25 March 2016

Pear OS... What really happened?!

Before start the article, I want to point out that, this is my small contribution to trying to demystify the Pear OS theme. I will concentrate on the news, reports and events that I've collected since the beginning of this distribution.

How it all began...

David Tavares, the developer behind the Pear OS project, started creating for his own use a free alternative with the look and feel of OS X. After a while, he shared with is friends and his friends shared with their friends, and the free alternative with the look and feel of OS X gets spread between a small, but enthusiast group of fans.
Briefly, things become more serious and David is faced with many requests for updates and further development. That's when he decides to create an Ubuntu based operating system. called Pear OS.

Screenshot of Pear OS 8 logo

How it all ended...

Pear OS Project quickly attracted a lot of attention, and followed by a large group of people that wanted the look and feel from the Cupertino desktop environment.
Despite all this, it wasn't all that great for the project. Stability issues and several critical errors in most released versions, induced Pear OS receive many negative reviews from so-called "experts" from YouTube and other social networks.

However, that wasn't the main cause for the ending of the Pear OS project. At the end of the development of Pear OS 9, the most unlikely thing happened!
David announced the purchase of the Pear OS project by a well-known company with international reputation, and for reasons of anonymity, the company couldn't be revealed.

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

Rumours and conspiracies...

The news shocked the users, fans and supporters. It was then that rumors and conspiracies exploded on the social network, and almost everything was said about it. 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 company behind the acquisition, were the folks from the Clementine Music Player!".

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 isn't 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 Pear OS fan and it was with sadness that I saw this great project disappear, especially the way it 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 who have an active role in a GNU/Linux OS, knows that isn't straightforward as might appear.

In the end, as the trees in a forest sometimes fall and on the empty space left by them, there are new trees growing in the same space, now, there are new starter up projects with the same orientation as Pear OS.
These new projects, have as main objective to offer an operating system with great functionality, and an amazing look and feel.

Here's a link to one of Pear OS's legacy.

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, they made a new announcement informing that they have joined the Liri Project.

If you want to know everything about this new project, just follow the link of Liri Project website. 

24 October, 2018
Article Update

Ok, there's a new development from Trenta OS.
KevDoy, the Founder and Designer at @TrentaIO, mentioned in Trenta's blog, that they will give a new chance to Trenta Linux-based operating system.

I quote:
"So today we are happy to announce to committing our new (and old resources) to have a test build of Trenta OS by the end of 2018. This new build will utilize our new advancements of Rainier UI and the Ubuntu Operating System and will be available internally and to a curated list of community testers." by KevDoy on Trenta's Blog.

Although you can not expect a new release soon, as announced. They mentioned to launch a new build by the end of this year, but as always, it will be like "wait and see".

On Liri project, development still's going on, and there's available a Nightly alpha build with 900 MB, that you can try and test.

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