Tuesday, January 31, 2017

netOS 10.65 Released

Today we are pleased to announce the release of netOS 10.65. netOS 10.65 is the emerging standard in enterprise desktop Linux computing in both businesses and in schools.  netOS for Education is targeted at K-12 installations, while netOS 10.65 for Enterprise is targeted at businesses and institutes of higher learning.

With netOS 10.65 we worked on several different aspects of the operating system.  We worked on security, flexibility and usability.  netOS 10.65 runs on a much wider variety of hardware, runs a much wider variety of peripherals and runs on much more enterprise class hardware.

Current customers can download the new release from the digital locker

Some of the new features that are included netOS 10.65 are:

Runs on the 16.04 LTS base

1.  Unity and GNOME hybrid Image.  Some of our customers have come from Ubuntu and Unity, we now feature the full Unity desktop so all of your custom dash lenses will work on netOS now, also applications that you wrote for Ubuntu utilizing their UI style such as the SDI elements, dash and HUD integration will work unmodified.  For those of that dislike Unity, you can choose GNOME from the login manager

2.  Canonical compatibility - Any Canonical specific services you deploy are 100% compatible with netOS 10.65.  Landscape and SNAP packages will work unmodified.

3. RHEL compatibility.  netOS 10.65 can host YUM repositories and with RPM built in all RPM packages will install.  Compatibility is for RHEL 6.5/7.x

4. .NET Core - netOS is the ONLY enterprise Linux distribution that has full support for .NET Core, our competitors only have limited support.

5.  MS SQL Server support - netOS fully supports SQL Server on Linux.  This includes development and deployment.

6. LibreOffice 5.2.5

7. EncFS fixed - We have applied all fixes to EncFS and encrypted folders

8. Nitroshare

9.  Firefox 51.01

10.  Bleachbit

11.  Linux kernel 4.4.0-59

12.  GNOME components  3.18.5

13.  GTK 3.22

14.  ICE SSB to create any localized web apps that you wish

15.  Google Drive Integration

16. Virtual Machine integration

We also include all security updates until January 27, 2017

Education customers which is a giant focus of ours also get a few new features themselves

1. Gcompris Educations Suite

2. Terminal Client and Server functionality

3. Google Classroom support

4. Calibre Digital Textbook management

5.  Synergy support

6.  Ardesia Desktop sketchpad support

Minimum System Requirements

64 Bit Intel or AMD CPU
1.5 gb of RAM
10 gb HDD
Keyboard and mouse
Touchscreen Interface

As always we added new systems that we support.  netOS 10.65 and Black Lab Linux are certified by us to run on this hardware and these models are as follows:

Google Search Appliance - Dell PowerEdge R710 - Both the 2U and 5U models.  We support netOS 10.65 desktop and server on these systems due to Google cancellation of their search appliance  for enterprise we realize some customers have need to re-deploy that hardware.

All models of the Intel NUC including but not limited to:

Intel® NUC NUC7i7BNH
Intel® NUC NUC7i5BNH
Intel® NUC NUC7i5BNK
Intel® NUC NUC7i3BNH
Intel® NUC NUC7i3BNK

We also support the Microsoft Surface family of products including:

Surface 4
Surface Studio

** Please note we do NOT support the Surface Dial at this time.

We support the following Chromebooks:

Chromebook Pixel 1
Chromebook Pixel 2
ASUS Flip C301SA/C300SA
Samsung Chromebook, Samsung Chromebook Pro


You can download netOS Express 10.65 from our download pages.  Express is a cut down release of the main OS that can be used for general desktop purposes.  netOS Express edition has the following features disabled:

No drivers for Surface or MacBook stand alone installation
No Skype telecommunications built in
No Virtual Machine Integration
No re-bootless kernel updating
No bleachbit support
No XFS, ZFS or BTRFS support
No formal support, forum and Social Media support only

You can download netOS Express 10.65 from here



Cost was something we take very heavily into consideration when serving Enterprise and Education customers.  We try very hard to keep pace with our competitors and new emerging technologies.  When you buy new systems from us preloaded you get a full 2 years of software support from us.  You can order netOS 10.65 below or from our webstore.

netOS Enterprise Licensing
Install Media
Order notes

netOS Education Licensing
Install Media
Order notes

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Chrome OS and CloudReady devices now available

Today we are pleased to announce the availability of multiple Chrome OS and CloudReady Devices.

CloudReady Devices

Chrome OS Devices

We are offering these devices in conjunction with our own desktop and server offerings for customers in the education, enterprise and consumer markets.

Some of the benefits you get from PC/OpenSystems LLC:

Very competitive pricing
4 year warranty on desktops
3 year warranty on notebooks
35% off on 4 year trade in on Chrome OS devices
Full interoperability with Black Lab Server

We also offer multiple unit shipments and we offer 48 hour shipment of devices.

You can find out more about CloudReady from Neverware


You can find out more about Chrome OS from Google


We sat down with Roberto Dohnert to discuss the new Chrome OS and CloudReady systems that we have available.

Q)  Why Chrome OS and why CloudReady?
A) Chromebooks and Chrome devices have a pretty good standing in businesses like education and the financial sector and our customers have asked for them so we are delivering.  Chrome OS devices though are limited in their hardware.  Most Chrome OS devices have 4 gb of RAM and a 16 gb SSD or eMMC Flash drive.  The most high end I have seen has a 128 gb SSD with 16 GB of RAM and they dont offer much in terms of expansion thats why we offer CloudReady devices they are nearly identical to Chrome OS in functionality AND the devices we offer have expansion options.  You can upgrade the SSD's and upgrade the RAM.

Q) Doesnt Neverware charge for CloudReady and what about Android apps on CloudReady devices?
A) Thats why I said nearly identical.  All business and Education users get one free year of licensing when you purchase the system, the license is in the box.  Google Device management licenses are sold separately.  We will manage the licensing and acquisition of licensing for customers if needed.  As for Android apps you will have to talk to Neverware about that.

Q) Are we discontinuing development of our desktop Linux offerings, Black Lab Linux and netOS?
A) No, these devices are for customers who deploy Chrome OS devices.  We still sell a lot of desktop Linux systems and that will not change.

Q) Will we be offering CloudReady as a standalone product?
A) No.  We will work with clients who want to deploy CloudReady on old hardware systems whether it be through installation or license acquisition.  Google doesnt offer Chrome OS as a generic system, which is a shame, but we will also assist customers in acquiring whatever hardware or software they need.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Black Friday and Holiday Sale

Today Nov 25 - Dec 17 we are having our black friday and cyber monday sales.  We have boxed sets of Black Lab Linux and several systems for sale.

Black Lab Enterprise Linux: $25.99 + tax + shipping
Black Lab Linux: $10.99 + tax + shipping

Black Lab tshirt and Black Lab Enterprise Linux: $65.99
Black Lab tshirt or hat and Black Lab Linux: $50.00

XXL tshirts plus $5.00

Black Lab Holiday sale
T-Shirt Sizes
Order Notes


Lenovo IdeaPad

Intel Pentium N3540 processor
4GB memory; 500GB hard drive
15.6" 720p HD display
Webcam, 4-in-1 card reader, WiFi

Price:  $300.00 USD

Lenovo IdeaPad
Order Notes

Desktop:  All Desktops come with a keyboard and mouse with displays optional

Acer Aspire XC-704G

Intel Celeron N3050 processor
4GB memory; 500GB hard drive
DVD writer drive
SD card reader, Ethernet

Price: $270.00 USD

22 inch Flat Display (optional) $185.99 USD

Black Lab Mini

Intel Atom Quad Core
2GB of DDR3L RAM and 32GB onboard memory
Built in microphone and 2.0 M camera
Built in WiFi
HDMI Output

Price: $200.00 USD (Ships after December 1st)

22 inch HDMI Flat Display (optional) $225.99 USD

Black Lab Desktops
Order Notes

3 year warranties are available for ALL hardware devices.  Please note all orders after December 12 2016 may not make it in time for Christmas day.  We will do our best but if you are ordering holiday gifts for family or friends we recommend ordering before December 5th.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

PC/OpenSuite and PC/OpenSDK updated for Ubuntu 16.04

Today we are releasing PC/OpenSuite and PC/OpenSDK for Ubuntu 16.04.  PC/OpenSuite for Ubuntu like PC/OpenSuite for Windows installs all productivity and system tools that are included in net/OS Enterprise.

PC/OpenSuite for Ubuntu contains the following applications:

Worker File Manager
Firewall Manager
GNOME Documents
GNOME Weather
exFAT filesystem drivers
Additional Audio and Video codecs
New wallpapers and backgrounds

PC/OpenSDK for Ubuntu includes

Ubuntu SDK
Build Essential Tools
Eclipse 3.8
OpenJDK 8

PC/OpenSuite for Ubuntu and PC/OpenSDK for Ubuntu work on the following Ubuntu 16.04 Flavors:

Ubuntu 16.04 Unity
Ubuntu MATE 16.04
Ubuntu GNOME 16.04

They support the following processor platforms:


These installers are unsupported on all other Ubuntu derivatives.

You can download PC/OpenSuite for Ubuntu and PC/OpenSDK for Ubuntu from the following download server:

PC/OpenSuite for Ubuntu

PC/OpenSDK for Ubuntu

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PC/OpenSystems LLC. is a small consulting firm and the only Linux retailer in NC for Linux PC's and custom systems located in Franklinton North Carolina. We specialize in hardware repair and we resell custom Linux based computers, software maintenance as well as custom application development.