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 …”
What well known company would do this? An OEM? Apple, M$? We shall see. I reserve judgment until then. It all depends on who and why. If it’s Apple or M$ that’s likely an anti-competitive act. That’s very unlikely as PearOS was barely on the radar at Distrowatch. If it’s an OEM, this could be an important step to getting GNU/Linux onto retail shelves. For some reason OEMs prefer distros with some angle different from the likes of Debian although Debian is not anti-business in any way. They just don’t ship software without a proper licence like some codecs. Presumably a business could afford to pay whatever licensing fees are required and fix that. Why then, PearOS? Some OEMs think Apple is the one true source of wisdom. Perhaps they think imitating Apple is a recipe for success. Samsung was accused of that but Samsung is way ahead of Apple now and is not looking back. Maybe GNU/Linux’s time is coming.