Monday, August 22, 2016

netOS here to stay

We have decided after much discussion that we will NOT be adopting the PC-UX name but instead will retain the netOS branding.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Introducing eXDE and PC-UX

At PC/OpenSystems we have been working on a modern take of the classic CDE desktop.   We have created a special variant of the XFCE desktop that is formulated to behave like that desktop and have named it eXDE, eXecutive Desktop Environment, for people who want to have a modern and very intuitive desktop experience.

We are making a special ISO of this variant available today via download.

Some features that this XFCE variant includes are:

App drawers
Icons are minimized to the desktop
Tasklist located on the shelf which shows running and minimized applications
Ability to create custom drawers
Right click applications menu
Middle click tasklist option

We also havent left out touch screen users and when utilized on a system you have the following options:

one tap access to the app drawers
long hold brings up the app menu
double tap on empty desktop space brings up the tasklist

We will have complete instructions and documentation by the time the final release is available.  PC-UX which is a new product from PC/OpenSystems will include eXDE by default and the unique product will contain two kernel options.  You will have the Linux kernel, and , you will have a release with the BSD kernel.  Linux users will have the same great Linux OS that we deliver and our UNIX customers will have the BSD kernel based on FreeBSD 10.  The experience on both will be the same.  Same great application lineup, same great desktop user experience and our BSD customers will have full availability of the Ports system, Jails, ZFS and other unique BSD only features.  The Linux kernel used is 14.04.5 LTS and we will be upgrading to 16.04 by next year.

The first Beta is released with the Linux kernel.  The second beta will be released with the BSD kernel and that will land in October.

You can download the first Beta here


Q) Why are we creating another product?
A) We have several customers who use our Linux based OS and we have customers who use BSD.  Currently for those customers we were offering Xinous OpenServer X and vanilla FreeBSD which complicated support.  So now they have one place that they can get product and support for ALL their product choices.

Q) Why do eXDE?
A) We thought it would be fun.  I was a huge fan of CDE when I was an AIX user and I thought it would be cool to offer a desktop layout that was reminiscent of that experience but put a bit of a modern touch on it.  One of our custom build clients had us do a customization like this and they told us we could release it so we did.

Q) Since we are stepping into the BSD market what does this mean for development of Black Lab Linux?
A) Black Lab Linux will continue to be developed as is.  We are making no changes to the Black Lab Linux development cycle.  BUT, we are also going to do something similar to what Debian has done and in February we will be launching the Black Lab BSD extension.  Which we will have the Black Lab Linux project and Black Lab BSD being developed at the same time.

Q) Are we in communication with the BSD community regarding our work on BSD?
A) No.  We are evaluating what can we bring to the BSD table.  Our focus is very much on the desktop so can we excel at desktop BSD like we have done with desktop Linux and do a better job than PC-BSD and GhostBSD, both excellent BSD distributions by the way, time will tell.  But our intentions are definitely to open dialogue with them and filter whatever changes we make back into that community.

Q) Will PC-UX be available as a free download?
A) Unknown at this time.  To purchase PC-UX you will need to purchase it on hardware as our unique two kernel option will run on specific hardware configurations.  Customers can get their hardware certified by sending us a test system and we can make sure it runs properly and is properly supported but for right now to get our BSD variant as a download you will have to wait for Black Lab BSD.

Q) What will happen to netOS Enterprise and Education?
A) Both will be absorbed into PC-UX and will be offered with the Linux and BSD optioon, but the app lineup wont change and customers who have netOS right now will be able to continue getting their updates through the update system and when we do ISO refreshes they will be defaulted to the Linux kernel unless they specifically ask for the BSD variant and for those with a support subscription that will be provided FREE of charge.  But that will happen sometime after the public release of PC-UX so netOS 8 Service Pack 1 will be delivered on time and fully supported.

Q) Will eXDE be delivered with Black Lab Linux?
A) Yes, we will offer eXDE with Black Lab Linux.  Users will have a choice in ISO, one with our conventional desktop and one with eXDE with Black Lab Linux 8.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

netOS Server 7 Service Pack 1 Released

Today, the development team at PC / Opensystems LLC is pleased to announce the release of netOS Server 7 Service Pack 1. netOS Server 7 SP1 picks up where Black Lab Server left off :  same great OS, same extensive feature set, but bundled with brand new hardware. netOS Server 7 SP1 is the ULTIMATE server platform, emphasizing usability and stability. Many of our clients run netOS Server with zero unplanned downtime. It is a perfect platform to create your own private cloud, deployed as a workgroup server or setup as a terminal services appliance.  netOS Server is versatile : it can be setup headless, with a GUI or command-line only. By default, the server interface is our modified version of XFCE. netOS Server 7 SP1 has been setup from the ground-up to be the easiest Linux server platform to deploy, typically within an hour, and depending on what services are used, that one-hour window can be shrunk. It’s the easiest to maintain through our integrated graphical remote management services and runs on hardware that you know “just works”. So what services do we offer with netOS Server 7 SP1?

Kernel 3.19.0-61
XFCE 4.12
Tomcat 8 Application Server
Google Chrome Browser - We used Midori in Server 7 but some users complained about problems with Flash
Webmin 1.800
OwnCloud 8

As netOS Server 7 SP1 comes bundled with hardware you can download netOS Core Server which has a subset of the same great features you can find on netOS Server

Current customers will receive their update kit in 5 to 7 business days, please contact to check the status of your delivery.

netOS Server 7 Service Pack 1 with all its great features being only available with great hardware lets you utilize proven certified hardware and comes with a 4 year warranty and unlimited client licenses.  The specs of the new OpenSERVE hardware system are as follows.

Processor: Intel Core i7 3.2 ghz
Hard Drive: 5TB
Optical Drive: SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW Dual Layer
Operating System: netOS Server 7 Service Pack 1
19.5 inch monitor
4 year warranty
APS Power Supply
Unlimited Client License

Price: $1,725.99

We also have a lower cost configuration which we call the miniSERVE

CPU: Intel Core i3
RAM: 8gb
Hard Drive 64G SSD
4 USB 2.0 ports
Dual Lan
4 year Warranty
OS:  netOS Server 7 Service Pack 1
APS Power Supply
Unlimited Client license

Price: $705.99

You can purchase the wide range of commercial systems available from our website

PC / Opensystems realize OwnCloud users will want to use netOS Server to run storage services - for those users we have incorporated the new openRAID in two versions : the openRAID Desktop which is a desktop RAID housing,  holding up to 4 hard drives / 8TB capacity and the openRAID Rackmount which supports up to 12 TB of storage capacity but ships with 8TB.  All of our commercial hardware ships with a 4 year warranty. Pricing is as follows:

openRAID Desktop - Price: $700.99 USD
openRAID Rackmount - Price: $1,199.99 USD

You can also purchase all of our RAID and NAS products from our website

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Introducing the Cloudbox Pro and the Cloudbook Pro

Today we are pleased to announce the release of the Cloudbook Pro and the Cloudbox Pro.  These devices are designed for the enterprise, deployed by the enterprise and business segments.  With these devices we bring cloud based computing to the enterprise desktop.

With these devices we bring security, reliability and unprecedented usability.  With the use of encFS, industrial strength firewalls and support for bio-metric devices we bring military grade security to your business data off and on the cloud.

The first device is the Cloudbox Pro.

The Cloudbox Pro works great in an office setting, in a lab or on a warehouse floor.  Its industrial design is durable, and adds an attractive piece to whatever setting you decide to deploy it.

The Cloudbox Pro is powered by netOS Enterprise 8.0.2 and is certified to run, netOS Enterprise 8.0.2, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Enterprise Desktop and Oracle Linux.  The cloudbox pro has the following specifications:

Processor: Intel Core i7 4560U 1.6Ghz
Memory: 8GB (Maximum to 16GB RAM, 2x8GB)
Hard Drive: 128GB SSD
Built-in Wireless network card parameters: Wi-Fi 300Mbps,802.11b/g/n;
Operating System: netOS Enterprise
Wireless Keyboard and mouse

The second device is the Cloudbook Pro powered by HP.  This device is excellent for workers on the go or for universities who want to deploy the solution university wide.  The Cloudbook Pro is compatible with Chromebook charging ports and because of its unique high definition capabilities can also power presentation boards, 4K TV's and monitors.  The cloudbook pro is an excellent device for enterprises and businesses of all sizes.  The cloudbook pro is also touch screen and mouse and keyboard capable.

The cloubook pro has the following specifications

Processor: Intel® Core(TM) i3-5005U 2.0GHz
Ram: 8GB DDR3L SDRAM MemoryStorage Devices: 1TB 5400 RPM Serial ATA Hard Drive; SuperMulti DVD BurnerScreen: 17.3-inch diagonal HD+ SVA BrightView WLED-backlit Touch-Screen Display (1600x900)WLAN 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth; Operating System: netOS Enterprise

The Cloudbook Pro and the Cloudbox Pro are available today from PC/OpenSystems LLC.  Devices can be ordered in bulk for both Federal and business customers.  Any total device order of 15 units or more please allow 15 days for delivery.

You can order from the Commercial hardware website.

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PC/OpenSystems LLC. is dedicated to providing top customer service including integration, providing Linux compatible hardware and enterprise desktop software solutions. We provide solutions tailored to your needs whether its building systems to suit your needs. Whether its a custom database solution, providing Linux powered PC and Server Solutions. Whatever you need you can rest assured that PC/OpenSystems LLC. will deliver a high performance and stable product

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About PC/OpenSystems LLC.

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.