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Gigastrand By the numbers 2016

The stats are in for 2016 and this is what they say.

In 2016, Windows PC sales accounted for 0% of all sales. All personal computer sales were 100% Gigastrand OS.

In 2016, for every Windows-based video security device sold, Gigastrand sold 3 Gigastrand NVR systems.

Revenue in 2016 doubled from 2015.

New unit sales were up 400% in 2016.

Conversions (taking a customer PC and upgrading it to Gigastrand) was up 400% over 2015.

January 2016 saw a new sales record. January 2017 is projected to beat it by 50%.

We have had an incredible 2016 thanks to our customers. Here is to a very bright 2017!

 

Gigastrand NVR: Refresh Repositories Before Install

If you attempt to install Gigastrand NVR immediately after a fresh install of Gigastrand OS, you will want to refresh the package list before you do. If you don’t, the NVR software will look like it installs, but will miss several critical steps resulting in failure.

You can refresh the package list in 2 ways.

1. Open a terminal and type

sudo apt-get update

2. Open Apper; click on Updates; click Check for New Updates.

This will refresh the packages so you can install the NVR software fully. The operating system will refresh the packages automatically – eventually. This is a bit faster.

Gigastrand to Give Away Over 400 Copies of OS

Gigastrand will give away over 400 DVD copies of its OS from December 1 – 31. Once gone, Gigastrand will cease production of individual DVD copies except in the case of specific products.

The copies will be distributed both online and locally. Some will be retail packages, but most will be individual discs. Copies bought online will be at a reduced price to cover shipping and handling.

This giveaway is a part of the annual holiday giveaway to promote the Gigastrand OS and do something special for our customers. It is a fantastic opportunity to get a copy of Gigastrand OS with all the improvements we’ve done recently.

If you are looking for something truly free and to satisfy that desire for instant gratification, Gigastrand OS Download might be more your speed. You can burn it to a disc using a program like infrarecorder or copy it to a USB drive with unetbootin.

Regardless of how you get Gigastrand OS, get it now before these offers expire.

Please Vote for Gigastrand OS on Distrowatch

Nearly 2 years and 3 versions ago, Gigastrand OS was submitted to Distrowatch. We are listed on the site but, like some other distros, we are sort of stuck in limbo on the Distrowatch site. There is a list where you can recommend / vote for a distro to move it along in the process.

For those who do not know what Distrowatch is, it is a website that lists and tracks all of the different Linux distributions. It has been around for a long time and is the go to place for Linux enthusiasts.

We would like to see how many votes we can get from our users on the site. The first thing you have to do is go to the Distrowatch website (link below).

https://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=submit

Next find Gigastrand OS. An easy way to do this is to do a CtrL + f to open the find dialog. This will allow you to search the page and works in Chrome and most browsers.

Then, click the Recommend button next to Gigastrand OS. This will submit your vote for Gigastrand OS.

In the meantime, we are giving away the download version of Gigastrand OS for FREE until the end of the year as a thank you for supporting us through version 3.4. I personally feel that v3.4 is the best version of Gigastrand OS we have ever come out with.

Let’s see how many votes Gigastrand OS can get on Distrowatch!

We tried a web traffic service – guess what we found.

About a month ago, we tried one of the many web traffic services from fiverr and analyzed the traffic. This is what we found:

  1. The traffic being driven to the site looked like a denial of service attack (DDoS). It was all bots, all Windows desktop PCs, and all highly suspect. While it was not a denial of service attack in the sense that it crashed the website, the traffic looked very much like a DDoS attack if it were done once every few seconds or so.
  2. The visitors were from different IPs. So it looked like unique visitors and sessions, but it was all bots.
  3. The product did not significantly impact bounce rate. It remained pretty much the same. Some bots would hang around and browse a couple of links at random to keep the bounce rate low. It was pretty easy to see what were bots and what were actual people as the browsing habits were different. Time per page was different.
  4. The product was advertised as “qualified” traffic. Not in the least. Bots from compromised Windows PCs do not count.
  5. The product was advertised as “unlimited” for 30 days. We got 700 to 800 sessions per day.
  6. The product was advertised as “1000+” visitors per day. We got 700 to 800 “visitors” per day.

The product as advertised is more or less a scam. It didn’t deliver what was promised and what it did deliver was on the backs of people with compromised machines (spyware/malware/virus) and that just isn’t right. If you have a low bounce rate, it will most likely drive the bounce rate up despite some of the countermeasures.

The most annoying thing it did was make it very difficult to properly analyze the qualified visitors. When we write an article and post it, the stats spike when people look at our post. It was very difficult to tell how big of a spike we had when we posted.

So, we are only out $6 in total but well worth the lesson. We won’t ask for our money back because we feel we got what we really were after out of it.

We are unable to review it on fiverr for some unknown reason.

Gigastrand’s 12 year old computer

In 2004, about the time Gigastrand was called LinspireNetwork, we built a computer. It was a secondary computer designed to run Linspire – a Linux OS we sold at the time. When Gigastrand was formed, it became the primary PC for Gigastrand in 2006.

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Since then, it has performed a number of tasks. In 2012, it was a development machine for Gigastrand OS and one of the first machines to be loaded with the new OS. It later became the Gigastrand internal server. I have written about it several times on the Mr. Gigabytes Blog and on LinspireNetwork (the predecessor of Gigastrand – long since defunct).

While this is the best documented PC, it is possibly not the oldest. From 2001 – 2004, Gigabytes Computer Store used a very specific type of computer case to build their PCs. We currently have one of those computers on our shelf.

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When we found it, it was pretty much as you see it in the picture. Now it has been spray painted black and once served as a media center for my home. It has been recently restored as a media center in my home.

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The story of longevity does not end there. From 1997 to 2006, I owned a Gateway 2000 PC that I kept running and functional. It served as the Gigabytes Computer Store’s point of sale and was eventually painted green and sold.

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My home DVR has run since 2009 on all original hardware (sans main hard drive) and my original Gigastrand laptop ran for nearly 9 years before giving up the ghost in 2013.

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So, when it comes to choosing your next PC, are you going to choose one mass produced that might last a year or so? Or, will you choose one from a builder that knows how to make one that lasts?

Gigastrand OS: 10-Year Business Cost Analysis

The Gigastrand OS is software that has practical applications across many systems and is designed to completely replace the systems you currently use. This analysis is based on the real-world costs of purchasing and maintaining various environments. Below you will find our 10-year operational cost projection comparing 3 different environments.

With a Windows environment, the average expenditure to operate in this environment (including upgrades, downtime, and support) is approximately:

$844,233

With a Linux environment taking into account the same variables the cost of operating the same environment is approximately:

$653,000

That is a significant savings ($191,233 to be exact) but not really much of a secret. Many companies know about the savings of running Linux. A Mac OS environment operates slightly more at about $675,000.

Now, let’s shake things up a bit and assume that the PCs and Server are scalable and upgradeable Gigastrand Lifetime Warranty PCs running the Gigastrand Operating System. Operating this environment will cost approximately:

$366,735

That is a massive savings of $477,498 over a comparable Windows environment!

There are other benefits to running Gigastrand OS in your business that aren’t so easily measured. For example, when your technology runs better and more efficient, productivity goes up. Gigastrand OS was designed with business in mind. This analysis does a good job measuring the monetary benefits, but with the capability of Gigastrand OS and the reliability of Gigastrand PCs, money is not all you will save with Gigastrand.

Installing Kodi in Gigastrand OS 3

Gigastrand OS 3.0 removed XBMC from its pre-installed software list because at the time, customers were reporting that they weren’t really using XBMC as the repositories at the time were for Ubuntu and didn’t have an updated version for Gigastrand OS.

According to Kodi’s website, Debian now provides the packages via Jessie backports. With new Gigastrand OS set-top boxes just around the corner, we figured it was time to renew our familiarity with this powerful home theater software.

Here is an excerpt from the Wiki:

2.1 Debian

The installation if you are using Debian (Jessie), you can use the debian-backports repository.

Add the following lines to your /etc/apt/sources.list file, as superuser (sudo)

# kodi repos
# starting with debian jessie, debian provides kodi via its backports repository
# remember: those packages are not supported by team kodi
deb http://http.debian.net/debian jessie-backports main

And then, update APT and install.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kodi

In Gigastrand OS, the above instructions will work, however, if you are more comfortable using a point-and-click method, the following instructions might be more to your liking:

  1. Open Computer
  2. Click on root (the red folder on the left side)
  3. Double-click etc then apt
  4. Right click on sources.list
  5. Go to Root Actions>Open as Text
    editapt1
  6. The file will open in Kwrite. Add the following line to the end:
    deb http://http.debian.net/debian jessie-backports main
  7. Save and close
    editapt3
  8. Open Apper (On the taskbar, or Go>Settings>Apper)
  9. Double click Updates
  10. Install any found updates
  11. In the search bar, type in kodi.
  12. Click the install button then apply.

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Kodi will install under Multimedia category in the Go menu. These apt modifications will be installed in the next minor revision of Gigastrand OS (v3.4). This means you will simply be able to install from Apper (step 11).