Spring Fundraiser

Today we start our Spring Fundraiser which runs until May 31, 2015. Our fundraiser goal is $2,o00.00 USD which will help in paying for:

Domain renewals
Advertising
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 support@pc-opensystems.com for details.






Friday, August 21, 2015

kernel 4.1.6 Update Kit released

Today we are pleased to release the new kernel update kit for Black Lab Linux.  This will update your system with the Linux kernel 4.1.6.  some of the changes to Linux kernel 4.1.6 include:

  • EXT4 gains file-system level encryption (thanks to Google)
  • Logitech lg4ff driver improves ‘force feedback’ for gaming wheels
  • Toshiba laptop driver gains USB sleep charging and backlight improvements
  • Rumble support for Xbox One controller
  • Better battery reporting in Wacom tablet driver
  • Various misc. power improvements for both ARM and x86 devices
  • Samsung Exynos 3250 power management improvements
  • Support for the Bamboo Pad
  • Lenovo OneLink Pro Dock gains USB support
  • Support for Realtek 8723A, 8723B, 8761A, 8821 Wi-Fi cards
You can download the kernel updater from Sourceforge and includes 32 bit and 64 bit support.

kernel 4.1.6 Enablement Kit

System Requirements

Black Lab Linux 4.x/5.x/6.x/2015.x
Ubuntu 12.x/14.x
Linux Mint 17.x



Sunday, July 19, 2015

Black Lab Linux 2015.7 XFCE released

Today we are releasing the new build of Black Lab Linux GNOME 2015.7.  This spin uses the XFCE desktop 4.12 and is based on the Ubuntu and Ubuntu Server LTS technologies that power our distributions.    We have set it up with a unique layout.  This release is available in 64 bit and 32 bit releases.  This release is fully supported until the year 2020 as our other releases.  You can also order this desktop environment preinstalled on systems and on your USB Keys and SD cards.  Black Lab Linux is also available with the GNOME desktop environment, the Mate desktop and the KDE desktop.

So what has changed in this release?  Below are some current changes that we have made to the system.

XFCE 4.12
Kernel 3.16.0-43
Ubuntu Compatible Kernel 3.19
Mainstream Kernel 4.0 available via an install script
GCC 4.9.2
Firefox 39
Thunderbird with Lightning Extension 31.7
LibreOffice 4
Steam Client
Shotwell
GNU Image Manipulation Program
Inkscape
Ristretto
Audacity
gMTP

Plus much much more

Black Lab Linux XFCE 2015.7  also contains all security updates until July 14, 2015

You can download it for free from ibiblio.org

http://distro.ibiblio.org/pcos/

You can also purchase Black Lab Linux 2015.7 XFCE from our store.



USB Key
Medium
Order Notes:
Desktop Environment

Monday, July 13, 2015

Happy Birthday Black Lab Linux Project

This month we celebrate 7 years for the Black Lab Linux Project and with that we are selling a commemorative wireless keyboard and mouse combination.  This keyboard comes with the Paw key and goes great with the BriQ or any of our other systems and comes in a range of colors.

Black
Gold
Blue
Green
Pink

So show your support for the Black Lab Linux project and order yours today.




Black Lab Commemorative Keyboard
Color

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Why we are not releasing a MATE 32 bit build

As some people have asked us, they see a GNOME 32 bit build and an XFCE 32 bit build but what about MATE.  We have decided to regulate the MATE build to maintenance mode.  Maintenance mode means that we will continue to provide support for that flavor but it will not be an option for Enterprise or Education except for a custom configuration and it can no longer be ordered on hardware.  We are devoting very minimal resources to that desktop flavor.

Why?  We use the Ubuntu LTS releases as the basis for our products.  We always have.  The Ubuntu MATE team and the MATE development team do not want to support the 14.04 LTS release anymore.  They have clearly stated that they will not release MATE 1.10 for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS anymore which fixes critical bugs from 1.8.2.  Unlike the Xubuntu and the XFCE teams and the Ubuntu GNOME teams which do try to fix bugs and support the LTS releases consistently the Ubuntu MATE team does not.  So at this time due to their unwillingness to support Ubuntu MATE and MATE on the 14.04 series, the MATE desktop does not meet the quality standards that we demand for our products. 

We no longer recommend nor do we encourage users or the public to use Ubuntu MATE 14.04 for mission critical deployment.  We do recommend Black Lab Linux KDE, Black Lab Linux GNOME, Black Lab Linux XFCE or Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with Unity (As Canonical does post bug fixes for Unity on 14.04) Xubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 LTS.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Black Lab Linux GNOME 2015.6 Released

Today we are releasing the new build of Black Lab Linux GNOME 2015.6.  This spin uses the GNOME desktop Environment 3.10 and is based on the LTS technologies that power our distributions.    We have set it up with a unique layout which makes it ideal for traditional keyboard and mouse desktop users as well as users with touchscreen systems.  This release is 64 bit only although we are considering a 32 bit release if the community requests it.  This release is fully supported until the year 2020 as our other releases.  You can also order this desktop environment preinstalled on systems and on your USB Keys and SD cards.

Along with GUI enhancements and extensions, Black Lab Linux GNOME 2015.6 includes the following.

GNOME 3.10.4
Kernel 3.16.0-40
Ubuntu Compatible Kernel 3.13.0-53
Mainstream Kernel 4.0 available via an install script
GCC 4.9.2
Firefox 38
Thunderbird with Lightning Extension 31.7
Abiword 3.0
Gnumeric 1.12
Steam Client
Shotwell
Pinta Image Manipulation

Plus much much more

Black Lab Linux GNOME 2015.6  also contains all security updates until June 1, 2015

You can download Black Lab Linux GNOME 2015.6 and the md5sum from sourceforge

Black Lab Linux GNOME 2015.6 x86_64

To help support the Black Lab Linux project you can purchase a Live USB key, LiveDVD or LiveSD Card from us


USB Key
Medium
Order Notes:
Desktop Environment


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Black Lab Linux 6.5 SR1 Released

UPDATE:  The Mate re-spin is available now via Sourceforge:
 Black Lab Linux 6.5 SR1 Mate Remix


Monday May 11, 2015 we are releasing Black Lab Linux 6.5 SR1.  Black Lab Linux 6.5 SR1 is the first service release of the free release of our distribution.  This included all security and bug fixes from our initial release until May 6, 2015 which includes several important bug fixes.

Along with security fixes Black Lab Linux 6.5 SR1 completes our transition to one standard desktop, KDE.  Black Lab Linux 6.5 SR1 will not have separate ISO's of the different desktops but you can download and install alternative desktop environments from the repositories.

Respins.  We have community members who will be producing respins of Black Lab Linux with XFCE, Mate and we have one working on a CDE respin.  We will be hosting these respins on Sourceforge but there will only be community support for these respins. 

Black Lab Linux 6.5 SR1 has included the following fixes:

Kernel 3.16.0-36
The Ubuntu LTS Compatible kernel 3.13.0-52
Firefox 37.0.2
Thunderbird 31.6
KDE Desktop Sharing for remote access
Timeshift which allows you to create "restore points" so you can restore your desktop to an earlier state
KolourPaint for basic image editing
Shotwell

Among many others, you can download a list of all install packages here

Black Lab Linux 6.5 SR1 Installed Packages

You can download both, a 32 bit ISO as well as a 64 bit ISO from our Sourceforge page.

Black Lab Linux 6.5 SR1 x86_64
Black Lab Linux 6.5 SR1 x86

You can also purchase a copy of Black Lab Linux 6.5 SR1 

 


USB Key
Medium
Order Notes:

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Redefining Project Development

Ok guys, the time has come that some tough decisions need to be made. So we have made them. Our goal when we started Black Lab Linux was to use one desktop. During the course of development we strayed away from that. I always wanted to do one desktop and do it well. Some of you whom seem eager to request alternative desktop builds are also the same ones who run to the press and to forums and say we are indecisive and that we haven't a clue what we are doing. That ceases TODAY.  Now we are returning to the one desktop rule and its the desktop that we have used since day one. As of today we will standardize on the KDE desktop. There will be no more Mate, there will be no more GNOME, there will be no more XFCE. Those of you who do not like KDE there are tons of other distros out there that offer the alternative desktops. The only exception to this rule will be users who have agreements with us for alternative desktops and Enterprise and Education customers who have custom configuration agreements with us. When it comes to desktops there are a million reasons to use each one.  They are all good in their own right.  But for me, straying from my goals and trying to appease other people has made developing Black Lab Linux a lot less fun and a lot more stressful and it made it more stressful because in my mind I knew I wasn't doing the right thing by myself, and by my customers many of whom have stayed with me through the years, and when the developers aren't happy with the product; the product reflects that.  Now I do realize that some people will not like the choices we make and that is perfectly fine. Any requests for alternative desktop environments will fall upon deaf ears Im afraid. We feel that KDE has a much richer experience and a better toolset for users with which to get their job done. Now for the life of 6.5 we will continue to enhance and improve the Mate and KDE desktops. With Enterprise 6.5, Education 6.5 and Black Lab 7, KDE will be the ONLY available desktop unless you have an agreement in place. Any questions or comments don't hesitate to drop me a line. If anyone out there wishes to create a respin utilizing other desktops that is fine too.  Let us know and we will offer any assistance and resources you may need.  But as for this team we will now focus again on one singular distribution, with one desktop and we will focus on doing it well.