Pear OS Is History!

RIP Pear OS; Pear OS discontinued

Start of 2014 sees the demise of another Linux distribution. This time its Mac lookalike Pear OS that bids good bye. Starting from today, Pear OS is no longer available for download. Pear Cloud server will also go offline from 31 January.

Unlike Linux distributions that were discontinued in 2013, Pear OS is not discontinued for the lack of fund or man power, rather it has been bought by some unknown big enterprise (I hope its not Apple :P) that will use Pear OS for its own product. That means Pear OS cannot be forked or continued by community.

Owner of Pear OS, David Tavares announced the news on Facebook on 20 January 2014.

Its future is now in hands of a company who wants to remain anonymous for the moment. The concept has pleased them it and now wants to continue and improve the system for their own products. I can not give a name but it is a very large company well known …

The same message is displayed on the Pear OS website as well. David thanked the user and developers for their support in the farewell message.

Probably this explains why Pear OS 8 was excessively buggy. David was less focused on developing Pear OS as he was busy in finalizing the deal.  {Read: Pear OS 8 review}

I saw couple of angry messages on social networking sites that it goes against the ‘norms’ of Open Source. While the outburst is justified to an extent, it is David’s right to choose what he thinks is better for his future. As he indicated that he is going in other direction, may be to start a  new venture. I wish him good luck for his future.

With Pear OS gone, its users may install Elementary OS Luna, another Ubuntu based distribution with OS X-inspired looks.

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  • One can make almost any distribution (especially with GNOME, Mate and XFCE) to look and feel like Mac Os. I like Mac aesthetics and I did use in my Linux Mint… if corporation want to buy that, good for the Pear developers! ;-) Personally, I like Open Source.

  • can someone please explain to me how an open source project can be bought and “cannot be forked or continued by community”?

    • It is all legal stuff. If the project owner, blinded by a larger money bag, signed contract, then PearOS itself can become proprietary, if having all the rights…would not be the only one on the world btw, there are other commercial linux systems

      • But if the source code for their os is free, then everyone owns it and no one owns it, isn’t that the legal rules as defined by the GPL’s?

        • Because the source code originally is free, or was, maybe, does not mean that it will be if a company decides to turn ship to other direction and after changing many things on codebase, evolving it, making it commercial!

          • it still doesn’t make sense, the GPL was written so that sort of thing would not happen. If you use the code can you add to it and redistribute it, but you have to keep it free

          • Have to?!! No one can sue you at court if you don’t do so, it is a free stuff as you told too, so the have to part isn’t right, it is depending on one’s conciousness

          • So you’re saying i can just take libre office and make it proprietary? Or darktable, or blender? Or Microsoft can buy libreoffice and seal the code in their vaults or shred it so that it “cannot be forked or continued by community”? Seriously?

          • Untrue. The reason the GPL works is that it *is* legally binding. Courts have upheld it (every time it’s come to court, so far as I know), and some violators (including D-Link, I believe) have thought it valid enough that they chose to settle rather than litigate.

            You might be interested in some of the stuff at , especially the legal mailing list.

          • Free, OpenSource Software does not prevent it from being used in closed-source commercial software. It only prevents the open-source portions that people donated free effort into from being taken away. The new closed-source developments would not have to be shared. In Apple’s case, Darwin is open source and they have to provide access to Darwin or some way back to their source of it, but not the full Mac OS experience.

        • You are right on how the GPL works. Components that are GPL licensed must maintain that license. In the GPL license it states that if I create an application and stick a GPL license on it, when someone takes that code and makes it even more awesome but wants to charge for it, he/she is entitled to do so, but it MUST retain it’s GPL license and therefore the source code remain freely available

          • pearOS has many licences:
            the grub loader uses MIT
            the font (sen) uses the Open Font License
            the forums use MIT

  • I installed this on an external HD just yesterday, only to see it move on. Perhaps Mr. Tavares could lend his hand to the elementary project, seeing as they have similar end-goals (or so it would seem).

    I guess I’ll have to try Oikyo Linux instead :)

  • I have a hard time understanding why there is value in a distribution, I mean Pear was just the GUI, right? It wasn’t good, we probably could have took up a collection and bought it.