PC/OS OpenServer

PC/OS OpenServer is a Linux distribution that is developed for high availability computing for small to medium sized businesses.  Minimalistic yet robust PC/OS OpenServer is ideal for minimalist server deployments, File, Web and Print as well as a cloud server. With PC/OS OpenServer you have the flexibility of an all cloud solution or a more hybrid solution of cloud and traditional server applications. PC/OS OpenServer is fully compatible with all web applications that are supported by ChromeOS and satisfies all certification requirements of all 50 states and territories of the United States. 

Some of the benefits of PC/OS OpenServer include: 

  • 10 year support cycle full support for all Dell, Lenovo and HPE Intel and AMD based servers
  • Fully compatible with Googles Management Console so you can enjoy mixed environments of Chromebooks and PC/OS OpenDesktop systems 
  • Fully compatible with Microsoft SQL Server 
Along with the fully supported release that we offer for purchase, we also have a no support release that comes with no support  for customers who do not need support or have Linux knowledgeable IT personnel on staff.

Other uses for PC/OS OpenServer include:  

Virtualization Server
Mission Critical Deployments
Database Server
Thin client solutions 
Cloud Server 
Mainframe KVM Client 
Point of sale System 
Web Server
File Server
Application Server
Print Services 

PC/OS OpenServer is widely used by our educational customers with deployments in over 260 school systems world wide, our enterprise customers work forces and stationary services and over 60 law enforcement agencies. It allows you to maximize the life of your existing hardware investments.  

Feature Set

  • Full GUI environment – GNOME + DWM Tiling manager - GNOME remains the gold standard of Linux desktop environments.  We also include a minimal tiling window manager for users of embedded servers and systems.  Due to customer demand we have made DWM the default desktop upon first boot.  You can also run the server command line only or headless as well.  Why include a GUI?  Many users coming from Windows or Mac are used to running their servers with a GUI and we want to make it as comfortable as possible for user migration.
  • Linux kernel LTS - We always use the LTS server kernel from whatever base we are using.  As time goes on we also will backport drivers and firmware as needed for hardware support. 
  • Microsoft Edge - Web browser from Microsoft.  
  • OpenJDK -  Java support
  • Cockpit - Remote administration tool originally created by Red Hat.  You can use Cockpit to fully administer any server or desktop with ease.
  • Ansible Automation Services - Ansible is an IT automation tool. It can configure systems, deploy software, and orchestrate more advanced IT tasks such as continuous deployments or zero downtime rolling updates.
  • Apache Web Server - Award winning and #1 Web Server deployed world Wide
  • KVM Virtual Machine Services - Allow you to run multiple operating systems virtually and the KVM uses system resources and does not require you to allocate system resources yourself
  • LDAP Directory services - The Lightweight Directory Access Protocol is an open, vendor-neutral, industry standard application protocol for accessing and maintaining distributed directory information services over an Internet Protocol (IP) network. 
  • Samba - Samba is the re-implementation of the SMB networking protocol for Linux and UNIX systems, and was originally developed by Andrew Tridgell. Samba provides file and print services for various Microsoft Windows clients and can integrate with a Microsoft Windows Server domain, either as a Domain Controller (DC) or as a domain member. As of version 4, it supports Active Directory and Microsoft Windows NT domains. 
  • NFS, XFS, JFS and ZFS Support - NFS is the Network File System for UNIX systems which allows you to access/exchange data and create files on a remote UNIX/Linux server or desktop. XFS is a high-performance 64-bit journaling file system created by Silicon Graphics, Inc (SGI) in 1993. It was the default file system in SGI's IRIX operating system. Because of its high performance properties XFS was ported to the Linux kernel. XFS as an install target filesystem is supported by Xandros OpenServer and Red Hat Enterprise Linux uses it as default filesystem.  JFS also known as the Journaled File System is a 64-bit journaling file system created by IBM. JFS is used by HP-UX AIX, OS/2, eComStation, ArcaOS and was ported to Linux operating system by IBM. JFS is an install target filesystem by Xandros OpenServer.  
  • GCC and LLVM (Clang) - Two of the most popular compiler toolchains used in Windows, UNIX and Linux systems.
  • Microsoft SQL Server support - Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database management system developed by Microsoft. As a database server, it is a software product with the primary function of storing and retrieving data as requested by other software applications—which may run either on the same computer or on another computer across a network. Microsoft ported SQL Server to the Linux platform in 2017 and is shipped as part of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and other Linux distributions. 
  • PowerShell - Alternative command line shell developed as an Open Source project by Microsoft and is the default command line shell in Windows 10/11, Windows Server and Windows Azure
  • Visual Studio Code - Open Source IDE from Microsoft with plugin support
  • Zswap Enabled - A Linux kernel feature that provides a compressed write-back cache for swapped pages, as a form of virtual memory compression. Instead of moving memory pages to a swap device when they are to be swapped out, zswap performs their compression and then stores them into a memory pool dynamically allocated in the system RAM. Later, writeback to the actual swap device is deferred or even completely avoided, resulting in a significantly reduced I/O.

Minimum System Requirements 

Processor: 64 bit AMD or Intel CPU 
RAM: 8 GB of RAM for installation, 16 GB or more of RAM recommended 
Storage: 40 GB or more 
Network support: Wifi, Fiber Optic, and Ethernet support 

PC/OS OpenServer is compatible with all Ubuntu and Red Hat Enterprise Linux applications.

You can download the no support release from here:


If you need support and installation and deployment services you can purchase this release from the Webstore

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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.