Saturday, January 30, 2021

COVID-19 Meeting Guidelines and Procedures

 EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, there will no longer be any in person meeting with anyone at PC/OpenSystems LLC on or off premises due to possible exposure to the COVID-19 aka Coronavirus aka SARS Cov-2 virus.  With the number of new variants and mutations of this virus we feel it is in our best interests and the safety of the health of our employees as well as our customers and partners to make this step official.  This new protocol will take effect now until March 20, 2021.  All meetings will be conducted over the following medium



Google Duo

Apple Facetime

Microsoft Teams

Cisco WebEx

As with this any material or products that need to be delivered will be subject to a 10 day quarantine.  Any exception to this new rule must be cleared through Roberto J. Dohnert or Clinton V. Albright in writing and proof of vaccination must be included in your request.

Any employee or partner who deviates from this directive must submit themselves to a 14 day at home quarantine.  Any refusal to said quarantine will result in immediate termination and/or termination of contract. 

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

SolarWinds Orion Threat

There have been multiple reports from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) about the fact that malicious threats and foreign actors have been exploiting vulnerabilities in SolarWinds Orion products, primarily by leveraging the Sunburst malware. SolarWinds Orion is a monitoring solution. 

PC/OpenSystems, being a Linux and Enterprise Linux solution distributor; does not now, nor have we ever used any SolarWinds products as we do not use any Microsoft Windows platforms in any of its incarnations in any kind of managerial capacity. Windows 10 in our infrastructure is used in isolated Virtual Machine environments for testing purposes only. As a result, our customers’ information is not vulnerable to these exploits. 

We advise our enterprise customers who may be using the SolarWinds Orion platform to review and implement available firewall updates and rules to keep your systems secure. PC/OpenSystems LLC will continue to assist in assessing the overall security of your Information Technology infrastructure.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Xandros OpenDesktop 2019 R3

Today the PC/Opensystems Enterprise development team is pleased to announce the release of Xandros OpenDesktop 2019 R3. This update to our corporate-focused desktop solution offers unprecedented reliability, predictability and performance. Utilizing the lean XFCE interface, Xandros OD allows maximum return on the value of your current hardware investments. You the admin decides what applications will be run and what role the system will ably fulfill : multimedia production, office productivity, development station, mainframe support or appliance control. Xandros OpenDesktop 2019 R3 provides rock solid performance, intuitive management and constant dependability, whether on the PC or mobile platform. 

Features : 

  • Full GUI System – XFCE 4.14 + DWN Tiling Window Manager 
  • LTS Server Kernel 5.4.0-56
  • OpenSSH Client 
  • Google Chrome
  • Ice SSB 
  • NFS / XFS / JFS / BTRFS /exFAT support 
  • Multimedia Codecs 
  • Remote Administration capability 
  • Biometric Services 
  • Samba LDAP Directory services 
  • .NET Core 5.0
  • Microsoft Powershell 
  • Microsoft SQL integration 
  • Visual Studio Code 

24 months phone, e-mail, and remote support; on-site repair and deployment services available for an additional charge. Contact for details and pricing : You can purchase this release from the webstore 

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You can also purchase the Xandros Cloud Edition which is a direct competitor to Google ChromeOS.  Xandros Cloud utilizes next generation cloud applications and ships with Google Chrome to offer you the compatibility with all of Googles services and has been tested and certified with all state and education facilities.  Xandros Cloud, both the standard and Office 365 Edition, are utilized by over 300 education and government facilities
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For your convenience, PC/OpenSystems Roberto Dohnert has provided answers for some questions customers and users have been asking frequently : 

What exactly is PC/OpenSystems LLC? 
PC/OpenSystems LLC is an enterprise solutions and software service provider based in Raleigh, North Carolina. We also perform development consulting for all stages of the process for various sectors : private, educational, government and research.  

What products do we offer?
Mostly operating systems. PC/OpenSystems is the brains behind 6 different OS distributions. Three of the names should be familiar ones : Freespire, Linspire and Xandros. We also develop two embedded Linux OS’ - one based on CentOS, the other Debian-based. To complete our portfolio a custom FreeBSD solution is available. 

 What exactly are we announcing today? 
Today we are announcing the update to our enterprise solutions : OpenDesktop, OpenServer and Cloud. 

Why Xandros? 
The most obvious one is that we own it.  But also, Xandros has pedigree in the Enterprise solutions market and we wanted to differentiate our newest best-of-breed product from Linspire, with its home-user-OS reputation; not doing so would have led to a lot of unnecessary confusion. Customers visiting, purchasing Linspire and turning around and saying “Oh wait, this isn’t the enterprise release” Hence our decision. 

 What solutions do we provide for the Enterprise? 
Xandros OpenDesktop, Xandros OpenServer and Xandros Cloud. OpenDesktop is our latest and greatest take on a contemporary desktop solution; office suites and productivity apps at your fingertips, OD is geared towards high-performance workstations. OpenServer is exactly what claims to be : a high availability server solution. OpenCloud utilizes either Google or Microsoft online apps and is extremely popular with our education customers 

 Why base these solutions on 18.04 LTS and not 20.04? 
Remember this is an UPDATE to a current product. The enterprise and home markets have differing expectations and needs The former appreciates stability above all else; home users can deal with the cutting edge kernels for multimedia and gaming. Enterprise users require a stable supported base that will continue to run their line-of-business software well into the future. OS/4 OpenDesktop was released in 2012; PC/OpenSystems just ended 32 and 64 bit support for that release. For our critics or anyone else that thinks that we’re a fly-by-night operation, think again. We have repeatedly proven to our customers that we are capable of supporting our products for years to come. People migrating from OS/4 to Xandros will find the look and feel familiar, the focus on performance identical. That being said, Xandros’ codebase will be updated to 20.04 by Fall 2021. 

 Is Xandros built like Linspire? 
Freespire is the base from which Linspire and Xandros are built. Xandros is a little bit different, offering a variety of custom kernels and additional software repositories. 

Will there be an additional charge for Xandros to current customers? 
No. As stated this is an update to current solutions not a new product. Current support subscriptions will be supported and all customers who wish to, can upgrade their systems immediately. The only difference now is that there is no longer a download edition. We will provide downloads to current customers and for new customers who want this option. All new PCOS customers will get a Xandros retail package regardless.

Xandros OpenServer 2019 R3 Released

Today the PC/Opensystems Enterprise development team is pleased to announce the release of Xandros OpenServer 2019 R3, our high-performance solution for Enterprise and SMB customers. For this sector which requires constant uptime coupled with reliability, scalability, and flexibility, PC/OpenSystems LLC has been hard at work to ensure Xandros OpenServer 2019 R3 is well suited for web, application, file and print services; it can just as easily be deployed as a thin client server or virtual machine host. 

 Features include : 

  • Full GUI System – XFCE + DWN Tiling Window Manager 
  • LTS Server Kernel 5.4.0-56 
  • Oracle Java 11 Pre-installed 
  • OpenSSH Server and Client 
  • Falkon - Webkit based browser 
  • NFS / XFS / JFS / BTRFS / exFAT support 
  • Multimedia support 
  • VirtualBox 
  • .NET Core 5.0 preinstalled 
  • Remote Administration capability 
  • Biometric Services 
  • Headless support 
  • MongoDB Preinstalled 
  • Samba 
  • LDAP Directory services 
  • Microsoft Powershell 
  • Visual Studio Code 
  • Microsoft SQL integration 

 Certified/tested hardware : 

  • HPE Proliant DL360 / DL380 / DL385 G10 
  • HPE Microserver G10 HPE 
  • SGI 8600 
  • Lenovo ThinkSystem SR590 / SR670 / ST550 
  • Lenovo ThinkServer RS160 / TS150 
  • Dell PowerEdge Rack / Tower Servers 
  • IBM Z13/Z14/Z15 and IBM LinuxONE via emulation 

 24 months Phone, e-mail, and remote support; on-site repair and deployment services available for an additional charge. Contact for details. Mobile System support is very limited; Xandros Open Server was not designed with laptops, notebooks or tablets in mind - your mileage may vary; features such as Bluetooth, wireless and suspend / resume are unsupported. If you need mobile support we recommend Xandros OpenDesktop or Xandros Cloud

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Welcome to PC/OpenSystems LLC

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.