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.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Summer Fundraiser

Today we launch our Summer fundraiser for the Black Lab Linux Project. Our goal to keep the distribution afloat and continue to provide a free version. Our goal is $5,000 USD. What we do with raised funds is pay for advertising, purchase new hardware to replace aging and broken machines, pay for domain registrations and to pay contributors. If you would like to donate hardware as long as its not over 5 years old you can contact me at You can donate using PayPal.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Black Lab Linux 7.6 Released

Today we are releasing Black Lab Linux 7.6.  Black Lab Linux 7.6 is the latest release of our stable 7.x series of OS's.  Black Lab Linux 7.6 is supported long term until April 2019.

Whats New

There are a lot of changes to Black Lab Linux 7.6 some of which include:

Linux Kernel 3.19.0-58
LibreOffice 5.1.2
Firefox 45.0.2
Thunderbird 38.6.0
GNOME Documents
Tracker fast search
HexChat IRC client
XFCE 4.12 Enhancements
Skippy XD Expose style task switcher
Steam Game Client

All security updates until April 18, 2016

System Requirements
  •     512MB RAM (1GB recommended).
  •     8GB of disk space required (15GB recommended).
  •     Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution.
  •     DVD drive or USB port.
  •    Keyboard and mouse
  •    Touch screen input

Important Notes

Black Lab Linux 64 bit can boot on either UEFI or BIOS devices (we recommend turning off secure-boot if not necessary)

Black Lab Linux 32 bit can boot only on BIOS devices

Some NVIDIA GeForce cards don't work well with the open-source driver provided by the Black Lab Linux kernel. If Black Lab Linux freezes during boot, use the "nomodeset" boot option in grub.

Some Virtual Machine setups will not allow boot into Live mode, if this occurs boot into the direct installer from the boot menu.

Upgrade from 7.0.x

Open a terminal and type the following commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade


You can download Black Lab Linux 7.6 from

Black Lab Linux 7.6 64 bit      md5
Black Lab Linux 7.6 32 bit      md5

Donate and Purchase

 When you donate or purchase installable media from 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. You can purchase Black Lab Linux from our webstore.  We thank you for your support.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Black Lab NET - the ChromeOS killer!

Black Lab Linux has always featured web-centric applications, but BLL-NET is taking this to new extremes of speed and useability...

The ICEssb addon delivers best-of-breed webapp content to the Black Lab desktop with the speed and reliability that its users have come to expect : GMail, Google Drive, Microsoft Office Online and Outlook :

And the ICE addon lets the user add popular sites, like, say....Instagram?

Fill in the fields, let ICE pick the site's favicon, and you're ready to go with a home-cooked webapp. If like me you're lucky enough to live near C.M.B.C., have one with me, or if not, just use Black Lab Net and an Instagram web app to follow Cape May Brewing - enjoy!

The usual set of local applications hasn't been neglected, with a small-but-well-chosen set : VLC (media), Gedit (text editor), Chromium (default browser and the hook for the ICEssb addon). Built on the modular, configurable and ultra-stable Xfce desktop, BLL-NET is ready for action - download it, burn it, take it for a spin! It'll run as well as ChromeOS, minus the Chromebook.

Download it here :


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Black Lab 8 "Onyx" Alpha 2 is released!

Today, PC / Opensystems LLC is pleased to announce the second alpha release in the upcoming Black Lab 8 "Onyx" series. The team continues to focus on the desktop experience, bringing the same high-performance and rock-solid stability that its users have come to expect from Black Lab Linux.

So what's new with Black Lab Linux 8 “Onyx” Alpha 2? Here are some highlights:

LibreOffice 5.1.
Docker integration.
gpg 2.0.22.
Xfdashboard (GNOME-shell-style interface for the Xfce desktop) included.
Full support for the Xbox One and Xbox One Kinect controllers.
OpenJRE 8.
USB-C is now supported.
Improved Windows Phone, Android based phone and iPhone 6/6S integration.

These are some Issues that have been fixed by the development team :

Macbook hibernation issue - some of our users reported that the laptop required a reboot to wake up from sleep
Screen fragmentation with the Intel HD driver resolved.
Surface Pro 3 touchscreen responsiveness improved.

New supported hardware to run your favorite distro on :

Mac Pro 2015 now supported.
Pixel C supported.

Some things change, the rest stays the same : Onyx Alpha 2 includes the same great application mix that its users depend on :

Download Onyx here!

If you would like to contribute documentation, artwork or code please contact PC / OS at support_at_pc-opensystems_dot_com and we will let you know what areas require contributors;if you prefer to contribute funds to sustain your favorite distro, donate through our homepage

Thank you!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Black Lab Linux 7.0.5 released

Black Lab Linux 7.0.5 has been released. New in this release is:

LibreOffice 5.1
kernel 3.19.51

This being an incremental release all security and application updates up to March 1, 2016 have been applied.  For a full package listing download the Package List .

Issues resolved include the Firefox segmentation faults that many users experienced with 7.0.4, installer crashes and VirtualBox performance issues.

You can download the release from Ibiblio…/7/…/bll-705-x86_64.iso.md5

The Black Lab Linux Project continues to deliver great software due to your support.  Consider donating monetarily or contributing code and packages to the project.

Thank you

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

From a contributor (not the developer) - Black Lab GNOME running the Budgie Desktop!

The Budgie Desktop is developed by Ikey Doherty for Evolve OS - what makes it interesting and unique is that it doesn't fork GNOME, instead utilizing the underlying applications and libraries seamlessly. Here's a first look;check it out!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Black Lab Enterprise Linux Developer Preview 4 is available for download

Today PC / Opensystems LLC is pleased to announce the release of Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8.0 DP4 (Developer Preview 4). Designed for developers and companies who use Black Lab Enterprise Linux in their organization to port applications, test and prepare Linux desktop and server deployments. Our latest release features the XFCE desktop with GNOME, KDE and LXDE available as alternative desktop environments in the repositories.

DP4 includes these changes :

Linux Kernel
LibreOffice 5.1
Chromium 48.0
Thunderbird Suite 38.6
VirtualBox 5
PostgreSQL integrated
Docker integration (coming in final release)
Encrypted folders (coming in final release)

Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8 Developer Preview 5 will be feature complete. Download Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8.0 DP4 from Ibiblio :