What’s Behind the Move to OpenOffice.org, Can OpenOffice Replace MS-Office?

January 15, 2010 · 2 Comments
Filed under: Featured, General, Windows 
With more than 100 million downloads in the past year alone, OpenOffice.org has clearly impressed enterprise IT managers worldwide. If you still haven’t made your move to OpenOffice, maybe it’s time to take a closer look.

It’s a paradox. Many of the same IT managers who have embraced open source software for everything from development projects to mission-critical systems are still shelling out big bucks to Microsoft for proprietary “personal productivity” software.

With OpenOffice, you can have all the features of Microsoft Office for zero cost. So why not do something more productive with your budget?

Maybe you’re feeling locked in. Maybe you don’t believe there’s a high-quality open source alternative available. Or maybe you are aware of the momentum behind OpenOffice.org but are unsure how to get started with the migration process.

Let’s take a closer look at the reasons behind the accelerating adoption of OpenOffice.org, so you can make a more informed decision about your own migration opportunity.

OpenOffice.org: Open Source at its finest

OpenOffice.org is the open-source, multi-platform, multilingual productivity suite that’s free to download and free to use. It is a shining example of the advantages of the open source model, and that’s why it has been downloaded more than 100 million times in the past year alone.

Simply put, OpenOffice.org delivers not only sophisticated functionality but also a new form of liberty. You are free to use OpenOffice.org for any purpose; you can modify the software for your specific purposes; and you can pass it along to anyone you please — with no cost and no fear of legal entanglements. (For a full discussion of the advantages of the open source model, read Open Source: Where We’ve Been and Where It’s Headed by Sun CIO Bob Worrall in this issue.)

Because it’s open source, the immediate cost savings of OpenOffice.org can be huge — and the savings can be even higher over time. For example, Microsoft charges extra license fees for additional machines belonging to the same user; OpenOffice.org licensing is free for unlimited use. So even if you purchase commercially supported versions of OpenOffice.org, such as StarOffice and StarSuite, you can cut your costs significantly — and use the savings to fund new IT initiatives.

The open source model also makes enhancements to the software more accessible. OpenOffice.org software is enhanced and updated continuously — by a global community of more than 10,000 enthusiastic developers, not just a single vendor. So you have free, unfettered access to all software improvements right away, again at no cost. And you can draw on the expertise of the OpenOffice.org community for support when you need it, or you have the option of purchasing commercial support.

Can OpenOffice.org really replace Microsoft Office?

100 million downloads can’t be wrong. OpenOffice.org provides word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases, and more. It can read and write Microsoft Office files. It is available in more than 90 languages and works with many different operating systems. More than 450 free add-ons (extensions) are available.

100 million downloads can’t be wrong. OpenOffice.org provides word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases, and more.

And the latest features, capabilities, and enhancements have made OpenOffice.org even more useful. For example, start-up performance has improved by 40% in OpenOffice.org 3.2, so files pop open right away. Usability features have also improved — everything works consistently between applications, even the help system. And OpenOffice now stores all your data in an ISO standard format and can read and write files from other common office software packages.

Equally important, Sun offers indemnified and supported versions of OpenOffice.org with its StarOffice and StarSuite packages, so you can get patches, hot fixes, and support when you need it. In addition, if you prefer to stay on OpenOffice.org, Sun offers enterprise-class support and services for OpenOffice.org as well.

Who’s using OpenOffice.org?

Enterprises, governments, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and free/open source software (F/OSS) groups around the world have migrated to OpenOffice.org. The software is in use in companies as large as Sun, Novell, Red Hat, the ICICI Bank of India, and Banca Popolare di Milano, and in government offices from Brazil to Malaysia to the Bristol City Council in the UK. OpenOffice is especially popular in schools and universities, from SchoolNet Namibia to the University of the Philippines to Brandon Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia and schools across New South Wales, Australia.

Sun offers indemnified and supported versions of OpenOffice.org with its StarOffice and StarSuite packages, so you can get patches, hot fixes, and support when you need it.

Consider just a couple of recent examples:

  • The administration of the Italian city of Bologna has migrated 3600 PCs to OpenOffice.org. This municipality now plans to include free and open source software in all parts of its IT infrastructure and says this will result in significant cost savings. “We expect to save some 160,000 euro,” said Massimo Carnevali, IT manager of the municipality.” And this is not just about saving money,” added Sergio Lo Giudice, leader of the local Democratic party (PD). “We also see this as a way to build lasting relationships with small and medium sized business in the region.” The move to OpenOffice is also considered a strategic step, preparing the way for the city to also use this type of software for other desktop client applications.
  • The Danish municipality of Gribskov has saved about 270,000 euro over the past two years by switching the public administration and schools to OpenOffice, according to Michel van den Linden, responsible for IT in the municipality. These savings are not just on procurement, but include savings on maintenance and support. Van den Linden said another reason to switch to OpenOffice was to increase competition among vendors of applications that are linked to the office suites. “Starting a new municipality meant we had to renegotiate all our contracts, and we could make new demands, including support for the Open Document Format (ODF).” Van den Linden said he expects that Denmark’s deciding on open IT standards will lead to increasing competition. “There will be competition on services that add value, instead of battling for standards. Wherever the IT market is not functioning well, it will feel the pressure from open source.”

Here’s a current list of major deployments.

Expert migration assistance

The platform-independent architecture of OpenOffice.org allows for a smooth and easy transition to a non-Windows operating system, and this can open additional cost-saving opportunities from your migration to OpenOffice.org.

To help you get started on your path to OpenOffice.org, Sun experts offer the following migration roadmap and advice:

1. Implement a pilot phase. OpenOffice.org is compatible with Microsoft Office, but a pilot can help you identify how the differences between the applications will impact both end users and IT staff and help ensure that everything works as expected.

2. Create an inventory of tools and Microsoft Office-dependent solutions. Many CRM, ERP, and other business applications may depend on or provide interfaces to Microsoft Office, and you’ll need to identify them so that you can get them to work with OpenOffice.org.

3. Identify documents and macros that are still in use. Chances are many existing documents, templates, and business applications in your organization are no longer in use, so the migration to OpenOffice.org provides an opportunity for “house cleaning” — removal of old files and templates from Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

4. Organize the migration team. Your project team can define the post-migration environment, including scope of the project, priorities, trade-offs, employee needs, available resources, and time frames.

5. Convert workflow-critical documents, templates, and macros. If you have a small number of documents and templates, you can automate the conversion process with the built-in Document Converter AutoPilot; alternatively the StarOffice 9 Server is an option.

6. Get training and support. The training can be short since the user interface of OpenOffice.org is familiar; there is a wide range of on-site and online options available. More information is provided in the Sun OpenOffice.org Learning Path.

Get more details

Sun has prepared a Migration White Paper to step you through the process of migrating from Microsoft Office to OpenOffice.org or StarOffice 9. The paper covers the potential benefits of the migration, the migration process itself, and a number of scenarios and case studies for companies of all types and sizes.

Ubuntu 9.10 with ext4. How to dual boot with Windows 7

November 1, 2009 · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Featured, Ubuntu, Windows 

So I was perfectly able to dual boot either Intrepid or Jaunty with Windows (Vista or 7).

I am trying to install Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) in one of my partitions using ext4 file system and dual boot it with Windows. No luck so far!

The process, as I was used to,:

1. Install Windows
2. Install Ubuntu (install grub)
3. Boot up with Ubuntu
4. Edit menu.lst and add an entry for Windows
5. Enjoy it.

This time, with Karmic, it will not install GRUB. I don’t know what the problem is.

I understand that Karmic comes with GRUB 2.0. Is this the problem?

For your information, I am using the x64 alternate install disc since I am using a SATA RAID0 drive for my OS’s.

Any help will be appreciated.

try this

just use a dang rescuecd….or knoppix or whatever live cd and install grub nonbeta by doing this

once in the live cd open up a terminal then put:

#this will return where the grub beta is setup at...
find /boot/grub/stage1
root (hd0,X)
#then put in for X whatever the number it returns where grub is setup

setup (hd0)


then reboot and you should be good…

if you wana keep grub 2 beta then do this for windows

just use chainloader so…

title Windows whatever
chainloader +1

what the rootnoverify command does is because windows partitions (ntfs) cannot be seen/accessed by grub thus you use that command to leap of faith boot that partition without verifying that anything is there..this should work…

i would say don’t use beta grub2 until it is stable so do the first setup then edit menu.lst with the second part then you are good…

if there is anyother issues with setting up grub with windows partition just use man grub and it should give you some references to go off of….or look it up with grub commands and help with menu.lst but if you were using grub 1 you won’t need to do anything usually with grub in ubuntu it loads everything automagically r


x2 4600+ @2.6ghz

x2 6400+ @ 3.5ghz

When you say “I wrote a program that crashed Windows”, people just stare at you blankly and say “Hey, I got those with the system, *for free*”
-Linus Torvalds
“How should I know if it works? That’s what beta testers are for. I only coded it.”
-Linus Torvalds

Be warned that typing \fBkillall \fIname\fP may not have the desired effect on non-Linux systems, especially when done by a privileged user.
-killall man page

NPS Useless with Win 7 ? – Android

October 25, 2009 · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Featured, Kernal, Linux, Mobile App, Ubuntu, Windows 

I must say that I was a bit dissapointed today, when I got my I7500 android device, and wanted to imediatley check for upgrades, and sync with computer. The NPS CD in the box was aged, so I uppgraded from Samsung.com ( Version 1.3.0 IH4). So I have 2 issues with this software

1) It does not install succesfully on my Windows 7 64-bit machine
2) It installs on my windows 7 32-bit, but it does not “connect” with the i7500. I can see that the two storage devices, and it is impossible to “connect” the phone.

Does anyone know of samsungs plans to release a suite for Win7, and also for plans and timelines for 1.6 or 2.0 firmware upgrade from samsung. Or would I be better off to just run this device in Dev mode ?

My I7500 has 1.5 running I7500XXII8. In advance, thanks.

How to Get Windows 7 Like Taskbar {DockbarX}

October 21, 2009 · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Featured, Ubuntu, Windows, Windows 7 

I used dozens of docks on Linux and Windows, and as you know there are really good docks like AWN, Gnome-Do with docky interface, cairo dock, kiba-dock and so on linux.Today i tried DockbarX and fall in love :) . It is like Windows 7’s taskbar except windows’ previews, and you can use it with AWN (i did not try this but i will write the installation guide).Since i am using one gnome panel, it is better for me to delete all the docks i have and add it to my top panel (I am using 12″ notebook with Ubuntu Karmic Koala so i gain more visual space with this task bar ;) ).You can read the features and changelog from here.You can use experimental or stable build, you can install it from Scott Barnes’s Launchpad repository, or you can compile latest branch.Since it is actively developed, the package at Launchpad repository is a little old and at this howto we will compile(we won’t even compile, just a couple of cp commands :) ) it from branch.
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For the ones who want to install ubuntu package or from repository, here is Scott’s repository :


For the others who want to install from the branch, let’s start :

We are going to create a SVN/DockbarX directory on your home, and install required packages :

$mkdir -p ~/SVN/DockbarX
$sudo apt-get install bzr python-gnome2-desktop python-numpy

Now navigate to ~/SVN/DockbarX and download the branch :

$cd ~/SVN/DockbarX && bzr branch https://code.launchpad.net/~dockbar-main/dockbar/experimental && cd experimental

Instead of compiling we will move a couple of files, and create some directories etc :

$sudo cp dockbarx.py /usr/bin/
$sudo cp GNOME_DockBarXApplet.server /usr/lib/bonobo/servers/

Now we will create a folder (~/.dockbar) and copy launcher_icon.png to this folder.For sistem wide installation you can copy it to /usr/share/pixmaps/dockbar (create if it does not exist : $sudo mkdir -p /usr/share/pixmaps/dockbar ) :

$mkdir ~/.dockbar && cp launcher_icon.png ~/.dockbar

After this, right click to a gnome panel, and select “Add to Panel”.Then select Dockbar Applet and click “Add”.You can move it to anywhere you want and you can find its preferences menu via right clicking the applet.

Here are some screenshots from Karmic Koala with Windows 7 theme (default properties , i did not touch anything at preferences for now.If it looks ugly, please blame the author of the Windows Vista icon pack :) ) :

AWN installation guide (i did not try this, i am taking it from gnome-look’s page) :
1. Do a normal install (no need to add dockbarx to panel if you don’t want to, of course).

2. Copy everything from the AWN folder to ~/.config/awn/applets
3. Remove original taskbar/launcher applet from awn (optional, but recommended)
4. Set ‘Icon offset’ parameter to 0!
5. Restart AWN
6. Add DockBar applet

7. if you need wallpaper  downlowd WallpaperPack click here

Windows Task Manager Tabs and Menu Bar Missing or Disappear

October 18, 2009 · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Featured, Windows, Windows OS 

When opening or running Task Manager, the Task Manager top-level menu bar and tabs may be missing and disappeared from its window. Typically, Task Manager has the menu bar which has File, Options, View and Help pull-down options, and various tabs to display and show details on Applications, Processes, Services, Performance, Networking and Users. The problem is now all these menus and tabs are gone missing.

Actually, the clean Task Manager with ‘missing tabs and menus’ user interface is not an error nor a bug. In fact, it’s a feature of Windows.
Task Manager to run in tiny foot-print compact mode. In compact mode, not only the menu bar and tabs are hidden, the top and bottom window border frames which contains Minimize, Maximize and Quit/Exit buttons and status bar also go into hidden and not visible.

In fact, anybody can cause Task Manager to go into small footprint mode by simply double clicking on the empty space around the border and empty space in the border around the tabs of Task Manager. The area to double click to switch to tiny footprint mode is illustrated in the figure below in red color

To revert and restore Task Manager to default full mode and get the menu options, tabs, status bar and other buttons back, just double click on the empty area around the border of Task Manager window again. See illustration below with area in blue for the location to double click.re the red-mark is present).

Feature-By-Feature: Ubuntu 9.10 Vs. Windows 7

October 14, 2009 · 1 Comment
Filed under: Featured, Ubuntu, Windows, Windows OS 

Ubuntu 9.10 Desktop

Karmic Koala’s desktop should be familiar to Windows users. Right-click menu shortcuts and personalizing the desktop features are similar to Windows 7. The desktop still isn’t as “glitzy” as Windows 7, but users can get the eye candy of Windows 7 with a fast graphics card and can choose the “Extra” settings in Ubuntu 9.10’s “Appearance Preferences.”

Ubuntu’s Command Line Interface

Experienced Linux users are familiar with the command line. One can argue that it’s Windows that is the one getting up to speed with the power of the command line, especially with Server 2008’s Power Shell. Here is the Terminal screen in Ubuntu 9.10, which provides a robust environment for executing scripts and commands.

E-mail And Calendaring

Ubuntu 9.10 comes with an e-mail and calendaring client with features that are available only in Outlook and not in Outlook Express. Evolution mail client and calendar can be used to sync up IMAP and SMTP e-mail accounts. Users can import vCards, .csv, vCalendar and other messaging file formats into Evolution.

E-mail And Calendaring

No surprise here. Ubuntu’s answer to Windows 7’s Internet Explorer is Firefox version 3.5.3.

A user would have to have a locally installed full version of Microsoft Office to get the same feature set provided by Openoffice.org’s Impress, Writer and Spreadsheet, all of which are installed by default with Ubuntu 9.10.

Ubuntu’s ‘App Store’
Perhaps more of a feature associated with Apple than Windows, Ubuntu 9.10 replaces the Add/Remove feature in the Applications menu with the more contemporary Ubuntu Software Center, with the big exception being that the software is free.
System Testing

Ubuntu's 'App Store'
System Testing
Microsoft beefed up system problem detection and remediation in Windows 7 with the Troubleshooting feature in the Control Panel. Ubuntu has its own troubleshooter in the form of “System Testing.” This utility tests a variety of components such as audio and video for problems and suggests configuration changes to optimize performance. System Monitor
System Monitor is Ubuntu’s counterpart to Windows’ Performance Monitor. As in Performance Monitor, System Monitor allows users to track processes and system resources such as CPU usage and network traffic. Network Tools
Ubuntu 9.10 comes with a native Network Tools client that gives users a bit more information about network status than is available within the Windows 7 GUI alone, such as Port Scans. Terminal Services
Ubuntu 9.10 has both a Terminal Services client and Remote Desktop. Here, we are using Terminal Services to remotely and effortlessly connect to a Windows Server 2008 machine.
Terminal Services

Configuring Windows 2000 IIS for CGI

December 15, 2008 · Leave a Comment
Filed under: CGI, Featured, Windows 

· Install Windows Internet Information Server (IIS) (Windows XP screen shots)

  1. Start > Settings > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs
  2. Add/Remove Windows Components

Check the box for Internet Information Server (IIS); click the “Details…” button to select IIS components:

Windows XP

These are the components I installed, however you should not need FTP or SMTP if you only want to test CGI scripts:

Windows XP

Windows XP



Test the Server

  1. Assumptions:
    • %SystemDrive% = C: <!–
    • %SystemRoot% = C:WINNT –>
    • %UserDomain% = LOCALHOST

Use the SET command in a Command Prompt window to check your settings.
Make applicable adjustments if %SystemDrive% or %UserDomain% have different values on your system.

  1. Create a simple HTML document in the default server directory.

server_test.html in the default server directory C:Inetpubwwwroot

<title>Server Test</title>
<!-- server_test.html -->
The server is working
  1. Enter http://localhost/server_test.html in your browser to test the server

If the IIS is installed and working you should see your test document displayed in the browser:

Testing Internet Information Server (IIS)

· [TOP]


Install Perl

Download a current Perl binary distribution from www.activestate.com
The following are direct download links for ActiveState’s binaries for recent major versions of Perl. You may want to install more than one version depending on your need/desire to have a version compatible with the Perl you use on a Unix system.

Other ActiveState links:

See Introduction to Perl for additional information about installing ActivePerl and other Perl binary distributions on Windows operating systems.



Configure the Server

  1. See assumptions under “Test the Server” and make adjustments as necessary
  2. You must be logged on as Administrator to configure IIS
  3. The default location for CGI scripts is C:InetpubScripts
  4. The URL to access scripts is http://localhost/scripts/script_name
  5. Start > Settings > Control Panel > Administrative Tools Internet Services Manager
    Note: You may find it convenient to drag the Internet Services Manager menu item to the Desktop with the right mouse button and create a shortcut.
  6. Click on the “+” to expand *localhost in the left pane

Right-click and select Start or Stop as required to start or stop services.

Starting and Stopping localhost services

  1. You only need Default Web Site to test CGI scripts. For security reasons you probably want to stop the services except when you are testing scripts so your server is not open to the Internet if you have an “always on” connection.

Click on Default Web Site in the left pane to expand all the items in the right pane; right-click
on the Scripts folder and select Properties;

Click the “Create” button in the Virtual Directory tab so that the “Configuration” button is available (the “Create” button will change to “Remove”:

IIS Virtual Directory tab after clicking 'create'

  1. Click the “Configuration” button and look for Perl file extensions in the App Mappings tab (usually .pl and .plx)
    If you are using a Perl binary other than ActiveState, or if you installed ActivePerl from a ZIP file rather than the Windows installer, the extensions for Perl source files will probably not be present, in which case use the “Add” button to add a new mapping

Select the .pl extension and click the “Edit” button or, if no Perl extensions were listed, click the “Add” button.

Perl and Python extensions in the Virtual Directory App Mappings tab

Edit or Add a new Application Extension Mapping as follows:

Perl extensions in the Virtual Directory App Mappings tab

j. Notes:

    • Edit the path to your Perl executable as required.
      You may have multiple Perl installations; edit the path to reflect the installation/version you are currently using.
    • The ActivePerl installation does not include the -T switch to perl.exe as shown; however it must be part of the command line if you use it in the shebang line in your scripts.
      If you are adding a new extension mapping be sure to include the -T switch.
    • If adding a new Application Extension Mapping be sure to enter the fields exactly as shown. Note in particular the arguments “%s” %s. I cannot find any definitive documentation for the syntax, but this is what works.



Test the Server and CGI

Create a simple Perl script named cgi_test.pl in C:InetpubScripts as follows:

#!/usr/bin/perl -T
# cgi_test.pl
use warnings;
print "content-type: text/htmlnn";
    # Important! extra blank line after header
print "CGI is working";
  1. Enter http://localhost/scripts/cgi_test.pl in your browser

If CGI and the Perl script are working you should see the following displayed in the browser:

Testing CGI

c. Notes:

    • Under Windows and IIS the path information in the shebang line is not required or used;
      #!perl -T
      is perfectly valid.
    • However. if you are testing scripts that will ultimately be uploaded to a Unix server you may want to use the same shebang that your Unix server requires, such as
      #!/usr/bin/perl -T
      Windows will read the command line switches and ignore the path.



Internet Services Manager “Run As” Shortcut

You want to be able to manage IIS, such as starting and stopping services, but do not want to log off your user account, log on as Administrator to do a simple task, then log off and back on to your user account again. And you definitely do not want to do your daily development work in the Administrator account.

You could navigate to Internet Services Manager via the Start Menu, press the shift key while right-clicking on the Internet Services Manager menu item, and get the “Run As” prompt; however, better to create a shortcut to do all that for you.

  1. From your normal user account create a shortcut to Internet Services Manager
  2. Start > Settings > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Internet Services Manager
  3. Holding down the right mouse button drag the Internet Services Manager menu item onto the Desktop and select “Create Shortcut(s) Here”

Right-click on the shortcut, select properties, and check the “Advanced” button.

Check “Run with different credentials”

Run with different credentials

When you use the shortcut you will be prompted for the user account and password to run the application. The default is Administrator, which is usually what you want.

Run As Other User



Create new IIS Virtual Directory

You want to be able to create, add, and edit scripts, however you do not want to do your development work under the Administrator account; and you do not want to log out of your user account, log on as Administrator to copy files to the default scripts folder, then log back on to your user account. Solution: create a IIS Virtual Directory that is accessible from your user account.

  1. Open the Internet Services Manager snap-in and create a new Virtual Directory
  2. Right-click on Default Web Site in the l

    eft pane, select New > Virtual Directory

  3. Work through the Virtual Directory Creation Wizard

Choose a Virtual Directory Alias (this will be the path following the LOCALHOST domain: http://localhost/usr-cgi

Virtual Directory Alias

Choose a Web Site Content Directory where you have access from your normal user account.

Virtual Directory Creation

When you get to the Access Permissions step in the Wizard be sure to check the “Execute…” box in addition to the Read and Run boxes already checked by default.

Virtual Directory Access Permissions

  1. After you have created the new virtual directory you must also configure it just like the Default Directory above. See 4. Configure the Server above.

Warn if not Subject in outlook mail

July 12, 2008 · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Featured, Windows 

This is really useful………

Forgot to mention subject, while writing an official mail and feel bad later???????

Yes…. It’s a concern for all…. A mail without a subject brings a bad impression on us.

To avoid this, Just follow the simple steps mentioned below and see the result.

Here below are the steps: –

1. Open your outlook

2. Press Alt+F11. This opens the Visual Basic editor

3. On the Left Pane, one can see “Microsoft Outlook Objects” or “Project1″, expand this. Now one can see the “ThisOutLookSession”.

4. Double click on “ThisOutLookSession”. It will open up a code pane.

5. Copy and Paste the following code in the right pane. (Code Pane)


Private Sub Application_ItemSend(ByVal Item As Object, Cancel As Boolean)

Dim strSubject As String

strSubject = Item.Subject

If Len(Trim(strSubject)) = 0 Then

Prompt$ = “Subject is Empty. Are you sure you want to send the Mail?”

If MsgBox(Prompt$, vbYesNo + vbQuestion + vbMsgBoxSetForeground, “Check for Subject”) = vbNo Then

Cancel = True

End If

End If

End Sub


6. Save this and now close the VB Code editor.

From now on, this macro will make sure you do not make the mistake of sending a mail without a subject.

Web stats- Urchin

This software is used to track the logs of IIS and apache and displays reports.

  • In-house Flexibility: Configure Urchin to fit your specific requirements and process/reprocess log files as frequently as you wish.
  • Great for intranets: Analyze firewall-protected content, such as corporate intranets, without any outside internet connection.
  • Pagetags or IP+User Agent: Choose which methodology works best for you. You can even have the pagetags make a call to your Google Analytics account and run both products together allowing you to audit the pre and post processed data.
  • Advanced Visitor Segmentation: Cross segment visitor behavior by language, geographic location, and other factors.
  • Geo-targeting: Find out where your visitors come from and which markets have the greatest profit potential.
  • Funnel Visualization: Eliminate conversion bottlenecks and reduce the numbers of prospects who drift away unconverted.
  • Complete Conversion Metrics: See ROI, revenue per click, average visitor value and more.
  • Keyword Analysis: Compare conversion metrics across search engines and keywords.
  • A/B Test Reporting: Test banner ads, emails, and keywords and fine-tune your creative content for better results.
  • Ecommerce Analytics: Trace transactions to campaigns and keywords, get loyalty and latency metrics, and see product merchandising reports.
  • Search engine robots, server errors and file type reports: Get the stuff that only log data can report on.
  • Visitor History Drilldown: dig into visitor behavior with the ability to view session/path, platform, geo-location, browser/platform, etc. data on an individual-visitor basis (note: this data is anonymous).
Feature Urchin 6 Google Analytics
Install and manage on your own servers Yes No
Can be used on firewall-protected corporate intranets Yes No
Reprocess historical data (from logfiles) Yes No
Can process/re-process your log files locally Yes No
Can collect information through tags No Yes
Reports on robot/spider activity Yes No
Reports on server errors/status codes Yes No
Tightly integrated with AdWords No Yes
Can report on paid search campaigns Yes Yes
Ecommerce/Conversion reporting Yes Yes
Geotargeting Yes Yes
Free No Yes
Visitor session/navigation path analyses Yes No
Raw data accessible for custom report-building Yes No
Exclusively supported by authorized consultants Yes No


Web Statistics -AWStats

July 2, 2008 · 1 Comment
Filed under: Apache, Featured, IIS, Linux, Perl, Web Statistics, Windows, Windows OS 

AWStats is short for Advanced Web Statistics. AWStats is powerful log analyzer which creates advanced web, ftp, mail
and streaming server statistics reports based on the rich data contained in server logs. Data is graphically presented in
easy to read web pages.
Designed with flexibility in mind, AWStats can be run through a web browser CGI (common gateway interface) or directly
from the operating system command line. Through the use of intermediary data base files, AWStats is able to quickly
process large log files, as often desired. With support for both standard and custom log format definitions, AWStats can
analyze log files from Apache (NCSA combined/XLF/ELF or common/CLF log format), Microsoft’s IIS (W3C log format),
WebStar and most web, proxy, wap and streaming media servers as well as ftp and mail server logs.

AWStats’ reports include a wide range of information on your web site usage:
* Number of Visits, and number of Unique visitors.
* Visit duration and latest visits.
* Authenticated Users, and latest authenticated visits.
* Usage by Months, Days of week and Hours of the day (pages, hits, KB).
* Domains/countries (and regions, cities and ISP with Maxmind proprietary geo databases) of visitor’s hosts (pages, hits, KB,
269 domains/countries detected).
* Hosts list, latest visits and unresolved IP addresses list.
* Most viewed, Entry and Exit pages.
* Most commonly requested File types.
* Web Compression statistics (for Apache servers using mod_gzip or mod_deflate modules).
* Visitor’s Browsers (pages, hits, KB for each browser, each version, 123 browsers detected: Web, Wap, Streaming Media
browsers…, around 482 with the “phone browsers” database).
* Visitor’s Operating Systems (pages, hits, KB for each OS, 45 OS detected).
* Robots visits, including search engine crawlers (381 robots detected).
* Search engines, Keywords and Phrases used to find your site (The 122 most famous search engines are detected like
Yahoo, Google, Altavista, etc…)
* HTTP Errors (Page Not Found with latest referrer, …).
* User defined reports based on url, url parameters, referrer (referer) fields extend AWStats’ capabilities to provide even
greater technical and marketing information.
* Number of times your site is added to Bookmarks / Favorites.
* Screen size (to capture this, some HTML tags must be added to a site’s home page).
* Ratio of integrated Browser Support for: Java, Flash, Real G2 player, Quicktime reader, PDF reader, WMA reader (as
above, requires insertion of HTML tags in site’s home page).
* Cluster distribution for load balanced servers.
In addition, AWStats provides the following:
* Wide range of log formats. AWStats can analyze: Apache NCSA combined (XLF/ELF) or common (CLF) log files,
Microsoft IIS log files (W3C), WebStar native log files and other web, proxy, wap, streaming media, ftp and mail server log
files. See AWStats F.A.Q. for examples.
* Reports can be run from the operating system command line and from a web browser as a CGI (common gateway
interface). In CGI mode, dynamic filter capabilities are available for many charts.
* Statistics update can be run from a web browser as well as scheduled for automatic processing.
* Unlimited log file size
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* Load balancing system split log files.
* Support ‘nearly sorted’ log files, even for entry and exit pages.
* Reverse DNS lookup before or during analysis; supports DNS cache files.
* Country detection from IP location (geoip) or domain name.
* Plugins for US/Canadian Regions, Cities and major countries regions, ISP and/or Organizations reports (require non free
third product geoipregion, geoipcity, geoipisp and/or geoiporg database).
* WhoIS lookup links.
* Vast array of configurable options/filters and plugins supported.
* Modular design supports inclusion of addition features via plugins.
* Multi−named web sites supported (virtual servers, great for web−hosting providers).
* Cross Site Scripting Attacks protection.
* Reports available in many international languages. See AWStats F.A.Q. for full list. Users can provide files for additional
languages not yet available.
* No need for esoteric perl libraries. AWStats works with all basic perl interpreters.
* Dynamic reports through a CGI interface.
* Static reports in one or framed HTML or XHTML pages; experimental PDF export through 3rd party “htmldoc” software.
* Customize look and color scheme to match your site design; with or without CSS (cascading style sheets).
* Help and HTML tooltips available in reports.
* Easy to use − all configuration directives are confined to one file for each site.
* Analysis database can be stored in XML format for easier use by external applications, like XSLT processing (one xslt
transform example provided).
* A Webmin module is supplied.
* Absolutely free (even for web hosting providers); source code is included (GNU General Public License).
* Works on all platforms with Perl support.
* AWStats has a XML Portable Application Description.
AWStats usage has the following requirements:
* You must have access to the server logs for the reporting you want to perform (web/ftp/mail).
* You must be able to run perl scripts (.pl files) from command line and/or as a CGI. If not, you can solve this by
downloading latest Perl version at ActivePerl (Win32) or Perl.com (Unix/Linux/Other).

reference : http://awstats.sourceforge.net/