In the product update post I put out a few days ago some people noticed a change, and that change was the addition of PC/OS Desktop and PC/OS Server. So what happened to Xandros? We decided the best time to retire the Xandros branding was coming. Xandros was one of the properties we acquired back in 2017. We decided to revive Xandros for our commercial line because we wanted to differentiate our enterprise offerings from our consumer offerings. Now, let me answer the #1 question people will ask. What about Linspire and Freespire? Linspire is by far our most successful product. Putting a bullet in it would be like Ford putting a bullet in the F-150, its not going to happen and Freespire, the OSS counterpart of Linspire, will stay as is. No changes there. But for our Enterprise offerings we decided it was time for a reboot. We had a few people on the enterprise team we had to let go. There were a few more that asked to leave to pursue opportunities with larger companies. It has nothing to do with the pandemic or the health of the company. We are very healthy and can still make payroll and bills. The problem was the Enterprise team got to large. We had a meeting where we all agreed it was time to slim down and reboot Enterprise. Now, this is NOT a reflection on the people who left. All were professional, all are very capable and if I got a reference request from any of them most of them would get glowing references. I do want to thank Mark, Lee, Andrew, Kelli, John, Ryan and Timothy the best of luck in their next pursuits. PC/OpenSystems would not be where it is today without their contributions.
So the Enterprise team is a lot slimmer than it was and we all agreed we needed to have a hard reset. We needed to focus on what was important. One of the things we agreed was that it was time to toss out the baggage of the past. Xandros went out on a high note in 2009, and it went out on an even higher note in 2022. Sales were FANTASTIC but I always felt that it was someone elses identity and what we were missing was an identity of our own. So we start from the beginning. PC/OS was our product that we introduced that was first based on Gentoo and then changed to Ubuntu LTS then changed to our BSD distribution as we thought we had a clear use for the name OS/4, we will talk about that later, but PC/OS never died it was just based on BSD and we will continue to use the name, just tweaked, to PC/OS BSD. PC/OS Desktop and PC/OS Server are based on Linux, bit for bit the same as the Xandros base just rebranded. Since PC/OS BSD is only available for our UNIX customers and not marketed for general distribution there will be no confusion in the market. PC/OS Desktop and PC/OS Server will also follow the Ubuntu bases versioning, so PC/OS Desktop and Server 20.04.4 are based on the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS codebase , PC/OS Desktop and Server 22.04 will be based on the Ubuntu 22.04 codebase once again, going back to the beginning, we will support ours a LOT longer than Ubuntu supports theirs. But, the consumer teams for Linspire and Freespire are focused on their products and the PC/OS team is focused on theirs.
For Xandros customers whats changed? Nothing. We will continue to support Xandros in the wild, all customers will continue to get updates to EOL and those who use the ISO refreshes will just have new branding. No support contracts will be altered, all will be honored and the only difference in the free download are some enterprise specific features and while the free download has some of the basic multimedia codec support the subscriber version has them all and as I have always said since 2002 every Linux distribution that we have will ALWAYS have a free version available.
We introduced the change just hours ago and the reception has been AWESOME. For me it feels like a breath of fresh air and for the first time in a long time. Im excited. You can get more information below.