Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Hurricane Florence disaster preparation plans

Due to PC/OpenSystems LLC being headquartered out of rural North Carolina we are making the following preparations in preparation for the storm.

Wed Sept 12, 2018 - At 12:00 pm all developmental servers will be taken offline.  All disks will be stored in watertight containers and stored above flood level any equipment light enough will be stored above flood level as well.

Wed, Sept 12, 2018 - 6:00 pm all non essential personnel will be evacuated.

Thurs, Sept 13, 2018 - 12:00 pm - The offices will be closed until Monday, Sept 17, 2018

Some things to expect.  Depending on power and internet status we will resume operations ASAP.  Due to the severity of the storm we are expecting power loss for 14 to 20 days.

Shipments will see delay.  This includes physical as well as perhaps a few hours to a couple of days of download of ISO's.  Physical shipments will see a delay of 5 to 10 days.

Communications will be inhibited for at least 4 days.  All bug reports and feature requests for Linspire, Freespire and nextDESKTOP will be stored and acted upon when all services are restored.

Monday, September 3, 2018

nextDESKTOP released

Today we are excited to release the new version of the nextDESKTOP 18.04.  The nextDESKTOP is our high performance high availability desktop that we provide to customers.  This is the first public release of this operating system that we have provided for customers since 2009 to governments and educational facilities around the world.   The last release was based on Ubuntu 12.04 and was badly in need of an upgrade.  So we upgraded the release to the current LTS, Ubuntu 18.04.  We do continue to work with clients to enhance the OS and provide them with a quality desktop .

nextDESKTOP, has had the following updates.

  • 18.04 LTS update
  • Kernel 4.15.0-33
  • Sofware App store
  • Google Chrome 68
  • Thunderbird Mail with Calendar, Google App, and Microsoft Exchange Support
  • Oracle Java 10 (8 is included for backwards compatibility with Netbeans 8.2) 
  • Microsoft .NET Core support
  • Microsoft Powershell support

nextDESKTOP 18.04 is a commercial product with no open source equivalent available.  The Workspace Manager is not provided with source but we do provide the kernel and other Open Source software source code for users.  You can purchase nextDESKTOP from our webstore.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Black Lab Enterprise Linux and Linspire: Whats the difference

Many people have asked us; What are the differences between Linspire and Black Lab Enterprise?  Why market both?  and which one should I use?

When we looked at our market, customer and user base we found there are different segments of people that use our products.  So with that we have split up these distributions to support  different segments.

Freespire, Freespire is a 100% free distribution.  There is no monetizing of Freespire we dont make any money or revenue from Freespire.  The main audience for Freespire is the Linux community and other users who want a free OS.

Linspire, this version is our completely commercial release.  We sell Linspire and we sell systems with Linspire.  Linspire is aimed at the consumer, education and corporate desktop market.

Now, with Black Lab Enterprise that is aimed at a totally different sector of the market.  Black Lab Enterprise Linux shares a lot of resources with Linspire and Freespire but it is managed in a different way.  No one on the Black Lab Linux team works on Linspire and Freespire.  The Black Lab team is run by a governing board for which elections are held every 24 months.

Black Lab Linux is aimed at the more technical market.  Users migrating from Unix to Linux, parallel computing, power users and users who need more computing power and less desktop oriented operations.


The update process for Linspire and Freespire are a lot different than they are for Black Lab Enterprise Linux. 

Linspire and Freespire are desktop oriented OS's aimed at the desktop market and Freespire will get incremental updates as needed with new releases coming out every 6 months.  Linspire being a commercial distribution will have incremental updates as needed and major releases every 12 to 18 months similar to other Enterprise distributions from Red Hat and Micro Focus.

Black Lab Enterprise Linux being needed for much longer periods of time and being used for workloads that cant be taken offline every 6 months will have incremental updates as needed with security fixes and app fixes with major release updates coming ever 24 months. 


Freespire is available for download, free of charge


Linspire is available for purchase either as a digital download or as a boxed set from


Black Lab Enterprise Linux is available as a free download both in the desktop and server form, but its also available for purchase from the website.


Black Lab Enterprise Desktop


Black Lab Enterprise Server


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Freespire released

Today we are releasing Freespire which is a bug fix and incremental release of the Freespire 3.0 series.  We also added some features and applications that users wanted us to include in the distribution.  With this release we fixed several issues.

  • We included the 4.13.0-32 kernel in the distribution
  • We added a few UI tweaks due to user feedback - The panel is no longer double layered and is single layered now with taskbar buttons grouping together for same tasks or multiple windows
  • We removed Gparted and included the Disk Utility which is a much friendlier and straightforward solution
  • We looked into an issue that a reviewer and one of our insiders claimed to have to where the "release notes" link in the installer was being redirected to an ad or survey site.  While we here in the US were unable to replicate the problem it appears to be a regional one and we took steps to correct the issue which this release does.  As of final testing today the issue appears to be resolved.  In future releases "Release notes" will be provided on disk rather than online
  • Instead of relying on our online help system we have provided a catalog of "Help" documentation which can be accessed via the "Help" icon in the application menu or /usr/share/freespire-docs/ we will be providing this documentation online as well
  • All security updates up until February 7, 2018 have been applied

Added Applications
  • Simple Screen Recorder
  • E-Book Reader
  • Inkscape
  • GNOME Games
  • GNOME Disk Utility

Removed Applications

  • Gparted

You can download the new ISO files from the following location


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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.