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.

Psystar to preinstall PC/OS on OpenComputer and OpenComputer Pro

September 11, 2008

Sept 11. 2008… Today PC/OS developers and Psystar Inc. are announcing PC/OS OpenWorkstation 2008 and OpenDesktop 2008 on Psystars Open Computer and Open Computer Pro.  Buyers will have the option to choose either system preloaded with PC/OS along with Psystars current Linux offerings.  This allows Psystars customers to have an easy to use, consumer focused Linux based desktop with full multimedia playback and productivity tools for their home or small and medium sized businesses.

These systems will be available here.

For more information on PC/OS visit the homepage

For more information on Psystar visit their site

Whats new for PC/OS 2009

September 6, 2008

Well 2008v2 has been great.  New members of the community and some really great feedback and I will be addressing that in a second.  So many people have been asking, where do you go from here.  Well I started working on PC/OS 2009 as soon as 2008v2 was released.  For right now Im just fumbling through ideas.  So here is what Im thinking about.

The mistake that was Flock.  Unless version 2.0 of Flock really impresses me I may go back to Firefox 3.  While I thought my userbase would really like Flock it hasnt been that well accepted.  Some of the concern is also that Flock is based on Firefox 2 and not Firefox 3.

Exaile will replace Audacious, Audacious has proven too minimalistic and not feature rich enough and has caused some headaches for some users.

3G networking support will be added to 2009

Prism will be added to 2009

A new not so dark theme will be added to 2009.

So so far thats what we are looking at.  Stay tuned for more info.