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

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Differences Between Black Lab Linux and net/OS

There have been continuous questions over the differences between Black Lab Linux and net/OS.  Today we are going to discuss those differences and what they mean for the operating systems in general.

1.  Governance

The Black Lab Linux Project The Black Lab Linux project is maintained by a group of volunteers and maintainers whose sole purpose is to develop Black Lab Linux.  Black Lab Linux is freely available to download and use on your computer of choice.  The Black Lab Linux Project is self-funding which means it receives no revenue from sales and is dependent on donations and contributions from users.  Everything from domain registration, build systems and developer compensation are dependent on user donations and contributions.

PC/OpenSystems LLC Is the developer of net/OS.  net/OS is built from Black Lab Linux but is a branch of Black Lab Linux.  PC/OpenSystems is responsible for development, paying developers and paying for other infrastructure.  PC/OpenSystems LLC makes money from sales of software products and hardware systems.

2. Software

Black Lab Linux contains freeware, open source and GPL software only.  While it may contain some binary form only software the licensing of the software permits it to be distributed without fee to users.

net/OS contains all the programs that Black Lab Linux does but also contains non-free drivers and that allow it to run on enterprise class systems, but also contains non-free and proprietary multimedia codecs.  It also contains some software that is proprietary and licensed by us by respective copyright holders.  Software like Skype, Oracle Java stack, Steam gaming client and MP3 and DVD Playback are specifically LICENSED by us to run which means that we pay royalties and fee's for every copy of net/OS sold. net/OS also includes software to ensure compatibility with legacy UNIX systems.

Both systems contain the Chromium web browser and the ICE SSB which allows you to create web applications from specific websites and both contain prebundled web apps.

3.  Hardware support

Black Lab Linux - Black Lab Linux can run on almost all generic AMD64 and Intel64 based systems available on the market.  90% of the time you will find that your system supports all features from Black Lab Linux.

net/OS - Can run on most AMD64 and Intel64 bit systems but it also contains drivers to run on systems from Microsoft, SGI, HP Enterprise and IBM/Lenovo systems.  net/OS is also prebundled on select hardware available from PC/OpenSystems LLC and is also available for multiple CPU architectures like PowerPC and Oracle SPARC.

4.  Release Cycle

Black Lab Linux - Is released every 4 to 6 months

net/OS - is released every 18 to 24 months for desktop systems and gets maintenance updates for 5 years and net/OS Server is released every 24 months and is supported through maintenance updates for 10 years.  net/OS desktop systems get Service Packs released every 6 to 9 months which only include some application updates and mostly security updates.

Both systems get kernel update packages which get newer kernels and bleeding edge kernels

5.  Support

Black Lab Linux - Support for Black Lab Linux is available through community, forum and Facebook page requests only.

net/OS - Support for net/OS is purchased through yearly service contracts which entitle you to onsite service or remote/telephone support as well as e-mail support.  Cost is determined through number of licenses purchased.

6.  Cost

Black Lab Linux -  Black Lab Linux is free to download, use and redistribute to anyone that has a supported PC or laptop.

You can download Black Lab Linux from the following download locations

net/OS - net/OS is offered in different tiers, net/OS Enterprise, net/OS Education, net/OS Core Server, net/OS Server.  While net/OS Server is available only on hardware, you can purchase net/OS, net/OS Enterprise and net/OS Education on DVD or Live USB or Live SD card.

net/OS Server

These are the differences between the two systems.  Black Lab Linux is more like a CentOS modeled distribution, net/OS is strictly commercial.  If you have any questions please contact

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