Friday, March 6, 2020

Open Letter to YouTube and Google

To whom it may concern,

Im writing today about two creators that I have gotten to know personally and both I consider friends.  They would be Jared Hockman aka Jared The Vaping Goat and Victor Mullin aka Vaping With Vic.  Both top tier vaping reviewers and personalities on your platform.  Mr. Mullin, you just removed his channel with no clear explanation of what he did wrong or any solution to resolve said issues.  His channel was located here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnysMyOhLdS9OzxTXjUJjGQ

Mr. Mullin has been a vast pool of knowledge regarding these products since 2014.  Many new vapers rely on his expertise when making buying decisions pertaining to products that provide a benefit to leading a healthier lifestyle and not getting pulled into buying products that are not a benefit.  More importantly, he has made Tobacco Harm Reduction his occupation.  He relies on his business to feed his family and to live his life.  He doesn't resale, manufacture or distribute these products but he is an expert on these products so people can make a determination and for their safe use.

Mr. Hockman has had his channel struck recently with "community strikes" and has a vast majority of his videos removed.  His channel is located here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC08HAY8ys9j0MhhoAE5oQKQ

Mr. Hockman doesn't make a living off of his content.  He doesn't ask for anything in return.  He gives selflessly many hours of his life to make content not for profit but for tobacco harm reduction.  For the betterment of people to allow them to live healthier lives.

I am old enough to remember when Google and YouTube both embraced the betterment of mankind.  When many of your original employees had that same selfless drive.  Driven not by profit, not driven for free trinkets but driven to make sure our history, our works, and culture were preserved for future generations.  Even when people told you it was wrong and even when people tried to use the legal system to stop you.  Yet you advanced, you fought to keep moving forward.  It saddens me to see that fighting spirit and that "Don't be evil" attitude drained.

I can say this with absolute certainty.  If you remove these men from your platform you are doing a disservice to public health, your users and more importantly to yourselves.

Thank You:

Roberto J. Dohnert

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Monday, February 10, 2020

PC/OpenSystems LLC: Dubious???????? Shady????????????????



Today I received an e-mail from a user of Freespire and Linspire and they pointed me to a post from a person who questions the legitimacy of the company and our products.  Which is fine people are allowed to have an opinion.  Now I'm not going to link to the media site, its not a large well-known person and really the things he was saying have been covered before and refuted before.  But because he claims he had never heard of PC/OpenSystems, which I can prove he has more on that later,  before he decided to call the company and me into legitimacy using the word "shady" please allow me to retort.

PC/OpenSystems LLC has been in operation since 2008; 12 years.  PC/OpenSystems LLC has been featured on FOX News, MSNBC, CNN, and many local North Carolina news and media.  Our customers range from home users, hospitality services, grocery chains, food service, educational facilities, law enforcement, military, and of course media groups.  Now not all of these industries use our operating system products some use Windows, Mac OS, and others but many of them do use the operating system products in their entirety. Our operating system products have been in development since 2008 with regularly released updates.  I have been a freelance software developer starting in 1994, doing what I love and writing software for operating system platforms that existed before this individual was even born. So for a dubious, shady company we have been in operation way too long and have seen a lot of success.

Another thing is, why if this person thinks our company, our tactics, and our business practices are so god awful why would this individual purchase a copy of every single release that we put out?  If you are doing this for attention make yourself unidentifiable dude.

But these and other tactics are sadly used in the tech community.  It's odd that when you are fighting for a common cause, to enhance technology and broaden the human condition to tear down others because they have seen a measure of success is beyond me.  Instead of saying "Great job, you are introducing Linux to a group that never would have used Linux, to begin with!!!!" or "Great job, you are introducing BSD to a group that never would have used BSD, to begin with!!!!" (Yes we have a commercial BSD product as well) is just terrible, tragic, and unproductive.

Now to call me into legitimacy is fine.  No dirt off of my shoulders.  People have been doing so for over 20 years and have all failed and been proven wrong.  So, try again little boy; Try again...


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Windows 7 End Of Life Special

As everyone knows Windows 7 has reached its End Of Life.  This leaves millions of Windows 7 systems vulnerable to malware, security exploits and bugs that will go unpatched and unfixed.  Everyone is scrambling to find a solution.  The common thread is to either upgrade to Windows 10 or find an alternative to run on older hardware that may not be Windows 10 compatible.

Enter the 'Windows 7 Refugee Program'.  This program is run by PC/OpenSystems LLC and the Linspire team where we are offering Windows 7 users who may be left out in the cold an alternative for those Windows 7 PC's.  Linspire 8.5.

Linspire 8.5 is an ideal solution for those Windows 7 users who may not be able to upgrade to Windows 10.

Linspire 8.5 offers the following features:

Familiar user interface
Easy setup and installation
KDE Plasma 5
Google Chrome 79
Ice SSB - Which allows you to turn any web app into a fully functional desktop application
Amarok Music Player
VLC Media Player
OnlyOffice desktop suite - Fully featured office suite which resembles Microsoft Office and saves files in the Microsoft Office file format.
Full multimedia Codecs - Linspire offers playback from Blu-Ray, DVD, Windows Media, Apple Quicktime and more.
Built in Anti-Virus and Firewall controls

From Today until Feb 1st we are offering Linspire 8.5 at a discounted rate.  The download Edition will be $19.99 USD.  The boxed set with a ready to use and install Live USB drive will be $30.99.  Gets yours today.



Windows 7 Refugee Program Boxed Set



Windows 7 Refugee Program Digital Download

Friday, November 1, 2019

Linspire 8.5 Overview

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Linspire 8.5 Released

Happy Halloween. Today the PC/OpenSystems development team is pleased to announce the release of Linspire 8.5 (Swordfish 2) to the general public as well as our faithful user base. This is a major release of Linspire from PC/OpenSystems which furthers our commitment to desktop Linux.

 Linspire 8.5 is packed with enhancements and features showcasing its ease of use and polish as one of the industry's leading Linux distributions. As with Freespire our goal was to “trim the fat” on our flagship distro. Many of our users and customers have told us that Linspire / Freespire as a whole were bloated; what we did in response was pick “best of breed” applications that added to the overall simplicity of the system. The software center is loaded with thousands of applications which make YOUR computer work YOUR way.

 Linspire 8.5 was designed with an intuitive user interface, making it extremely easy to use; easy enough for any Window or macOS convert to make the switch to desktop Linux seamlessly. Aside from the GUI, there has been a lot of work done under the hood to make the system more stable and secure than previous releases. Multimedia codecs, including some under license, are included so that users can enjoy any audio format and video playback of all types.

Linspire 8.5 contains the following enhancements:

Kernel 5.0.0-31
KDE 5.12.9
Ice 6.0.4
Google Chrome 77
KolourPaint
OnlyOffice Desktop Editors
Amarok
Kpatience
DreamChess
VLC Media Player
Kamerka
Boot Repair
Firewall configurator
Powershell 6.2.3

 You can purchase a copy of Linspire 8.5 right now; either self-support or full service.


Linspire Support License
Install Media
Order Notes


Linspire Download Edition

Below is a Q&A with the Linspire lead system designer and conceptualist.

Q) : What changes are we seeing from Linspire 8 to 8.5 to justify this as a major release? 
Linspire 8.5 contains a lot of changes which justify it being labeled major rather than incremental. First, major kernel changes; we moved from the 4.x to the 5.x series. Second, installed applications; we removed many that customers have told us weren’t necessary or that required configuration to make the system operate the way they wanted. Fine tuning was performed per customer requests.

Q) There was a story written a few months ago that Linspire broadcasts information to Microsoft servers. To what level do Linspire and PC/OpenSystems developers communicate with Microsoft? Should customers be concerned that their information is being transmitted without consent to a third party? 
Microsoft collects NO customer information, system information or data from PC/OpenSystems LLC and Linspire. Linspire CE Office does use Microsoft Office Online, Outlook, and OneDrive but users have the option to disclose information to Microsoft when they choose to use the release. Linspire comes preinstalled with the Microsoft repositories for Powershell, Skype, .NET Core and VS Code to make it easier for users who wish to use those offerings (NOTE : Skype and Powershell are the ONLY Microsoft applications pre-installed). The ONLY communication Linspire as an OS product has with Microsoft servers is when those applications are updated. Once again, no customer information is transmitted to Microsoft or ANY third-party whatsoever; any claims to the contrary are false.

Q) Who are our customers for Linspire? Who uses Linspire? 
Linspire is used in many different environments and by a diverse group of individuals. Home and home office and all kinds of enterprise-level customers. Its also used by educational facilities, law enforcement agencies, military, scientists and by creative professionals. Linspire and Linspire Enterprise continues to grow and thrive from our expertise in enterprise computing.

Q) Does removing applications make the system less attractive to end users? How does that add value for customers? 
No, it makes it more attractive. If you look at the current market OS alternatives, Windows, macOS, and ChromeOS, they don’t feature tons of software out-of-the-box. Applications are added as necessary to improve the overall experience. Linspire includes an office suite, web browser, audio / video player, and a basic graphics program. Anything else the user may need can be found it in the Software Center and install as needed. For corporate customers who need a custom ISO with specific additional packages, those will be provided when they purchase their license(s). The value added for our customers is ease-of-mind, secure in the knowledge that everything proprietary from Java to BluRay is completely licensed.

Q) How did you choose what software is included in the system and why did you include OnlyOffice vs LibreOffice?
We parsed the available options, looking and opting for simplicity, the least complicated / most immediately intuitive apps we could find. We looked at other OS’ featured in their core lineup. Multimedia, image manipulation, web browsing and a couple of simple games seemed to be the norm; we went one step further and added an office suite. Why did we choose OnlyOffice? What are the common usage scenarios for office suites? Documents, Spreadsheets, and Presentations are the straightforward options shown on the left when the program is launched. The interface resembles MS Office - most of our users and customers are migrating from that environment and we wanted to make the transition seamless.

Q) Is the main distribution the only one being updated? 
 No, All of our CE releases are being updated as is our custom education release. Linspre CE, Linspire CE Office 365 and Linspire CE EDU.

Q) Are the Enterprise releases also being updated as well? 
 No, that update is coming sometime around January 2020.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Debunking Popular Myths about PC/OpenSystems LLC and Linspire

Today we are going to debunk some common myths about PC/OpenSystems LLC and Linspire that some people have.

Myth:  Linspire is a cash grab 
Reality:  We acquired what was left of Bridgeways Xandros offerings specifically for the technology that they had.. Upon examination, we found that many of their offerings had been superseded by technology that had developed after they left the business and instead of working with that we decided to start over and release Linspire. We could have called it Xandros Desktop and been done with it but we liked the clear distinction between the commercial offerings and the community-driven offering.

Myth: you just usurped the Linspire name 
Reality: No, we acquired full rights to the names, Linspire, Freespire and Xandros. We acquired the source and binary code of all the past releases, customer lists and a very incomplete copy of sales records and other important court filings. To answer the next question, no we will not release any information on Microsoft's settlement with Linspire Inc. We decided, under the advice of legal counsel, to honor the confidentiality of that agreement. We did honor ALL legacy sales that were made in anticipation of what would have been Linspire 7 under the umbrella of Xandros and Linspire Inc.

Myth: No one uses Linspire 
Reality: We already had a customer base and we migrated all of our customers over to the Linspire Enterprise. As with all other enterprise offerings we do have users who continue to use Black Lab Linux and we do make security updates available to those users honoring our commitment to Black Lab until 2026. But Linspire is used by all of our legacy and newer customers and continues to thrive in the home user and commercial space.

Myth:  Linspire continues to broadcast information to Microsoft Servers 
Reality: Microsoft collects NO customer information, system information or data from PC/OpenSystems LLC and Linspire. Linspire CE Office 365 does use Microsoft Office Online, Outlook, and OneDrive but users have to make applicable agreements to Microsoft themselves when they decide to use that release. Linspire itself comes preinstalled with the Microsoft repositories for Powershell, Skype, .NET Core and VS Code to make it easier for users who wish to use those offerings although Skype and Powershell are the ONLY Microsoft applications preinstalled. The ONLY communication Linspire as an OS product has with Microsoft servers is when it looks for updates to those applications. Any claims to the contrary are false and continues to demonstrate the incompetence and petty slander from anyone making them. Despite whether they call themselves “Dr.” or otherwise.

Myth: Linspire is an overpriced release of Ubuntu 
Reality: A lot of work goes into creating Linspire and making Linspire commercial ready. We offer service and support, preinstalled systems, preinstalled drives and install media. We charge according to the services customers require. The self-support release of Linspire is cheaper by far and we do not charge customers for services that they don't require or want. Our track record speaks for itself. We have operated as a business since 2008 and we have a customer retention rate of 98% which is a good record for any commercial software entity. In other words, a majority of our customers have been with us since 2008 approximately 11 years and they don't feel ripped off.

Myth:  Freespire has spyware and uses a survey to make money
Reality:  That is completely FALSE.  Freespire has no adware or any survey attached to it.  That incident came from a "reviewer" whom recompiled the release ISO for his "review" simply for the purpose of trying to paint Freespire and Linspire in a bad light.  That situation was discredited as a situation where that individual felt that we were making false claims regarding his favorite Linux distribution and the "news" site that carried that review continues to show their bias against commercial Linux distributions and guilt by not publishing any of our updates and releases.  We do encourage our users to download Freespire from our legitimate OFFICIAL servers as we do check the integrity of those available ISO's at least twice a week.

Myth:  PC/OpenSystems LLC doesn't care about the open-source community 
Reality: We do very much care about open source and sharing our technology and individuals working in it. We do develop a free and open release called Freespire and our core developers and contributors are encouraged to work on other open-source projects when/if they wish. Participation is not required but encouraged.

That covers most of the common myths and realities of Linspire. You can visit https://www.linspirelinux.com or https://www.pc-opensystems.com for more information.

Thank you.