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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Testing 263 Released

Today we are pleased to announce the release of Testing 263.  NOTICE:  There will not be a testing 264 for the week of June 18 - 24 as some developers will be on vacation. Builds will resume in two weeks.

Testing releases are not recommended for production environments it is to test new features of Black Lab Linux as such Testing releases are released with NO warranty and we are not responsible for any data loss

Testing 263 includes the following improvements:

MATE 1.16
kernel 4.8.0-54
Security updates to the kernel from June 5th to June 9th
Improvements to the NVIDIA driver installations
Improvements to installation on recycled Google Search Appliances

Testing 263 has the following issues

ACER Aspire E 5 trackpad non-funtional
Installation quits during "configuring hardware" on Oracle X-6 Server
On ACER Aspire AIO Direct install crashes must boot in live mode and install from a live session
32 bit UEFI still non-functional on UEFI systems either disable secureboot or use 64 bit
Installation to JFS filesystem causes "fsck.jfs not found" upon boot (fix:  go into synaptic and remove btrfs utils package)
RealVNC installation crashes session
Caja crashes when you are on a Windows Share for too long

You can download Testing 263 from here

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/weekly/testing-263-x64.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/weekly/testing-263-x64.iso.md5
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/weekly/testing-263-x64.iso.sha256

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Testing 262 released

Today we are pleased to announce the release of Testing 262.  Testing 262 has many improvements in the stable kernel as well as changes to the desktop.

Testing releases are not recommended for production environments it is to test new features of Black Lab Linux as such Testing releases are released with NO warranty and we are not responsible for any data loss

Testing 262 includes the following improvements:

MATE 1.16
Ukuu Kernel update utility
kernel 4.8.0-53
Security updates to the kernel from May 29 to June 1st
Wireless stability updates - Wireless network connections are more stable.

Testing 262 has the following issues

Still have some reported VirtualBox Black screens
Macbook Pro 2012 Wireless still not working
Chromebook Pixel install will lead to a command line interface upon reboot.  BUT after a second reboot the GUI does activate and works as supposed to
ACER Cloudbook 14 - Installer crashes when you disable UEFI and try legacy boot
32 bit UEFI still being worked on although we have had preliminary success
Kerberos will not issue stable tickets to ArcaOS 5.0 systems on the network
BTRFS Filesystem:  Grub will not boot other OS's
ZFS:  ZFS pools not showing up in File manager
Thunar crashes when accessing Network Drives

You can download Testing 262 from here

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/weekly/testing-262-x86_64.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/weekly/testing-262-x86_64.iso.md5
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/weekly/testing-262-x86_64.iso.sha256

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Testing 261 Released

Back from a grueling 2 weeks of major releases of our products, today we are releasing Testing build 261 of Black Lab Enterprise Linux.  These testing builds are a snapshot of new releases and are not recommended for production use.

The following changes have been made to Testing 261

Kernel 4.8.0-53
Ukuu for testing different mainline kernels
Vivacious Icon set applied as the default
Chromium 58
Improved installer
OpenVPN now included
YUM and RPM support
Fixed black screen on VMWare
Build essential installed by default

The following issues have been reported

Broadcom wireless adapters keep dropping signal
Caja locks up when connecting to a Windows Share
When installing on a 2012 Macbook Pro wireless drivers cause kernel panic
Firefox 53 wont allow use of Google Talk

You can download Testing 261 from the following locations:


http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/weekly/testing-261-x86_64.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/weekly/testing-261-x86_64.iso.md5
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/weekly/testing-261-x86_64.iso.sha256

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.0.1 Released

Today we issued an emergency release of Black Lab Enterprise Linux.  During the past couple of weeks users have come to use with some issues that they were facing and we decided to go outside of our release schedule and issue an update as well as update our ISO's.  The only differences in this release are:

  • MATE has been made the default desktop because of some underlying issues people were having with GNOME
  • Kernel 4.8.0-52
  • Evolution replaced Thunderbird as the default mail client due to Googles sign-on dialog no longer working with Thunderbird.


The issues this releases resolves are as follows:


  • Macbook Air wireless is now working again
  • Build-Essential has been restored
  • OpenVPN speed issues have been resolved
  • Black Screen on VirtualBox installs have been resolved
  • Installation would hang at 'configuring hardware' on HP Proliant servers
  • On SGI ICE Servers Black Lab ENT would install but Grub would become corrupted and not boot


This should be the last update outside of our normal 12 month release schedule.

This has been applied to all releases, Enterprise, Education, Studio and IoT.

You can download all updated ISO's from here.  Customers can also upgrade their current installs to resolve Macbook Wireless and OpenVPN issues

Enterprise

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/enterprise/bll-ent-11-x86_64.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/enterprise/bll-ent-11-x86_64.iso.md5
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/enterprise/bll-ent-11-x86_64.iso.sha256

Education

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/education/bll-edu-11-x86_64.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/education/bll-edu-11-x86_64.iso.md5
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/education/bll-edu-11-x86_64.iso.sha256

IoT

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/iot/bll-11-iot-x86_64.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/iot/bll-11-iot-x86_64.iso.md5
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/iot/bll-11-iot-x86_64.iso.sha256

Studio

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/studio/bll-11-studio-x86_64.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/studio/bll-11-studio-x86_64.iso.md5
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/studio/bll-11-studio-x86_64.iso.sha256


Monday, May 15, 2017

Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11 Desktop Spins released

Today we released two spins of Black Lab Enterprise Linux.  XFCE and
MATE.  These releases contain the same software as the GNOME edition
including:

Kernel 4.8 LTS
KDE Runtime for QT apps
LibreOffice 5.3
Firefox ESR
Evolution e-mail and groupware suite
Intuitive double panel layout for a similarity among interfaces
Multiple filesystem support so the system can be installed on an XFS,
EXT4, BTRFS, JFS partition

You can download the XFCE and Mate builds from here:


http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/spins/

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11 Released

This is a milestone release for PC/OpenSystems LLC. Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11 balances cutting-edge performance with the most stable GNOME desktop experience available. There are 4 versions tailored to the Enterprise, Education(al) sector and Studio professional. IoT (Internet Of Things) is a core OS experience built around the Xfce DE for embedded, single board systems and low-resource systems provided by Intel.  Black Lab Enterprise Linux is the fastest growing enterprise desktop Linux distribution on the market with deployments ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. 4 out of 5 US military branches utilize Black Lab Linux Enterprise; local and federal law enforcement agencies and federal research facilities also. The entertainment industry takes advantage of its serious multimedia capabilities. Transportation and food service find its stability and ease-of-use vital to their day-to-day logistics.  Black Lab Enterprise Linux for Education is on classroom screens in hundreds of school systems in all 50 states; Black Lab Enterprise Linux for Education has an international presence as well, the system is used in Germany to enhance the educational experience of students, Black Lab Enterprise Linux for Education is deployed in several educational facilities on the African continent and is becoming an increasing presence in South America.

Each features :

Kernel 4.8 LTS
Flatpak
KDE Runtime for QT apps
LibreOffice 5.3
Google Chrome 58
Skype preloaded.
Intuitive single-panel Desktop featuring Applications menu, date, time, Activities.
Multiple filesystem support so the system can be installed on an XFS, EXT4, BTRFS, JFS partition
Support for ChromiumOS style web containers

For the Enterprise user :

1). Built for small to medium sized businesses
2). Built for military, law enforcement and research labs
3). Utilities for easy database creation
4). Includes DWM for embedded systems
5). Hybrid solution for deployment of cloud and traditional applications


For the Education(al) sector :

1). Built for Pre-K - 12 schools
2). All Edubuntu and DebianEDU applications are included.
3). Support for the KinectOne cameras bundled.
4). Featuring Synergy (mouse and keyboard control for multiple systems) and Nitroshare (easy file sharing app).
5). ICE SSB for making web application links
6). Bleachbit for secure data deletion

For the Studio pro :

1). Real-time kernel
2). Professional Audio and video editing
3). TV and Radio station automation
4). Mixxx DJ Console

IoT :

1). System Backup builder to customize your build for specific devices.
2). Xfce apps (Terminal, Ristretto (image viewer), Parole (media player), Xfburn, Task Manager, Orage Calendar / Globaltime) for lightweight functionality.
3). Ice webapp integration for site-specific-browser desktop apps.
4) Tools for automation and specific workloads

You can find out more about minimum system requirements and more information on the Black Lab Enterprise Linux page.

Black Lab Enterprise Linux

Black Lab Enterprise Linux and its variants are provided as a self-supported free download option.

Download Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11      md5

Download Black Lab Enterprise Linux for Education 11      md5

Download Black Lab Studio Linux       md5

Download Black Lab Enterprise Linux for IoT        md5


Support

The self supported free download option provides you with forum and community support only.  While you can submit support and bug reports those will be handled on a case by case basis and will have priority in terms of system stability and security.  The self support ISO will be provided as a download only.

Commercial Support provides you with 12 months of phone and e-mail support as well as the option for onsite and remote support as well as other services we provide such as system auditing, security review and hardware diagnosis and repair.  Commercial licensing is very modular  and we also provide a unlimited client license

You can purchase commercial licenses here or from our webstore


Black Lab Enterprise Linux License
Install Media
Order notes


Black Lab Enterprise for Education Licensing
Install Media
Order notes


Black Lab Studio Licensing
Install Media
Order notes

Hardware Support

While Black Lab Enterprise Linux runs on a wide variety of generic PC hardware, PC/OpenSystems LLC also provides custom hardware where Black Lab Enterprise Linux and its variants are preinstalled as the default OS.

PC/OpenSystems Desktop and Server Systems

Monday, April 17, 2017

Weekly 258 Released

Today we are releasing Weekly 258 which is our newest developmental release before we continue there will be a few announcements going forward.

GNOME3 will be our default desktop going forward.  We will still supply XFCE and Mate as alternative desktops.

All of our weekly's going forward will be based on GNOME3.

Weekly 258 is based on the Mate Desktop and includes the following updates

kernel 4.8.0-46
bind9-host
dnsmasq-base
dnsutils
gir1.2-javascriptcoregtk-4.0
gir1.2-webkit2-4.0
libbind9-140
libdns-export162
libdns162
libisc-export160
libisc160
libisccc140
libisccfg140
libjavascriptcoregtk-4.0-18
liblwres141
libwebkit2gtk-4.0-37
libwebkit2gtk-4.0-37-gtk2

We have also enabled Canonicals Partner Repository with express permission from Canonical

You can download Weekly 258 from here:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/weekly/weekly-258-x86_64.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/weekly/weekly-258-x86_64.iso.md5