Donate to the Black Lab Linux Project

When you donate to the Black Lab Linux Project it helps us with many things:

Domain renewals
Aging equipment replacement

How much should you donate? Any amount you wish. No matter how large or small it goes to the project. We also take hardware donations as well. Contact for details. We thank you for your support.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Black Lab Linux 8.0 released

Today our development team is pleased to announce the release of Black Lab Linux 8.0,  the consumer version of PC/OpenSystems LLC’s flagship distro and a culmination of over a year’s worth of work.

This Black Lab release moves from the previous 14.04 LTS base to the newer 16.04 LTS base.  A major difference in this version is in the inclusion of available desktop environments. Currently, we are the only major Linux distributor outside of Ubuntu that ships Unity as an option.  In addition : the KDE Plasma 5 desktop, LXDE for older / legacy hardware, GNOME 3.18.  XFCE is included on the GNOME ISO and GNOME Flashback session is available within Unity.

Black Lab Linux 8.0 includes the following updated packages:

Kernel 4.4.0-45
Chromium 54
Thunderbird 45.4
LibreOffice 5.2
Gimp 2.8.16
Google Drive Integration (Unity and GNOME 3.18 Only)
Ice SSB 5.2.1
Full UEFI support
exFAT support
Systemd support
Upstart Support (Unity and GNOME 3.18 Only)
GNOME Software Center (Unity, GNOME 3.18, LXDE)
Plasma Software Discover center (KDE Plasma 5)

All this and more - other applications and games are there waiting to be found. All security updates until November 6, 2016 have been applied.

Currently there are no public downloads for Black Lab Linux 8.0.  To ensure that we can continue to develop the best Linux distribution on the planet, Black Lab Linux 8.0 can be purchased from our online store.  For $19.99 USD + shipping you get 30 days installation support; for $45.00 USD you get 12 months of e-mail support.  A free public download of our flagship product will be available December 15, 2016.  And keep in mind that the the holidays will be right around the corner - systems with Black Lab Linux 8.0 preinstalled are also ready to be shipped, wrapped and put under the tree.

Black Lab Linux 8.0
Install Medium
Order Notes

Looking for Black Lab Enterprise Linux for your business, work and school? You can find that here.

Thank you very much for your support. PC / Opensystems LLC would like to wish everyone a safe, festive and memorable holiday season

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8 Service Pack 1 Released

Today the Black Lab Linux Development team is pleased to announce the release of Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8.0 SP1.  Service Pack 1 is jam packed full of new innovations and features.  Black Lab Enterprise Linux is the fastest growing Enterprise desktop Linux offering on the market today.  Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8.0 SP1 is a hybrid operating system meaning you can deploy local applications that you need as well as the cloud based applications that you want.  Its the Enterprise Desktop; Your way.

Black Lab Enterprise Linux offers the KDE desktop.  Black Lab Enterprise Linux is based on the latest LTS release by Canonical and will be supported until 2021.

Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8.0 SP1 includes the following new features

KDE 5.5
kernel 4.4.0-45
Firefox 49.0.1
Thunderbird E-Mail Suite
LibreOffice 5.2
Database Creation
Webmin for remote access administration
Kspice for rebootless kernel installs
full UEFI support
full SNAP support for Ubuntu SNAP packages

You can download the full package list from our website

You can download the new Black Lab SDK from our website which works with Black Lab Linux 8 and Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8.0 SP1 ONLY.

You can purchase Black Lab Enterprise Linux on Live DVD, USB, SD and MicroSD.  You can view all mandatory and optional services provided with Black Lab Enterprise Linux

You can also find more information of Black Lab Enterprise Linux here as well as system specifications.

Purchases can be made through PayPal through your PayPal balance, Credit Card or eCheck.

Black Lab Enterprise Linux
Order Notes:

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Black Lab Linux 8.0 RC1 Released

Today the Black Lab development team has released Black Lab Linux  8.0 RC1 bringing us closer to our November 1st release of Black Lab Linux 8.0.  We have worked on a number of bug fixes and have now made it to RC1.  Some changes to the package lineup include:

16.04 LTS Base
kernel 4.4.0-42
Chromium Web Browser
Thunderbird E-Mail client
LibreOffice 5.2
Full UEFI support
Full SNAP support

Among those changes numerous bugs have been fixed:

Resolved:  GNOME 3 crashes when installing Steam
Resolved:  Prolonged disk selection
Resolved:  HPE Proliant DL20 Grub installation

Although we have fixed many bugs we have a few left to fix before the November 1st release date.

You can download Black Lab Linux 8.0 RC1 from

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Changes to Black Lab Linux

Due to lack of funding for the Black Lab Linux Project we have decided the best way to move forward for Black Lab Linux is to provide it as a commercial only software product.  Hardware and systems that come with Black Lab preinstalled will be provided by PC/OpenSystems LLC

So with that there are a few changes being made to the delivery of Black Lab Linux.  Effective today net/OS is discontinued.  We will honor our support contracts for net/OS and as Service Packs are released we will be rolling out to you Black Lab Enterprise Linux.

Black Lab Linux will continue on and from the Black Lab Linux team you will be provided with your choice of Black Lab Linux and Black Lab Enterprise Linux.


When a new release of Black Lab Linux is rolled out, for the first 45 days it will be a for purchase only product.  You can purchase a boxed set for $19.99 USD or you can purchase a digital download for $9.99 USD.  The purchased box set will provide the GNOME 3 desktop environment ONLY.  After 45 days we will provide a free download of Black Lab Linux.  Black Lab Enterprise Linux will be a for purchase product only.  There will be no digital download and you must purchase a boxed set.  Digital downloads of Black Lab Enterprise Linux will be provided under only special circumstances such as overseas purchases or if you are in a temporary location.  Black Lab Server will only be made available via hardware from PC/OpenSystems LLC.


Black Lab Linux 8.0 will be released November 1st 2016 to RTM on December 15, 2016 we will be providing it as a free download to users .

Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8.0 SP1 will be RTM October 24, 2016 and will be available for purchase on that day

We have prepared a Q&A from the lead system designer Roberto J. Dohnert

Q)  What prompted this change?
 A) It was a purely financial reason.  We love to provide software.  To continue to provide the BEST software I need to retain developers and talent.  To do that they need to get paid.  We had 16 developers working on net/OS.  We had 7 developers working on Black Lab Linux.  Many times their work intersected each other and we were basically paying for the same result twice.  If they arent getting paid then this is a hobby and they need to go to work someplace to be able to provide for their families.  People with that kind of talent tend to go work for more mature software companies and many times software companies like that and yes I mean Apple and Oracle specifically  wont let their people contribute to any kind of software product OR project that directly competes with their products unless they are so directed.  For example, they can go work on things like webkit, the Linux kernel team, GNOME and KDE.  They cannot contribute to Black Lab Linux or openSUSE because we provide products that compete directly with macOS and Solaris.  Thats why we started the new intern program.

Q)  Whats the intern program?
A)   We have trimmed down the number of paid developers to 10 and we have 5 intern slots open.  Basically, they come to work for us for their school credits the only difference is that when they graduate we get first dibs.  We get the first chance to offer them a paid job.  We make our offer if they decide to go work for Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, IBM or anyone else who offers them more money so be it.  I wish them the best of luck.  Now this works out for us, we get to retain our talent and it benefits them. When they graduate and during their internship if they make it known they want to join the team after they graduate they know they have a job.

Q)  What other benefits do we have from these new changes?
A) Well there will be no more fall fundraisers, winter fundraisers or summer fundraisers.  This will also help us replace aging and obsolete hardware as well as advertise more and more importantly and MOST importantly our developers they get paid.  They get to provide for their families and they get a days dollar for a days work.

Q)  How do you plan to compete with Red Hat and others who are in the same business?
A) We already compete with them and quite effectively.  We have deployments in 4 out of 5 US Military branches, numerous law enforcement agencies and educational facilities and in enterprise.  We have successful deployments in telecom and there are two press agencies that use Black Lab for EVERYTHING on all levels of their business.  Thats what we want to see and thats what we want to see more of.

Q) You always said you want to provide a free release of Black Lab Linux, how does these changes affect that?
A) You just have to wait 45 days to get it.  But lets face it, with Black Lab Linux $19.99 for a box set is reasonable.  $9.99 is reasonable for a digital download you are not only just supporting the developers, you are getting the best Linux distribution in the world.  When you buy Black Lab Enterprise Linux you are getting one of the fastest growing and albeit the ONLY enterprise desktop Linux distribution on the market today and when you buy our hardware you are getting tested high performance hardware.  So its a win/win.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Black Lab Linux 8 Beta 3 Released

The development team is pleased to announce the new Beta release of Black Lab Linux 8 – our latest OS offering to bring the best Linux desktop distribution currently on the market. This release moves the kernel and application set away from the prior LTS 14.04 base to the new 16.04 LTS base. Black Lab Linux 8 will showcase 3 desktop environments : MATE, LXDE and GNOME 3. Other improvements include:

Full EFI support
Kernel 4.4.0-38
LibreOffice 5.2
Firefox 49
Full multimedia codec support

As always with an early Beta release, there are known issues:
1 : Installation stalls when connected to the Internet. Workaround : do not connect to the Internet during install, since an Internet connection is not a requirement for EFI systems
2 : Live boot stalls when more than one USB drive is plugged into the system. Workaround : during Liveboot unplug all USB drives, and if the target drive is USB, boot the system fully and only then plug the drive in.
3 : When you install on an HPE Proliant DL20 Gen 9 server, the installation will generate an error installing GRUB – the installer will prompt to Retry or cancel, click on Retry and installation will conclude successfully.
4 : When installing on an SGI Ice Server disk selection is prolonged. We recommend unplugging all drives except for the main target.

You can download ALL desktop flavors from the download site :



Or you can download the release from

Thank you.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Black Lab Linux 7.7 Released

 Today the development team is pleased to announce Black Lab Linux 7.7, the latest release in our stable 7 series. 7.7 is best-suited for users who want to standardize on a Linux distro that’s powerful, easy to use, and offers LTS (Long Term Support).

Updated core apps:

Kernel 3.19.0-68
Chromium Browser 51
Thunderbird 45.2

Included webapps:

Google Maps
Google Contacts
Google Calendar
Google Hangouts
Google Drive

Black Lab Linux 7.7 incorporates all upstream security updates as of September 16, 2016 as well as full support for multimedia codecs.

Black Lab Linux 7.7 can be downloaded from our mirror in ISO format


Q) Why does 7.7 still use the 3.19 kernel?
A) Because this is a security and app update.  If you need a newer kernel or Java 8 we have the preview version of Black Lab Linux 8 available which have those new features

Q) How many more releases of 7 do we have left?
A) Black Lab Linux 7.8 will be released in February 2017.  After that mainstream support ends for the 7.x series and we will have one more rolled ISO, 7.9, and then after that it will be up to users to update their systems but we will make update packs available for 7.x until it goes EOL in Dec 2018.

Q) When will we seen an upgrade to 16.04?
A) that will happen in Black Lab Linux 10.  After that we are moving to Debian as our OS base moving forward.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Black Lab Linux 8 "Onyx" Beta 2 released

Today the Black Lab development team is pleased to release “Onyx” Beta 2 - this brings us one step closer to the stable release of Black Lab 8 due in late November.  Our team is continuously dedicated to bringing you the best Linux desktop – Black Lab is and will continue to be the standard bearer, introducing cutting-edge features without sacrificing usability and stability or a unique, intuitive desktop interface.

New features of “Onyx” Beta 2 :

Local apps

Chromium Web Browser 51
Thunderbird E-Mail client
OpenJDK 8

System Updates

Kernel 4.2
full XFS support
full exFAT support

Web apps

Google Maps
Google Hangouts
Google Photos
Google Contacts
Google Translate

All security updates until Sep 3, 2016

“Onyx” Beta 2 can be downloaded from our website

The Black Lab Linux project needs your support

All contributions go to:

Domain renewals
Aging equipment replacement

How much should you donate? Any amount you wish. No matter how large or small it goes to the project. We also take hardware donations as well. Contact for details. We thank you for your support.