SAN DIEGO, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- For years, analysts and enthusiasts
alike have been debating the popularity of desktop Linux. This week, there
will be hard data to back up the theories with the release of new, up-to-date
graphical maps that show where, when, and just how often people are connecting
to the Internet with computers running Linux.
Data for the new maps is based on the number of computers running
Linspire: The first time one of these machines connects to the Internet, that
IP address is converted into map coordinates and a "lightup" (a unique, new
desktop or laptop running Linspire) appears in the corresponding location on a
satellite photograph of the Earth. Dot colors on the map correspond to how
many lightups are in a particular area -- for instance, a yellow lightup means
more than 100 people are using desktop Linux in that geographic area. These
maps are a highly accurate way to track the daily growth of desktop
Linux -- data that could only be theorized about before.
"Instead of relying on analysts' speculation about how many people are or
aren't using desktop Linux, we now have hard data to demonstrate how much
Linux is growing," said Michael Robertson, CEO of Linspire, Inc. "Besides
seeing large increases in the total number of people using Linux, these maps
also detail global trends and show specific geographic areas where Linux is
making a stronghold."
All of the data gathered from computer IP addresses is anonymous, with
only general geographic data and numbers of connections being tracked. The IP
addresses are converted into latitude and longitude coordinates to narrow down
the location of the computer to a particular country and city. Though most
computers can be counted using this system, some IP addresses cannot be mapped
to a particular location and these users are not counted. Also, some user's
actual geographic locations may not be tracked if their Internet connection is
routed through a server in another location.
"Our data shows new Linspire users in 180 countries and six
continents -- but since we're only tracking Linspire machines, we're just
seeing some of the many people who are discovering Linux every day," Robertson
said. "These maps show that the growth is not just concentrated in one or two
areas, but is spreading across the world."
To view the lightup maps, users should visit http://www.lraiser.com, a
website created to highlight this real-time data and help spread the word
about desktop Linux. From there, users will be able to see the number of
people who began using Linspire in the previous 24-hour and week-long periods,
plus use interactive zoom-in maps to see the how many Linux users have
connected in a specific geographic location. Cursors and photo selections
allow customized zoom-in views of a particular country or continent, or to see
lightups from a different day or time period.
For more information about Linspire, contact:
858-587-6700 ex. 263
About Linspire, Inc.
Linspire (www.linspire.com) is an affordable Linux-based operating system
designed specifically for desktop and laptop computers in homes, schools and
businesses. Linspire uses innovative CNR technology that allows the
installation, updating and management of more than 1,900 software programs
with just one click from Linspire's CNR Warehouse(TM)
(www.linspire.com/warehouse). The Linspire operating system is also offered
in Spanish (www.linspire.com/espanol), Italian (www.linspire.com/italiano) and
Linspire and CNR Warehouse are trademarks of Linspire, Inc., a Delaware
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