Thursday, September 16, 2021

Xandros OpenDesktop 2021 Released




Today the PC/Opensystems Enterprise development team is pleased to announce the release of Xandros OpenDesktop 2021. This update offers unprecedented reliability and performance. Utilizing the lean XFCE desktop environment, Xandros OpenDesktop allows you to maximize the value of your current hardware, allowing you to decide what applications you want to run and what role you want your system(s) to provide. 

This platform has been repeatedly tested and proven to provide rock solid performance and dependability, desktop PC or mobile. Xandros OpenDesktop is the first step in the new direction that PCOS is taking to transition our entire stack to a secure cloud platform. We have reworked OpenDesktop so that not only do we utilize top of the line web based applications, but the user or organization can add any local applications that they choose from the vast Xandros / Ubuntu / Debian repositories. A smaller resource footprint also makes Xandros the logical choice among available commercial Linux desktops for legacy hardware or EOL Chromebooks. 

While Xandros OpenDesktop has been demonstrated to run extremely well on traditional desktop, mobile systems and workstations, you can also also purchase one of our own optimized and fully supported desktop / mobile systems from PC/OpenSystems. Because Microsoft Office 365 is so popular among our business and education customers. Xandros OpenDesktop comes in two flavors : 1). Standard which contains Google web apps and 2). 2021 Office 365 which contains all of Microsoft's web applications as well its Bing search engine. Xandros OpenDesktop 2021 Office 365 provides you with the document format compatibility you love. Plus a familiar desktop environment / minus the overhead you can expect from the upcoming Windows 11 OS. Xandros uses less of your hardware’s resources and doesn’t have any of the TPM 2.0 requirements, leaving your systems free to perform their intended function : run your LOB applications. All of this will of course be supported 24x7 by PCOS’ trusted infrastructure. 

Xandros OpenDesktop 2021 in any of its flavors is the only commercial Linux desktop alternative to the upcoming Windows 11 that you need. Xandros OpenDesktop 2021 also features : 

Full GUI System – XFCE + DWN Tiling Window Manager 
LTS Kernel 5.4.0-81 
OpenSSH Client 
Google Chrome 
Ice SSB 
Chrome web application framework 
NFS / XFS / JFS / BTRFS / ZFS - exFAT support 
Multimedia support 
Remote Administration capability 
Biometric Services 
Samba 
LDAP Directory services 
Microsoft Powershell 
Visual Studios Code 

With a 12 month / 3 year Phone, e-mail, and remote support available, you can rest assured that PC/OpenSystens LLC will keep your systems running smoothly for years to come. We also deliver custom ISOs for customers which contain the applications that your business requires. Contact sales@pc-opensystems.com for details.  You can purchase Xandros OpenDesktop 2021 from this release statement or from our webstore.

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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

Zoom

Skype 

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 sales@pc-opensystems.com 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 https://www.linspirelinux.com, 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.

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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.