Zebuntu and choice of base system

February 27, 2008

Someone recently put out there that my theme and system layout looks like Zebuntu, which is a derivative of Xubuntu with a Zeta theme.  First, the only things Zebuntu and PC/OS have in common are the theme and the base system.  Zebuntu has some talented developers and their direction is totally different.  Their purpose in life is to be Zeta.  Mine is to make a desktop that is usable to the masses my theme choice is simply a nod to BeOS and as a good friend of mine told me today, mine is a simple system so I have achieved my goal partway.  Still a lot of work to do and a long road.  i wish the Zebuntu team all the best and if they ever want to collaborate its a possibility that I would consider.

Second my choice of base system.  A PClinuxOS fan asked me today why I chose Xubuntu instead of SAM or PCLinuxOS.  First, I want to say thanks to Texstar, he created and maintains one of the best distros on the planet.  PCLinuxOS is the proverbial bomb.  I chose Xubuntu because I needed something I could offer small to large businesses.  I talked to Tex about this and he wanted PCLinuxOS to be for the desktop home user and his resources are such he couldnt abide the time or resources to support a enterprise viable system.  It had nothing to do with one was better or worse.  if I was going with better or worse I would probably have choosen PCLinuxOS.  My dad is still a loyal PCLinuxOS user.  Will I put him on PC/OS? probably much later.   Tex was my inspiration, he was one man who had an idea and went forward.  i can only aspire that PC/OS will achieve the success of PCLinuxOS.

Once again, I wish Tex and the SAM team all the luck and if there is anything I can ever do to assist you guys Texstar knows how to get ahold of me.


Remastersys included

February 26, 2008

Another question asked is if remastersys will ship with the system.  For on, its a great backup utility and can create a snapshot of your current install.  Another reason for the inclusion is so users can even make a derivative of the system.  So you wanna make a MythPC/OS, you can,  Want to make a catered version of PC/OS to your needs?  You can.  Wanna set up a server system catered to your organization so that you can install it on multiple servers?  You can.

Officially I intend to only make a desktop, a client and a JeOS.  Possibly even  one with the Xen hypervisor for you virtualization nuts out there.   But right now I’m focused on two, client and server.  I started off this thing trying to run but after a few missteps and some mistakes I slowed it down a lot.

Showstopper UPDATED: Not quite

February 26, 2008

As per a user request I made active an SELinux kernel for PC/OS and when I tried to remaster it, things got ugly.  The LiveCD would boot and install fine but when it came to the HD install, everything worked fine tried to boot into the installed system and KABLAM, FUBAR.  Permissions on home folders were screwed, usernames and passwords were screwed.  I did manage to get everything fixed and working but I think Im going to stick with my initial plan and offer it but not active, up to the user whether to make it active or not.  Also, no way in hell will I put SELinux on the client version, the repositories are there and it will be an option for the end user but after some discussions with some of the SELinux developers I really see no need for it on a desktop system, apparmor will be available, will be active but SELinux will only be on the server.

Other screw ups, I mucked arround with the xsessions scripts to get myartwork to show up and it made the installed system unusable, good thing is verything is fixable and I’m just chalking it up to a learning experience.  The BeOS theme has been very popular and Im actually considering making it the default on the system.  I have contacted ACCESS and was told that Window decorations they dont care about, I can even make a derivative of the logo but I cannot use the words BeOS, I cannot use the colors Blue or red as part of my logo and I cannot communicate any license WHATSOEVER as being licensed by ACCESS and of course I cannot have access (no pun intended) to the BeOS source code.

I still have reservations, I want the perception to be focused positively and not as a Be clone.

From the CD version I had to remove Gambas and Monodevelop.  I have also decided that users when they purchase a system or the DVD set they will also get a CD with all the wares in the Ubuntu repositories and they will be snapshots at the time of ship.  Not out of date.  Also all security updates will be applied before shipping and unlike the Ubuntu distributions, all ISO images will be updated with all security related patches periodically. The question has been what will ship with systems, the DVD version will be the shipping media.  Yes users will get media, and not just a parttion to restore from.

So off I go, to the third star on the right and straight on till morning.

BeOS Theme

February 24, 2008

I had a tester request a BeOS theme. We were both huge Be fans back in the day and he was a Yellowtab user before he started testing for me. I threw this together from a Be theme I found on xfce-look.org the most notable differences are the maximize and hide buttons that I threw together.  I dub this theme “wannabe”


First Images

February 23, 2008

Well, I have finished all the rebranding and have decided to post some screenshots.  SoIm ready for the world to see the start of my work.


This is what the default desktop will look like.  I hear it now, where is the CDE.  Well people talked and I listned, no CDE themed for the desktop edition.  I ent with the Symphony theme with the UbuntuStudio iconset.

Here are some apps running on PC/OS, Zenmap, XFBurn, Orage and OpenOffice writer.


Here are the default developers tool in PC/OS, Gambas II and Monodevelop.


There are many apps included and also this is being run from a LiveDVD.

Whats that?  You say LiveDVD?  What happened to LiveCD.  The developers tools take the distribution over the size for a liveCD, so I will release two ISO files in terms of the desktop.  A DVD Image which includes everything and a CD which includes just an office suite and other consumer centric tools and also for people who dont have access to a DVD drive.

Drop me a line for any tips, hints and anything else.

Update Status

February 22, 2008

The status of PC/OS is this: In Development. Considering that I have no host for the ISO’s yet and if you really want to test it I will be glad to send you a DVD (contact for pricing). Im working with several people to get hosts for the download. If you have any contact info for anyone who may be interested please drop me a line.

Now live

February 22, 2008

The blog is now live, here we will go over everything from frustrations to when it goes live as well as screenshots and eventually some screencasts.