TaekwondoPavia.net and freewordpress.it

•March 12, 2008 • 2 Comments

What to say? To make it short, I had to design a new taekwondopavia.net website again. The first version was hosted on an Aruba.it server, then I moved to freewordpress.it, supposing that a web 2.0 change would have been something new, great and stable to carry on the website of my taekwondo team but… I was wrong. I had to create an entire new website and design, here it is:

The new http://www.taekwondopavia.net website, again…

For no reason at all, at least no reason I can understand, one day the taekwondopavia.freewordpress.it website disappeared! Instead, an error message was displayed, warning people that the subscriptions for new users were closed! What? Who the hell cares about it and were the heck is my beloved website?! I sent them something like 4 mails. No answers at all.

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GOs is no more Enlightened

•February 13, 2008 • 4 Comments

No enlightenment for GOs

Well, what can we say? The title says it all after all. In short, the Cloudbook release date was postponed to February and we new it, but what made it delay was somehow a mystery. In the GOs’s Website you can still download GOs Rocket Beta, do it while you can because…. from the next release GOs should switch from Enlightenment to Gnome. Yeah, sure, the originality of GOs has just gone away. Now GOs is just a standard Ubuntu desktop, with a different theme and a bunch of launchers for Google applications on the bottom of the screen. Useless to say, I don’t like this choice :)

But how did all of it come to light?

Earl Malmrose, the CTO of ZaReason, informed CLICK during the sixth annual Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE 6X) that the gOS version on Everex Cloudbook is going to use GNOME instead of Enlightenment.

Here is what ZaReason has to say about it:

The short and simple explanation is that gOS was using Enlightenment. They worked as hard as they could within that environment, but in the final analysis, they needed more so they switched to GNOME.

What does this mean for you? Your Cloudbook will be more solid than ever, justifying the two phrases: “It’s worth the wait” and “good things come in small packages.”

(this piece of new is taken from Cloudbook.com)


Well, according to ZaReason, the GOs theme decided that they had reached a dead end with Enlightenment’s potentials. They needed more flexibility and therefore switched to Gnome. Well, that smells cheesy to me, sorry. In OpenGEU we use Enlightenment and pieces of Gnome exactly because what we always said is that E17 is perfect for geek users, if it is left alone as it is, while it can become the easiest and friendlier desktop on earth if you mix some little pieces of something else into it.

What I really don’t like is something like what has been said on CLICK, that is: E17 is slower than Gnome. People, Gnome and KDE are the heaviest DEs out there for Linux, they surely are the most complete DEs, for sure, but they are freakin’ slow compared to XCFE or E17; saying that E17 is slower than Gnome is like saying that the sun rotates around the earth! E17 can be customized and configured as much as you wish! For example, the default configuration of OpenGEU features an heavily animated background, an animated theme and it is pretty heavy but yet it is faster than Gnome, of course. You can see it from the LiveCD for example! Please, try to compare the Ubuntu Live CD usability with that of OpenGEU Luna Nuova. The latter is of course MUCH MORE responsive and fast.

Also, for the next release of OpenGEU, Luna Crescente, I’m working on new and faster themes. You can also configure E17 to be even faster of course! You can configure the speed of animations, memory allocated, everything from a guy and let’s not forget that E17 is still in beta stage even if it looks like it is going to be released very soon.

The whole problem, IMHO, is that since GOs is being sold on real hardware from Everex, they are now looking for something more solid than a beta software. Then they shouldn’t have used E17 on first instance if the result was going to be this one. What I’m saying is that every E17 enthusiast (like me) or developer knows of the limits and potentials of Enlightenment, so why using it to drop it in the middle of the work after some time? I don’t get it. They knew from the beginning what thy could have done with E17 and what they couldn’t. They even developed a pair of new Modules! So I was always thinking: wow, they’re doing great with E17, if only I had some Enlightenment developer on my side too… and then they quit like this :(
In OpenGEU, for example, we’re now getting crazy to find E17 developers to help us create a better E17 Desktop! Where are they gone? Nice and cool projects like OpenGEU and OzOS are waiting for them. We will always use Enlightenment and we believe in it, we don’t just use it. But E17 can be as fast or as heavy as you wish, whilein this stage it cannot be as much user friendly as you wish. We need people to code new useful tools to have an easier E17 desktop. The problem is that almost every E17 developer out there hates things like a Systray… they think a normal user ca live without ’em.. well, a normal user can’t because a lot of applications use the Systray to work and you won’t change this reality. But that’s another problem… just to tell you that E17 developers are usually used to the usability of Enlightenment at this stage.

We are not going to accept it, we’ll help the E17 and Linux community have a better and easier E7 desktop, for as much as we can, and only if we’ll be able to do it, since we need coders and developers but of one thing you can be sure: we won’t ever drop Enlightenment, and we are sad GOs did it.

Unless they are doing it only for the CloudBook’s version… it could be an option, I don’t know but I don’t believe it. We’ll see, only time will tell ;)

What’s sure is that I have an eeePC and I’m working to port OpenGEU to it, with the next release, Luna Crescente, and another thing I know for sure is that if I had a cloudbook (I can’t have one, I live in Italy) I would surely erase the Gnome GOs desktop in the same moment I’d turn it on, to switch to something else. In the worst case I’d use Ubuntu, always better than a simply modified Green Ubuntu remix… with a different name.


•January 22, 2008 • 7 Comments

You can now visit directly


Just a redirect but, hey, the name is important too, isn’t it ;) ???

OpenGEU Luna Nuova Released: a bug-fixed, transitional edition

•January 21, 2008 • 22 Comments

Update! Please Digg this story and help us spread the word about OpenGEU :)

Here it comes boys and ladies!

OpenGEU Luna Nuova

OpenGEU Luna Nuova

OpenGEU Luna Nova has finally been released after some days of waiting. We had to test fbpanel to release the new version of our distro, that’s why there has been some delay but it will be worth the wait, be sure of this :)

So xfce4panel is way and fbpanel is in. This is a lighter panel, it is less buggy with OpenGEU and it fixes the only bug left we knew about. If you still prefer Xfce4panel, you can still install it with our repos, just

sudo apt-get install opengeu-xfce4-panel

And set it to autostart with your session instead of fbpanel. You can set it using the E menù –> Configuration –> Configuration Panel –> stratup applications. Remember to remove from the list fbpanel and place opengeu-xfce4-panel there instead: find it in the System category.

OpenGEU is a transitional upgrade, between Geubuntu Luna Nuova and OpenGEU Luna Crescente, the upcoming release based on Ubuntu Hardy Heron. You’ll have an alpha iso soon to play with, don’t worry. For now OpenGEU Luna Nuova will be available as a torrent download only, please seed it (keep your torrent application opened after downloading OpenGEU and leave the iso where it is ;) ).

The E17 world has a number of new and exiting features coming up and we’ll be sure to provide everything good to you with our repos. So stay tuned since OpenGEU Luna Crescente will be a very nice release too :)

Keep on supporting and downloading our distro!

Be sure to download OpenGEU and copy it to your friends. If you already installed Geubuntu, instead, just upgrade to OpenGEU with a simple:

sudo apt-get install opengeu-desktop

and the installation will be automatic. If you don’t have the OpenGEU repos and want to install it from packages, please visit our WIKI.

About WIKI and forums, the addresses had to change, visit the pages of this website and bookmark the new links please. Very simply, every geubuntu name changed to opengeu. Not a big deal I guess.

The Tompkins County (New York) Expert Guide to Internet Security

•January 21, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Well, I missed that one and would like to share this “gem” with you. It already looks like it has been removed from the site but that’s really incredible to see anyway. I found it on Distrowatch, the original page it was posted was here.

wow, so IE doesn't suck?!

Here’s the distrowatch’s article:

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The damned, freaky, beloved Gimp…

•December 26, 2007 • 10 Comments

Gimp Splash screen

So, where does all of this start from? The user Raja (thanks for posting :D ) posted an interesting and stimulating comment on the Painting Programs for Linux article. I decided to answer this post and argument it. The post was:

Obviously you are a regular photoshop user and find the gimp’s layout difficult to get used to. But that doesnt make it difficult to manage for everyone. I have been using Gimp regularly and cant find my way around with photoshop. For those preferring the photoshop layout, there is gimpshop which you may want to try. I just feel this post is unfair about gimp with nothing concrete to back your opinion that gimp is less powerful than photoshop (apart from CMYK support, but seriously, how many of us need it in daily life?)

My answer was a really loooong post and now it became this article. It is a better choice to write an entire article about it, since it is a very hot argument for me! Hot, meaning that I always am in need of good graphic tools and that I always follow the Free Software panorama in itself! :D

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In the last 7 days, Geubuntu reached the top in DistroWatch!!

•December 12, 2007 • 7 Comments


 Ok, please have a look at the above picture. It displays the ranking of visited pages in DistroWatch for any distro. You can go visit DistroWatch yourself and test this with your own mouse :)

Of course, with time things will change but, hey, this is an incredible Goal already. If we ask distrowatch to show us the ranking for the last 30 days, Geubuntu is in position number 12 but remember that Geubuntu 7.10 has been released on 06/12/2007 that is only six days ago!!

And on the popularity side it can deal with big distributions like Ubuntu, PC Linux OS Mint, Debian, etc. in the DistroWatch ranking system (based on how many visits does the distributions’s pages have). Imagine what could we reach in 30 real days :D

Now, even if you look in the “Last 6 months” we are not in a bad position: 64 and we are on DIstrowatch from less than a week :)

Wonderful. Thanks to everyone who is supporting Geubuntu and please, if you want us to survive in this massive download-rate world, please help us finding someone able to host our isos or donate to the project so that we can buy the space we need to host the iso :)

Also, if you read the review in Distrowatch about Geubuntu, remember that it is incomplete and based on the old bugged iso. We released an emergency bug-fixed iso too, that is the one you can find in our site right now. Of course, if you install Geubuntu from packages, you won’t experience those bugs either. We already warned them about it, we’re waiting for a response ;)

Thanks a lot for the attention!


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