStudio)

Imperdibile !!


29 05 2008

openmamba GNU/Linux is a ready-to-use operating system for notebooks, desktop and server personal computers. It comes with a plenty of software programs for office, multimedia, internet, games and much more. Created and maintained by mambaSoft, openmamba is now supported by a community of developers and Open Source software fans. openmamba is free software, read the licensing terms for more information.

E’ una distribuzione tutta italiana, sviluppata a Torino dalla Mambasoft. La distribuzione è basata su pacchetti RPM, con un buon repository di pacchetti personalizzati ed è completa delle funzionalità più usate, compresi i driver delle schede video ATI e Nvidia, Flash e i codecs proprietari e Compiz fusion. E’ una distro facilmente personalizzabile, anche attraverso 3 ottimi pacchetti sviluppati dal suo creatore: distromatic, autospec e autodist. Al momento sono disponibili diverse iso scaricabili in versione italiana o inglese a scelta: LiveCD, LiveGames, LiveStudio, Flash e BootCD.

LiveCD è la versione “base” con i principali pacchetti da ufficio installati e la classica selezione di programmi presente in quasi tutte le distro. La distro è installabile con un click, un po’ sul modello di Ubuntu.

LiveGames, come intuibile dal nome presenta invece una selezione di giochi tra cui Torcs, Tuxracer, Tuxkart, Pingus, FlightGear, Frozen Bubble, KSudoku. Anche questa versione è installabile.

LiveStudio è la versione dedicata agli artisti presenta infatti Blender, GIMP, Mixxx, Lives, Qtractor, Rosegarden, Audacity, ZynAddSubFX, Hydrogen, Kino preinstallati, un miglior riconoscimento dell’hardware dedicato al multimedia. La distro è ovviamente installabile.

Flash è una versione da 270Mb circa dedicata all’installazione su penne usb o schede di memoria.

L’ultima versione è una mini iso da meno di 4Mb che permette il boot da CD delle installazioni su Pendrive sulle macchine che non hanno il supporto per il boot da usb.

Ulteriore caratteristica di openmamba è che Mambasoft da gennaio vende portatili preinstallati e preconfigurati con Openmamba a bordo: al momento sono disponibili 6 portatili prodotti dalla Zepto e si va da un core2 duo 1.6 GHz al 2.4GHz, con monitor da 14,1″ o 15,4″, varie configurazioni di RAM e schede video NVidia 8600 o Intel X3000.


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