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

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.

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