Was Apple involved in the death of Pear OS?

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The death of Pear OS

The developer of Pear OS has posted on Google+ that the Mac-like Linux distribution has been sold to another company and can no longer be downloaded.

Pear OS is no longer available for download.

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 ...

Did Apple Kill Pear OS?
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I did a review of Pear OS 8 a while back for Desktop Linux Reviews. If you're a fan of Apple's products then you would have loved Pear OS since it was as close as we'll ever get to seeing a Linux distribution released by Apple.

The issue of who is behind the death of Pear OS is quite intriguing. The 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.

When I did my review of Pear OS 8, I wondered if Apple would ever go after the developer for trademark violations since it closely resembles some of Apple's products. Apple is not known for being tolerant if they think their intellectual property rights have been violated.

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.

But I doubt this very much since Pear OS didn't seem to have anything Apple would actually need. If Apple was going to deal with Pear OS it most likely would have gone through its lawyers instead of acting through clever subterfuge by posing as another company.

So the question remains: Who killed Pear OS? For now we simply don't know, it remains a mystery. But hopefully the company responsible will soon step out of the shadows and make its intentions known. Is Pear OS really dead forever or will it be reborn in a new form? We'll just have to wait and see.

What's your take on the death of Pear OS? Do you know who killed it? Share your thoughts in the comments below. It will be very interesting to see if readers have any viable theories about who is behind this shocking termination of a very unique Linux distribution.

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