Status and outages

September 30, 2008

Ok Im back online.  I made one little change to network manager and it was ass raping me.  It didnt like that change at all, oh well everythings back up and kosher now.  No, to probably many question “did you have to reinstall” no I didnt.

This weekend, the third to the 6th I wont be on at all.  Im upgrading hardware and I wont be on.  The build machines for insiders wont be online either.

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Some more coming in PC/OS 2009

September 28, 2008

There a a couple of kernel and support package updates to PC/OS coming.

Most notable is the inclusion of VLC 0.9.3

Also coming.

Likewise update

PPPoE now included

The broadcom firmware updates

Floola replacing GTKPod *

There are a couple of more changes in the works and right now they are being ironed out so stay tuned.

* Floola is replacing GTKPod because not only does it work with all iPods, it is constantly updated.


VLC 0.9.3 and PC/OS 2009

September 27, 2008

PC/OS will have the new VLC.  I started getting e-mails from my users last night that they wanted VLC 0.9.3 so I spent my saturday compiling and creating a deb package, I may release the deb package.  It was a rough build so if you have PC/OS OpenWorkstation all dependencies may be satisfied, under OpenDesktop they may not be so use at your own risk.  Here is a screenshot of it running playing a WMV file.


PC/OS 7.10 availability

September 19, 2008

As of December 1, 2008 PC/OS 7.10 will be removed from the download site as will torrents.  One last ISO will be produced for Client and Lite during this time and if you want PC/OS 7.10 for whatever reason it will be reactivated on on-disk and you can purchase this release for $9.99.

No new functionality will be introduced in the new ISO’s, simply bugfixes.  7.10 is still in use by a few people.


The addons CD for PC/OS 2009, Changes in Store for OpenWorkstation

September 19, 2008

People have asked, with PC/OS OpenWorkstation going for sale how will we handle Openoffice.org for the home user and how will we handle delivery of certain apps and still maintain the offline capabilities of PC/OS?  Well, we will be delivering an Addons CD similar to what we did with OpenServer System which has been very popular.  This will include OpenOffice.org and several apps and Firefox Extensions that we the team find useful.  We may combine the two in an archive file so that the user only has to download one file and not 2.  Once again this is in planning stage.

After comparing different distributions we have decided Thunderbird will be removed from PC/OS OpenWorkstation and replaced with Evolution, this allows interaction with Microsoft Exchange servers, the MySQL client package will be added by default so that users may begin working with MySQL databases out of box.  Mono will also be reintroduced in OpenWorkstation as will Monodevelop.  Users of RealBasic will have the option of opting for a pro license or the standard license and as in OpenDesktop Exaile and VLC will replace Audacious and Gnome-Mplayer as the default media players.

Once again these are all in the planning stages and will be ironed out in the coming months leading up to the release.


Web apps in PC/OS 2009

September 19, 2008

Most of the Google Apps will be stored with Prism.  Prism is making its debut in PC/OS 2009.  Google Mail, Calendar and Docs will now be located in the corresponding menu entries for example, Google Docs and Google Calendar will be in the Office Menu, Google Talk, Gmail and Facebook will be located in Network.  The Mobile menu entry will contain links to Wikipedia, Box.net and Google Maps as well as Live mail.  More people use Google Maps than live Maps so Live Maps will be removed.  Google Gears will still ship with PC/OS as part of Firefox 3.

Talking it over with the development team and the continued silence of the Flock team, PC/OS will go back to a themed Firefox 3 for its default browser and we will be enhancing that similar to what we did with Thunderbird, so think of it as Firefox Enhanced.


PC/OS 2009 new delivery changes

September 16, 2008

While I hate to do it and I wish I could keep from doing it but with the release of PC/OS 2009, OpenWorkstation, the DVD ISO will only be sold and prebundled with OEM’s. It will no longer be offered for free and for download.

1) Why am I charging for it?

As for any initiative and project the project needs support financial included. While it would be nice to keep offering it for free, the costs prohibit it and since donations arent exactly pouring in I had to do something. So I talked it over with the other devs and they agreed with this avenue.

2) How will it be offered?

It will be offered with on-disk.com and through any established OEM’s,as well as an option for preload on the Hard Drives. Digital delivery will also be offered. All proceeds will be spent on the project.

3) What editions will continue to be offered?

PC/OS OpenDesktop 2009 will be downloadable and freely distributable as will OpenServer System 2008.

4) What will people who buy OpenWorkstation get with their purchase?

If you purchase OpenWorkstation you will get 30 days e-mail support, you will get media and you will also get on-disks or the vendors support mechanism.

5) Will the price change from whats currently offered?

Yes, the price will go up to $19.99 USD per copy. for digital delivery it will be $12.99

6) Will it ever be downloadable again?

When it becomes feasible and the project becomes self sustaining it will but until that happens I will have to charge for it.

7) Will PC/OS OpenWorkstation 2008v2 be downloadable still?

No, PC/OS OpenWorkstation 2008v2 will be removed from the download and torrent sections upon delivery of PC/OS 2009. The price for that will not change on on-disk.

I went over everything I could trying to find an alternative and nothing hammered out so Im stuck between a rock and a hard place. For what I want to do and whats good for the project.