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Why a Deletion of Pear OS From the Web (Including SourceForge) is Mysterious

Summary: A rising star among Ubuntu derivatives abruptly shuts down and some believe that Apple may have caused it

LAST month it was Linux Mint, a popular derivative of Canonical's Ubuntu (there are many such flavours [1,2], including new ones [3]), which received "distro of the year" honours, not just the top position at DistroWatch. Judging by journalists' affinity towards it [4], as well as various positive new reviews [5-8], we are living in a Mint world [9] and Mint may be the world's most popular (depending on how it's measured) GNU/Linux distribution [10]. I use it myself sometimes. No wonder Canonical starts making things harder for Mint, in a similar fashion to what Red Hat did to CentOS back in the days. Canonical can also be quite aggressive with trademarks, but nowhere as aggressive as Apple, which has a history of shutting down clones, critics, and even news sites that reveal Apple "secrets".



Among the popular distributions of Ubuntu there is a Chinese derivative, there is Kubuntu (which I use a lot along with Debian), the rising star Bodhi [11,12] (looking to raise funds right now), and several other independent-from-Canonical 'flavours', some of which we no longer hear about. One that we have been hearing about increasingly is this "French Ubuntu-based desktop Linux distribution" called Pear Linux or Pear OS. People have been speculating that Apple's legal team would harass it.

According to the reports that say Pear OS is gone [13-16] there is also speculation that Apple might have had something to do with it [17]. We previously wrote about Pear OS as it had been rising in popularity and becoming very similar to OS X (like Elementary). Jim Lynch, who thinks that Apple may have had something to do with it, says "[t]he developer mentions that it was bought by another company but doesn't say who nor does he give specific reasons on why they purchased it." Curious to say the least. Softpedia, which has a copy of the distro, says [18]: "It looks like Pear OS also disappeared from many of SourceForge's mirrors." It remains to be know if Apple had something to do with the acquiring party. If we never find out who the buyer is, then maybe, as Lynch insinuates, it was a shell.

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  9. Minty Day in the Linuxsphere
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  10. Is Linux Mint the most popular desktop distro?
    Who knew when Linux Mint started out that it would give Ubuntu itself a run for its money? The article notes the negative reaction to Ubuntu's Unity desktop, and the many dissatisfied Ubuntu users that switched to Linux Mint.

    Think I'm kidding about that? Take a look at the screenshot below from DistroWatch's rankings. Linux Mint is listed in the number one spot, beating out Ubuntu itself. I know a number of people who abandoned Ubuntu immediately when Unity was released, and they haven't looked back since switching to Linux Mint.


  11. Bodhi Linux could easily become a desktop distribution contender


  12. Bodhi Linux powered Chromebook Raffle
    Something you may not know about Bodhi Linux is that we are 100% funded by user donations. We do not plaster our home page or user forums with ad content like so many distros do. We are very thankful to all of the folks that donate to keep our package servers running. Towards the tail end of 2011 we raffled off a Dell Netbook to a random person who donated at least five dollars during a set period of time.


  13. Bodhi Linux could easily become a desktop distribution contender


  14. Bodhi Linux powered Chromebook Raffle
    Something you may not know about Bodhi Linux is that we are 100% funded by user donations. We do not plaster our home page or user forums with ad content like so many distros do. We are very thankful to all of the folks that donate to keep our package servers running. Towards the tail end of 2011 we raffled off a Dell Netbook to a random person who donated at least five dollars during a set period of time.


  15. Pear OS downloads removed
  16. Pear OS Is No Longer Available for Download
    We are extremely sorry to inform all users of the Pear OS Linux operating system that David Tavares, the creator of Pear OS, has announced a few minutes ago on Google+ that the Pear OS distribution will no longer be available for download.


  17. Pear Departure, Bodhi Fundraiser, and Mageia 4 RC
  18. Mysterious Disappearance Of PearOS
    A distro with GUI resembling MacOS and known for distribution of multimedia codecs has suspended downloads. That could violated GPL licensing unless the new owners appear promptly.“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 …”


  19. Was Apple involved in the death of Pear OS?
    Was Apple involved in any way with the death of Pear OS? The conspiracy-minded among us probably think that might be a real possibility, particularly if Apple acted behind the scenes via a shell company. Apple has been known to do just that in years past when it wanted to negotiate for something without having its real identity known.


  20. Pear OS Is No Longer Available for Download


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