Donate to the Black Lab Linux Project

When you donate to the Black Lab Linux Project it helps us with many things:

Domain renewals
Aging equipment replacement

How much should you donate? Any amount you wish. No matter how large or small it goes to the project. We also take hardware donations as well. Contact for details. We thank you for your support.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Remembering Paul Walker

Non-Black Lab Linux news but equally just as important.  Paul Walker, the guy who played Brian O'Conner in the Fast and the Furious series died in a car accident yesterday.

Here is the news report on it;

Actor Paul Walker, best known for his role as undercover cop Brian O'Conner in the popular "Fast & Furious" movies, died in a car accident in Southern California Saturday. He was 40 years old. 

A representative for the actor confirmed his death in an e-mail to Fox News Saturday evening. 

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said that two people were killed in the crash, which occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m. local time in Santa Clarita, Calif. A statement on the accidentfrom the department said that deputies found the car engulfed in flames when they arrived at the scene. 

Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene. The second victim has not been identified. The Los Angeles County Coroner told KTTV's Kevin Takumi that dental records would be needed to formally identify the bodies. 

A statement on the actor's official Facebook page said that Walker was a passenger in the car, and had been at a charity event for his organization, Reach Out Worldwide earlier in the day.

"We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news," the statement read in part. "Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences."

Walker, a Southern California native and the oldest of five children, began acting at a young age when he appeared in commercials, and his television credits include appearances on "The Young and the Restless" and "Who's The Boss?" 

Walker said the early induction to show business wasn't to start him on a career path, but was a way to help provide for the family. Walker made his feature film debut in the 1998 comedy "Meet the Deedles." Supporting roles in the films "Pleasantville," ''Varsity Blues" and "She's All That" followed.

But it was his turns opposite Vin Diesel in "The Fast and the Furious" films, adapted from a Vibe magazine article about underground street races, that made Walker a star. He was cast by producer Neal H. Moritz, whom Walker had impressed with his performance in the 2000 thriller, "The Skulls."

Walker reprised his role as Brian O'Conner in four of the five sequels made of the 2001 hit. The latest edition, "Fast & Furious 6," was the most lucrative of them all, grossing more than $788 million worldwide following its May release. 

According to the Internet Movie Database, Walker was to appear in "Fast & Furious 7," due out next July. He will also appear in the film "Hours," due out December 13.

Universal Pictures, the studio behind the "Fast & Furious" films, released the following statement Saturday evening: "All of us at Universal are heartbroken. Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the FAST AND FURIOUS films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul's family."

Walker starred in other films, including the crime thriller "Running Scared," the Antarctic adventure "Eight Below" and the heist film "Takers." Though his stardom didn't make as much of an impact outside the "Fast & Furious" series, Walker continually drew praise from his co-stars and directors as a kind-hearted and eager collaborator.

"Your humble spirit was felt from the start," said Ludacris, Walker's "Fast & Furious" co-star, on Twitter. "Wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark, we were like brothers."

Walker is survived by his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow.

We here at the Black Lab Linux Project and PC OpenSystems LLC were big fans of his work and its so sad that he was taken so young.  We here at the Black Lab Linux Project and PC OpenSystems LLC wish to convey our sincere condolences to his family, friends, fans and colleagues.

New layout for Black Lab Linux Project

Hey guys,

We have listened to you guys.  People have told us to put up a Version Comparison of what is different in Black Lab Linux and Black Lab Enterprise Linux.  So we have released a comparison chart on the differences, the kind of support you get etc..  This should allow you guys to make an informed decision on what releases are available.

Now, we did leave out Education.  Why?  Because that is a release thats not a general release, thats a specified release for school systems, teachers, students etc. and is not available for anyone else.  If you need more information on our Education initiative, please visit that web site.

Now, software has been moved to this site.  You can purchase it on the 'Where to buy' page and now we have Black Lab Linux and Black Lab Enterprise Linux listed on this site.  This was done to cut down on the number of clicks for users and makes it more accessible to them.

We have also brought 5 systems over that come with Black Lab Linux and Black Lab Enterprise Linux.   The systems include:

The Black Lab BriQ this includes the 8 node cluster
The Black Lab PowerStation
The Black Lab ExtremeStation
The POWER10 Server
And the Omega Netbook

They are available on the Preinstalled Hardware page and after January 1, 2014 will only be available for this site.

So with this, what happens to the OpenSystems Marketplace?  Well, it will be used to house non-Black Lab Linux offerings.  This includes our Amiga and AROS offerings, Android offerings, Refurbished hardware, hardware accessories etc.  The Black Lab merchandise will remain on that site throughout the rest of this  holiday season but will be removed after the holiday season.

December giveaway

Hey guys,

It took us a little while to line up the December giveaway for the Black Lab Linux project.  But, we did.  So what will be the giveaway for this month?  Some people have suggested gift cards.  Well thats all fine and good but what about the people that dont live in the states?

So, we are still going to give out hardware.  So whats the giveaway this month?

3 items

A Lenovo IdeaPad tablet with 512mb of RAM and an A9 chip.  Brand new, in the box.

A copy of Black Lab Linux 4.1.8 on a USB Flash drive

A Black Lab Linux Polo shirt.

Now, all donations usually go to the project to pay for web hosting, replacing broken equipment and paying unemployed contributors.  But for this month, we are doing something special.

10% of donations received will go to Unicef for the relief fund for people in the Philippines.

So heres what you have to do.  Donate $10.00 USD and you get entered once, purchase a copy of Black Lab Linux 4.1.8 or make a donation of $20.00 USD or more and you get entered twice.


Thursday, November 28, 2013

November Giveaway

Ok guys so this month we had the November giveaway that entailed a brand new BriQ, a wireless keyboard and mouse.  So lets see who won:

The contestants:

Ray Spain 7
Jorge Perez 1 and 3
Alan Davies 2 and 4
Ellis Cury 5
Quincy Joranz 6 and 8

And the winner is Mr. Quincy Joranz, number 6.

Your winnings will be shipped to your PayPal address.

Thank you all.

Saturday we will announce the December drawing.

Happy Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Black Lab Enterprise Linux 4.1.8 released

Today we are pleased to announce the release of Black Lab Enterprise Linux 4.1.8.  Black Lab Enterprise Linux is our business and developer targeted  release.  So what makes Black Lab Enterprise Linux different from our free distribution, Black Lab Linux?

Black Lab Enterprise Linux is certified through Oracle, IBM and other vendors to run:  Oracle Database, IBM Websphere, IBM DB2, Apple WebObject, Red Hat JBoss application server, PostgreSQL and MySQL.  OpenStack can be installed on Black Lab Enterprise Linux as well.

Included in this release of Black Lab Enterprise Linux:

Complete re-branding and artwork change.
Linux Kernel has been updated.
XFCE 4.11
The ElementaryOS PPA has been added to Black Lab Enterprise Linux and provides us with the Maya Calendar and the Noise Audio Player.
Thunderbird 24.1.0 has been updated
Google Chrome 30 has been updated
QT 5.1 has been updated
Eclipse 4.3.1
Eclipse C++ environment
QT Creator
Gambas 3
Due to Customer demand, Red Hat JBoss Developer Studio is now included
Referencer for cataloging and now tagging of documents so they are easier to find.
Global Menus
The XFCE Whisker menu
Ubuntu Software Center has been included
SD Card available as installable media as well as USB Flash Drive

There has been over 200 bug fixes and application fixes.

You can purchase Black Lab Enterprise Linux preinstalled on our consumer and commercial hardware from the OpenSystems Marketplace

Or you can purchase a copy of Black Lab Enterprise Linux for installation on your own desktop or laptop below

Black Lab Enterprise Linux

Monday, November 25, 2013

Black Lab Linux 4.1.8 Screenshots

The coding studio has posted some screenshots of Black Lab Linux in action.  Go ahead an take a look.  The screenshot tour they posted is of Black Lab Linux 4.1.8 Classic which is the build for the 32 bit system.

Since the 64 bit release has the same exact interface you know what it looks like.  This gives you guys especially new people interested in Black Lab Linux a look into the user experience.

Screenshot Tour

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Black Lab Linux Podcast for November

Today we bring you our November podcast for the Black Lab Linux Project.

In it we discuss the following:

Project finances
OpenSystems marketplace
Amiga Desktop and Enterprise Linux
Black Lab Linux 4.1.9 (4.2 beta) Black Lab Enterprise Linux 4.1.9 (4.2 beta)
The future of Black Lab Linux
SUSE Studio build and Fedora based builds
Cinnamon Desktop

You can download the November Podcast here:


Black Lab Linux 4.2 and Black Lab Enterprise Linux 4.2 Beta program

Hey guys, December 12, 2013 we are going to release a beta of Black Lab Linux and Black Lab Enterprise Linux 4.2.  Highlights of this beta are:

Melding both the XFCE and Cinnamon Desktop applications
Kernel 3.5 work for Enterprise
We are working on speed and hardware support, so the more of you that have unusual hardware configurations the better.
The interface will not be changed AT ALL, new icons new wallpapers sure but no new Panel Layouts will be accepted.

Since this is a semi public beta, we dont normally do public at all we have a certain group of beta testers.  But, to qualify you must have donated to the project before Im not saying you have to donate NOW, but have donated at some point in time, you must promise me you wont go out on the internet and complain and moan about something not working.  Remember this is a beta, some things may work well, some things MAY NOT work at all or be kinda flakey, you have to let me know in a timely fashion whats working and whats not.

So just send me an e-mail, and let me know if you want to help us beta test.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Status update and week in review

Hey guys

What a week, what a week its been.  So lets start off with Black Lab Linux 4.1.8 has had its first launch and it was pretty successful start.

Look here for the official release statement.

Now as for our de-listing from  Do I care?  No, I don't care I was de-listed.  I went 4 years, 2004 - 2008, without being on Distrowatch and I made a pretty good living from it.  So for those that say Im going into the void now, I am so sorry you are disappointed.  Yep, well not really.  People that want an enterprise capable Linux distribution whether for the desktop or the server don't go to  I do care that they are falsely advertising that our software product has been discontinued and from a Project standpoint that will hinder that a little bit but even if we were to discontinue the Black Lab Linux project itself, there will always be a free version of Black Lab Linux available for download.

So Im happy to say that most of my legal wrangling is out of the way.  Now, some people have asked me to explain what the issue was with the USPTO.  The issue was with the OpenLinux part of it.  Its the same thing that has been dealing us a long delay in acquiring our Linux trademarks for Amiga.  AMIGA Enterprise Linux, AMIGA OpenLinux side of things straight so instead of OpenLinux we decided to go with AMIGA Desktop Linux instead which I dont think anyone should have a problem with.  Certain parties used OpenLinux back in the day and so prior use issues, along with a few others came up, and some opposition.  But we ended up going with a different route.  Now, the AMIGA Desktop Linux and AMIGA Enterprise Linux details will be forthcoming.  We will have those plans laid out before Christmas with or without USPTO clearance.  The waiting game for us, will not continue.  Its safe to note that on the AMIGA side of things, the AMIGA part has not been at the core of any opposition, only the OpenLinux part was what killed us.   Black Lab Linux will not be turned into AMIGA Desktop Linux at all.  Black Lab Linux has its own masters that it serves.

Now, lets talk about that for a second because I know a certain group of people who when you add the two words together it makes them CRINGE.  Now, in the Amigaworld forums, Eldee Stephens, eliyahu, asked a question "Why cant we be left alone to enjoy our hobby in peace?"  and my response is; You are being left alone to enjoy your hobby in peace.  The only reason you dont have "peace" is because you try to interject yourself into business that DOESN'T CONCERN YOU.  There are two sides to the spectrum.  You have your, as Eldee called it in his Amiwest 2013 speech, "The retro computing space" and the mainstream computing space.  Eldee and about 90% of the Amiga community enjoy the retro computing space.  I'm in the mainstream computing space.  So to that effect, Eldee and 90% of the Amiga community are not my market.  They are not my user base and why should I care about what they think.  They will always have their space.  I could really care less who likes who and who likes what.  So yes, I'm going to market products under that brand and if someone doesn't like it tough.  If you have a problem, call your lawyer and I will call mine and we can let them disagree and argue that's what I pay mine for.  I don't worry much about anything.

In the mainstream computing space we will work with our community and the retro community will work with theirs.  Our paths will never cross.  The retro space uses a completely niche architecture that no one else uses.  The retro computing community will continue to hate what I do and I still wont care.  In Black Lab we will continue to ship the classic Amiga emulation layer for those that want it and who like what we do, AMIGA Desktop Linux whatever that turns out to be we will also work with the classic community and bring them mainstream, next generation software and a great platform.

Now, where do we go from here?  We continue to do business as we have been.  We will continue to pump out great products on the commercial side and bring you the best the open community has to offer on the free side of the fence.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Black Lab Linux 4.1.8 released

Hey guys,

Today we are announcing the release of Black Lab Linux 4.1.8.  This is the inaugural release of Black Lab Linux since we had to rename our distribution from OS/4 OpenLinux to Black Lab Linux.  With the new release of Black Lab Linux 4.1.8 what are some of the changes that have been implemented.

Complete rebranding and artwork change.
Linux Kernel has been updated.
The ElementaryOS PPA has been added to Black Lab Linux and provides us with the Maya Calendar and the Noise Audio Player.
Thunderbird 24.1.0 has been updated
Chromium 30 has been updated
QT 5.1 has been updated
Steam has been updated
Global Menus
The XFCE Whisker menu

There has been over 183 bug fixes and application fixes.

If you would like a system with Black Lab Linux 4.1.8 preinstalled please go to the OpenSystems Marketplace where we have a wide variety of Mini PC form factors, notebooks and other systems.

If you just want to donate to the project without purchasing any product you can donate here.

Your donations will be used for the following purposes
Finance the distribution
Pay for things like website maintenance
Purchase Equipment
Fund the work of developers

Why donate? Black Lab Linux is free of cost to download and funding is necessary to keep Black Lab Linux free to download as well as aid in costs of maintaining a distribution

How much should I donate? Anything you want to donate, the amount doesnt matter.

If you wish to purchase an installable USB Flash drive or installable SD card you can do that below


If you wish to download Black Lab Linux you can download it from our Sourceforge Page

Removal of OS/4 - Black Lab Linux from the Distrowatch Database


It is listed as "discontinued" based on your very own post which clearly stated that

"The OS/4 OpenLinux Project has been terminated, effective immediately."

That was his reasoning for taking it off the ranking.


I think it's a waste of time continuing this discussion. You terminated the OS4 OpenLinux project, but you find it wrong if I say the same on the OS4 OpenLinux page on DistroWatch?

Anyway, please don't worry about DistroWatch. As you've said, there are many other avenues of announcing a distro release, so please use those.



Distrowatch has removed Black Lab Linux from the Distrowatch database.  Why this was done is beyond me. Ladislav Bogdnar has indicated  it was because of the name change. 

So we decided to go more into detail about why this was done. Well, to be honest I couldnt get clearance from the US Patent and Trademark Office for OS/4 because of generics, and prior use and prior art. Even though the companies that used to own the trademarks are no more and havent released a product in ten years and one of them even gave me permission to use it. In lieu of going to court, spending thousands of dollars on lawyers and dealing with the US trademark system I decided to go with a name that I could easily trademark with no opposition. That is why Black Lab Linux was launched. PC/OpenSystems LLC will not change as a company, and the OS/4 branding will continue to be used as a descriptor for prior releases but our new release, Black Lab Linux 4.1.8 is scheduled for release, this Friday Nov 22, 2013. and we will be transitioning the sites and all materials over to Black Lab Linux. This DOES NOT AFFECT support subscriptions. Customers and support contracts will continue to be supported and we will continue to pump out quarterly releases and bringing you guys great products. If you own OS/4 OpenLinux you will not be sued by anyone. We needed a name that we could protect as it stands right now, and it has already happened, others can release products using "OS4" and we couldnt do anything about it, and I cherish the quality of our work and dont want to be tarnished by a "like" product or someone getting upset with us because we dont support the product they downloaded or purchased. I take our reputation extremely seriously and thus protection is necessary.

Now, while not a definitive site for learning about new Linux distributions.  Distrowatch is a nice resource but we will be going out to other forums, and news agencies to announce our new releases.  Softpedia being one resource and a few others.   

If you want to see Black Lab Linux readded to the Distrowatch database, make sure you contact them at and let them know.

But the OS/4 OpenLinux distribution HAS NOT been discontinued but rather renamed Black Lab Linux  and will continue to be updated on a regular basis.  You can join the Facebook page and the twitter page to learn about new releases. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

IRC Channel set up

Hey guys we have a new IRC channel set up

Channel: ##blacklablinux

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

New Project screenshots

These are new project screenshots

OS/4 OpenLinux Project renamed. Black Lab Linux Project born.

The OS/4 OpenLinux Project has been renamed, effective immediately. We have refreshed it and its now known as the Black Lab Linux Project. PC/OpenSystems LLC will not change as a company, and the OS/4 branding will continue to be used as a descriptor for prior releases but our new release, Black Lab Linux 4.1.8 is scheduled for release, and we will be transitioning the sites and all materials over to Black Lab Linux. This DOES NOT AFFECT support subscriptions. Customers and support contracts will continue to be supported and we will continue to pump out quarterly releases and bringing you guys great products and a great distribution.

I want to reiterate the OS/4 OpenLinux distribution HAS NOT BEEN DISCONTINUED but rather has been renamed to Black Lab Linux.

Our inaugural release of Black Lab Linux 4.1.8 will be this Friday, Nov 22, 2013.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Linux kernel 3.12 for OS/4 and PC/OS

Hello everyone,

Today we are releasing the Linux kernel 3.12 for OS/4 OpenLinux 13.x/14.x and PC/OS 4.x.  With this kernel release it has many bug fixes and some new drivers.  Some of the improvements are as follows:

  • The Radeon open-source kernel graphics driver has improved Dynamic Power Management, but it won’t be until Linux 3.13 where Radeon DPM is enabled by default along with HDMI audio.
  • A brand new DRM/KMS driver in the form of the Snapdragon MSM driver written by Rob Clark to go along with his reverse-engineered Freedreno driver for Qualcomm Snapdragon/Adreno graphics.
  • Run-time GPU power management so NVIDIA Optimus systems can dynamically power on/off the secondary GPU.
  • Experimental DRM render nodes support done by David Herrmann over the summer.
  • AMD Berlin APU support as the first APU built upon AMD’s Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA).
  • The EXT4 file-system now supports aggressive extent caching and better recovery capabilities.
  • Random F2FS, XFS, and Btrfs file-system improvements. This kernel does deliver on disk improvements.
  • zRAM has been promoted out of the staging area of the kernel. ZRAM supports a compressed block device in RAM to avoid paging to disk and is mostly of benefit for systems with limited amounts of system memory.
    • Various staging driver updates and sound driver work and other glorious work.

    This release is available for download from our Sourceforge page in source code format

    We also have our kernel install script updated for 32 bit and 64 bit and can be downloaded from our Sourceforge Page under the folder 'kernel updater'.

    Thanks everyone for all of your support.

    Friday, November 15, 2013

    SquareTrade warranties now available

    We are pleased to offer SquareTrade extended warranties on all products sold in the OpenSystems Marketplace.  With SquareTrade warranties you can buy additional coverage for all your systems and hardware for 3 or 4 years at affordable costs.

    The director of the OpenSystems Marketplace, Seth Forstall had this to say, "We are happy to finally offer these warranty options to our customers.  Before, we were the ones in charge of extending warranties and the procedures for returned hardware and broken hardware.  This legitimizes the OpenSystems Marketplace in the eyes of our customers and takes away a certain level of uncertainty that these customers had.  For our business customers who lease systems or replace systems after a period of time.  The time periods of coverage are perfect as they cover the full length of the lease and adds extra value to them."

    When asked about pricing, Mr.  Forstall said " Pricing depends on the model you buy and the cost of the system.  Warranty packages for 3 years ranges from $20.00 USD to $200.00 USD, $200.00 USD covering our extremely high end systems.  By the end of the weekend we will have all the pricing added to the marketplace."

    For more information on our warranty program, or if you have purchased a system within the last 12 months and need warranty coverage please contact,

    OpenSystems Marketplace

    Thursday, November 14, 2013

    End of life PC/OS 2007, 2008, 2009 continued

    Some people are kinda upset with us that we are EOL for PC/OS 2007, 2008, 2009.  Well we understand this.  We understand that those releases have done well, they are really good and the amount of time they continue to be in service is a testament to how well they worked.  And we are not forcing you guys to upgrade, we are releasing one last update pack and including components that will allow users to maintain their current deployments and even compile more recent software on those systems.  We went a little further than Canonical did they pulled support back in April 2013.

    The reason for this is that PC/OS 2007, 2008, 2009 are legacy systems.  The amount of resources that would go into maintaining those systems is tremendous.  One user asked me why dont we compile the 3.0 Linux kernel series for that system?  Well, because OS/4 OpenLinux 14.1 and PC/OS 4.x already contain the 3.0 kernel series and to backport it to PC/OS 2007, which is 6 years old, would be a tremendous amount of work.  So to make users of those systems happy, and to generate good will.  The security repository will remain in use indefinitely.  It is just one repository, and if users want to compile additional software and updated software we will put it in that repository for you.  They just have to submit it, but the user will be responsible for compiling and packaging the software and if you guys want to create a repository of software yourselves, go ahead and be sure to share it with us.  But we are in no way saying you guys cannot use those systems or you MUST upgrade.  It would not be feasible for us to continue rolling out fixes and support.


    Wednesday, November 13, 2013

    Product End of Life

    Today we are announcing the end of life for PC/OS 2007, 2008, 2009.  After December 29, 2013 these systems will no longer be issued any security or application fixes.  We are in the process of shutting down the repositories and taking them offline.  The security repository will remain online for 6 months to allow users of those systems to get the last update pack which will include:

    Linux kernel 2.6.32-61
    GTK 2 will be updated to the last release
    Libc6 will be included so you guys can actually self compile some software for these systems
    Firefox and Thunderbird are no longer supported and no updates will be released so the web browser and mail client will be removed and replaced with the latest version of Opera.
    All security updates from April 2012 to April 2013 upon which Canonical ended their support for 8.04

    And that is the end of the road for those releases.  I really want to thank everyone who helped me back then to make those releases a success and for the customers who stuck by them and continued to use them until 2013 and for those stubborn ones who still love that system and will continue to use it until the hardware they run it on says its final goodnight, thank you as well.

    Now, I actually had someone who sent me an e-mail about OS/4u Alpha 2.0 aka the AlphaOS aka AlphanumericOS, which was released in 2004.  It was based on Gentoo, and now we have officially decided to announce End Of Life for that product as well.  Although being 10 years old, I cant really bring you guys any kind of fix since the source code for that release is loooooooong gone and I actually have a binary copy somewhere but I dont have the boot floppy.  But, thank you as well.

    Now for those of you that wish to upgrade you can purchase a copy of the newest releases of PC/OS, or download the latest release of OS/4 OpenLinux 14.1 from the download page.


    PC/OS Enterprise Linux

    Now, we are going to try to round up the old ISO's and install media for all of our vintage releases of OS/4u and PC/OS 2007, 2008, 2009 and upload those under the 'retro releases' folder on our library site.  They are to be admired, laughed at but definitely not for production use.

    Monday, November 11, 2013

    PC/OS 4.1.7 Education Edition released

    Today we are pleased to announce the release of PC/OS Education edition.  With this release we bring a ton of new advancements to the PC/OS Education platform, most consist of collaboration  advancements.  Which include a new desktop sketchtop program, Calendar application can now export to .ics format and share over network, better formatting when imported into Apples iCal application and Google Calendar.  Thin client services and the Celestia 2D version which allows fast streaming over a thin client network.  Overall there are 360 application updates and a new kernel which promotes stability and device compatibility for users.

    It also includes the new whisker application menu and system wide globalmenu implementation.

    XFCE 4.11
    Gnome ENCFS manager
    Contacts a system wide address book
    Google Chrome
    Thunderbird with Exchange Support
    Pinta 1.4 for Image manipulation
    Maya Calendar
    Noise Audio Player
    Messaging Center
    Ardesia desktop sketchpad
    Improved WINE stack
    Improved Microsoft Kinect support
    Improved Wii Remote support

    You can purchase PC/OS 4.1.7 Education Edition here:

    PC/OS Education

    PC/OS 4.1.7 released

    Ok guys, a few new things coming up.  We are releasing PC/OS 4.1.7.  So what is PC/OS 4.1.7?  Many of our users, customers and hardware customers have said that PC/OS Enterprise Edition is a little bit of an overkill.  They dont need Perl and Ruby, they dont need kernel development tools, they dont need Eclipse, QT Creator, Monodevelop etc.  But they like some of the packages that come with PC/OS, they like the service and support, and they like the overall presentation.  So they want a consumer release.  So effective immediately, we will be offering PC/OS 4.1.7, which is targeted towards the consumer.  It will have a full office suite, it will have the Steam client and it will lack the unnecessary components.  Now unlike Microsoft which offers different versions of its OS, with PC/OS 4.1.7 you can download via synaptic, all developer tools, databases etc.  PC/OS 4.1.7 will NOT be Oracle, WebObjects, WebSphere, JBoss certified at all.  For that support you will have to purchase PC/OS 4.1.7 Enterprise Edition.  The cost of the consumer release will be $50.00 USD and will have 2 years of regular support, 3 years of extended support unlike PC/OS Enterprise Edition which has 5 years of regular support, 5 years of extended support.

    PC/OS 4.1.7 will be bundled with all new hardware unless Enterprise edition is requested.

    PC/OS 4.1.7

    Thursday, November 7, 2013

    New OS options for hardware and delivery methods for Software

    **** From the OpenSystems Marketplace

    Today the OpenSystems Marketplace is pleased to announce that we have added some new options for your hardware and new options for software delivery.

    As of Friday Nov 8, 2013 all new machines, consumer and commercial can be ordered with the following operating system configurations:

    PC/OS Enterprise Linux
    PC/OS Enterprise Linux Dual boot with Windows 7
    PC/OS Enterprise Linux Dual boot with Windows 8
    Microsoft Windows 7
    Microsoft Windows 8
    Ubuntu Linux

    With these new options brought, forth by customer demand. We want to be able to bring our customers what they want and what they need.  For the first time ever we are offering an alternative Linux based OS, Ubuntu Linux, as an option for our hardware.  We will not be selling Windows or Ubuntu standalone but as an option for hardware only.  The only other OS that we sell standalone is Oracle Solaris.

    Software delivery has changed as well.  Customers have asked us for an SD card option, as SD cards on netbooks, our mini PC's  and notebooks are much faster.  So this option will be made available.  USB Flash drive is the default but when you click on the 'medium' option, SD card is available.

    We hope you continue to shop with us for all your hardware and software needs.

    New hardware form factors explained

    Hey guys,

    A few days ago we released some new systems and these system are now available for sale.  We have changed all of our consumer hardware to mini form factor PC's similar to the BriQ A-500 system.  Some have asked us why we did that.  Well we did it for a few reasons.  First, the settop box approach is what people wanted.  The desktop PC, the traditional tower, is still just as good as any system but as home computing moves more from the home office and the bedroom to the living room which means HDMI output is a necessity, which means it has to fit into the decor of the living room and we have moved our mini PC's away from wires.  Wireless keyboards and mice, to wireless adapters the mini PC's are all wireless.  This is for people who want to move the remote to the side and pick up their keyboards and use that.

    The tower form factor is not going away, we have many products in our commercial line that use the tower form factor.  Power users and professional alike love tower systems because they can upgrade the technology inside.  Add high end graphics cards, add new sound cards upgrade RAM and sound cards.  We fully understand that and we will continue to allow people to do just that.  As computing advances, there will be more form factors introduced and people will want that vs whats available today.

    So we will keep working with different form factors, and manufacturers, to continue and bring you what you want and where the market is trending.  So visit the OpenSystems Marketplace

    Let us know what you would like to see.


    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

    Future of OS/4 and System Imager. PC/OS Education 4.1.7

    PC/OS Education 4.1.7 will be released Monday Nov 11.  It has many of the same Application updates as PC/OS Enterprise, it also features the Whisker Menu which is an alternative application menu and appmenu, which houses the application menu on the top panel vs in the individual application.  OS/4 OpenLinux 14.1.1 and PC/OS Enterprise Linux 4.1.7 will be released December 9, 2013.  Even though incremental, they will have major changes to them which we know you guys will love.  January 15, 2014 we launch the much anticipated PC/OS Enterprise Linux 4.2 and PC/OS Education 4.2.  On January 26, 2014 we launch OS/4 OpenLinux 14.1.2.  All will be XFCE based.

    People have asked us about PC/OS Enterprise Server.  PC/OS Enterprise Server has a update frequency of every 6 months.  Since servers are not updated all that frequently to major revisions it has a much less frequent update path and is instead a rolling release, meaning all updates are delivered through the update manager.  The next release PC/OS Enterprise Server 5 will be released in February 2014 and the cost will be roughly the same.  In January 2014 we will be releasing the Software Roadmap for 2014.

    Now our 2013 roadmap got a little mangled.  This was partly due to funding.  Without cash rolling in to the project as frequently as most others, things get a little less love than what we wanted to do.  Some of it was due to promised hardware not being delivered so thats another reason why ARM was not delivered and that is why OS/4 PPC will be delivered Power Mac only.  We still want to do it but we have to get the hardware first.

    Now, System Imager.  System Imager is an application that allows you to make a backup of your running system very much like Norton Ghost or Clonezilla.  It is mostly used for disaster recovery and keeping an active backup.  The status of System Imager is this.  Its still alive and kicking, but once again the thing that keeps us from delivery is lack of developers, lack of testers, and lack of funding.  Without developers and testers progress is going slower, because Canonical changes the hooks in every release.  So working on bugs in OS/4, working on those releases, working  commercial there are only 24 hours in a day.  We have it where you can successfully build 13.04, but we are a release behind because it crashes and burns on 13.10.  On OS/4 its awesome, we have the Webmin module built which ships with PC/OS Enterprise Server, we are adding EFI and secure-boot, we are also adding Blu-Ray support.  But without those three major components; developers, testers, funding we are pretty much stuck.  Now to answer those who say "Well Tony did it"  Yes but that was Tony's full time job. He worked on Remastersys and nothing else.  These aren't excuses, these are the realities of the situation.  We are always LOOKING for people who can take the reigns and make it better and keep up with Ubuntu's rapid schedule.  Until that happens, well you'll have to bear with me.  We are considering to start a Kickstarter project for it, but without developers there is really no need.

    Sunday, November 3, 2013

    New hardware

    Hey guys, today we are announcing the release of new consumer hardware and a major addition to commercial hardware.

    All of our consumer hardware has taken the form of Mini PC configurations.  The price point on this hardware is perfect for the consumer market and offered at low prices.

    We have the A-2000 Mini PC

    And the A-3000 Mini PC

    To learn more about our consumer hardware offerings please visit the Consumer Hardware Page

    Shipping for US customers will be configured upon checkout

    We also have a new commercial offering which is targetted towards high end users.  This includes high end graphics customers as well as the animation industry.  SGI Irix customers are having the plug pulled at the end of December and this new commercial offering the A-7000, complements the power and performance that they are used to.

    To learn more visit the Commercial Hardware Page

    All these systems are powered by the award winning OS/4 OpenLinux powered PC/OS Enterprise Linux

    OS/4 November Giveaway

    This month we are giving away the second A500.  We are also giving away a brand new wireless keyboard and mouse ensemble.  To qualify:  Donate 10.00 USD you get entered once, purchase a copy of OS/4 or donate 20.00 USD you get entered twice.

    This is the A500

    The wireless keyboard and mouse ensemble are as follows:

    USB Key

    Saturday, November 2, 2013

    OS/4 OpenLinux 14.1 and PC/OS Enterprise Linux 4.1.6 released

    Today we are pleased to announce the new release of OS/4 OpenLinux 14.1 and PC/OS Enterprise Linux 4.1.6.

    OS/4 OpenLinux 14.1 64 bit and Classic

    With these new releases we bring a few extra new features to OS/4 OpenLinux.  With 14.1 we have brought new enhancements to the kernel and we have updated the package lineup.  We also go back to the lighter radiance themes as the default and we have the ambiance and greybird themes for those that like the darker themes.

    XFCE 4.11
    Audacious for Audio
    VLC for video
    Pinta 1.4 for image manipulation
    GNOME Office as the default office Suite
    Chromium as the default browser
    Thunderbird as the default mail client
    Dates as the default calendar application
    Contact As the system address book
    Arandr for multi monitor support

    Among these are 150 application and bugfixes and the kernel driver support has been enhanced.

    You can download the 32 bit 'classic' release and the 64 bit release from Sourceforge they are located in the 'rel141' folder.

    Or you can purchase an installable live USB from here.

    USB Key

    PC/OS Enterprise Linux 4.1.6

    This release contains bug fixes and application enhancements.  If you purchased PC/OS Enterprise Linux 4.1.5, you can update your systems by typing "sudo apt-get dist-upgrade" in a terminal window or use the update manager.  But aside from this what else is new in the PC/OS Enterprise Linux distribution.  In PC/OS Enterprise Linux we also integrated the Elementary OS PPA, so any applications you like from elementary OS

    Aside from the 63 application updates and several kernel driver updates and fixes it includes:

    XFCE 4.11
    Gnome ENCFS manager
    Contacts a system wide address book
    Google Chrome
    Thunderbird with Exchange Support
    Pinta 1.4 for Image manipulation
    Maya Calendar
    Messaging Center

    Along with these applications we also ship the Prey anti-theft software with each release of PC/OS Enterprise Linux located in the "Extra" folder.

    We also revamped our pricing for PC/OS Enterprise Linux Desktop based on our most popular shipments.  For example, we have some customers that order 1 copy or 2 copies so we built in a discount for that.  On the flipside we have some customers that order copies for a small or medium sized workgroups.  We generally dont ship 10 to 50 USB keys, unless requested,  so what you have is a license certificate.  This is for customers who dont order a monthly or annual support subscription.  So here is the pricing list for PC/OS Enterprise Linux.  If you have a questions or requirements that differ from this price list contact

    PC/OS Enterprise Linux