Friday, 25 March 2016

Pear OS... What really happened!

Before I start the article, I want to mention that, this is my small contribution to demystify the Pear OS matter. I will try to be objective as possible, and focus to share the bits of information and events, that I noticed since the early days of Pear OS.

How it all started...

David Tavares, the developer behind the Pear OS project, started to create a free alternative to OS X by imitating its user experience, for his own use. After a while, and because he shared with is friends, and his friends shared with their friends, the Linux OS with OS X user experience gets known between a small but, enthusiast group of fans.
Briefly, things become more serious and David is faced with many requests for updates and more development. It's when he decides to create an operating system based on Ubuntu, with the user experience based on OS X, named Pear OS.

Screenshot of Pear OS 8 logo

How it all ended...

Pear OS project quickly got attention, and gets a cult following people that wanted to have the Cupertino desktop experience, and couldn't afford to do so. But wasn't all going well, the OS wasn't quite stable and had several critical errors in most launched versions. That's when Pear OS gets so much negative attention from reviews/overviews of the so called "experts" from Youtube, and other social web.

However, this wasn't the main cause for the end of the Pear OS project. In the end of the development of Pear OS 9, the unexpected happened...  - David announced the purchase of the Pear OS project by a well-known company with international reputation, but for reasons of anonymity the company was not revealed.

       It's the end of Pear OS project... - At the time, Digitallofice announced this particular event. 

Rumours and conspiracies...

The news shocked all the users, fans and supporters. From then on, rumours and conspiracies just exploded in the social web and almost everything was said. It was mentioned that “The buyout was a cover up” as also “Apple’s lawyers just shut it down”, inclusively someone launched an rumour that "... the folks from the Clementine Music Player. was the company behind the acquisition".

Indeed! Much was said...

Screenshot from the Pear OS 8 -:- Original Image from Digitallofice

So, what really append...

Well, I can't say for sure what happend, the only person that can tell the true story, is the man behind the Pear Os Project... David Tavares. I can say for sure, there is plentiful of speculations how Pear OS ended, and conspiracies apart, there was somebody or something that had a great influence, for David's abrupt decision.

I tried to contact David, but unfortunately the last I heard about him was on Google+. He was at the time collaborating with a new operating system, but even there, he stopped the collaboration and disappeared, the Google+ account ended/deleted.

The so called new PearOS 9.3

The Pear operating system is not extinct, at least its soul is still present. Even today, after almost three years, there are people who want the return of the Pear OS Project, like a phoenix reborn from the ashes. People like Rodrigo Marques who created an Ubuntu-based system with a MacOSX themed GNOME shell. He called his personal project as PearOs, and as Rodrigo mentions in SourceForge, I quote:

"The PearOS is not a Linux distribution, it is Ubuntu with MacOSX theme, based on ubuntu 14:04 and modified gnome shell.
The basis of the system is completely ubuntu .
It is a remaster of private use and is not for profit and commercial ."

In opposition to the latest social news and rumours ( you know, who you are ), Pear OS isn't back.
PearOS is an amazing and eye-candy remaster, with an heavy customisation of Ubuntu-Gnome made by Rodrigo Marques for personal use, nothing more!

I leave the links here, so you can see for yourself.

Screenshot of PearOS 9.3  by Rodrigo Marques

Final thoughts...

I confess, I was a fan of Pear OS and it was with true sorrow that I saw this great project ended, especially in the conditions that ended.
This project was in the early beginning, and it was a one man job. David Tavares was carrying out a terrific work by maintaining, developing and creating it own apps, like Pear Cloud, MyPear and Pear Contacts. For those that contribute for a Linux distribution, knows that isn't as easy as it looks.

At the end, like a tree that is cut off, there are new trees growing in the same space left from the cut tree. Now, there are several new start-up projects, with the same orientation of Pear OS. The new born distributions, has as main objective to give a distribution with a greater look and feel. These is the true legacy of Pear OS.

I leave here the link to one that follows the legacy of Pear OS.

Trenta OS
28 October, 2017
Article Update

Unfortunately, Trenta OS is no longer available.
In August 2017, Trenta OS team announced that development was halted, and they would join another project. Later on, they made a new announcement saying that they joined the Liri Project.
If you interested on this new project, you can follow them on Liri Project website. 

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