Donate to the Black Lab Linux Project

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

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. We thank you for your support.







Wednesday, January 27, 2016

2016 for Black Lab Linux


Our customer base, always curious about what PC / OS is up to next, have asked us to layout the roadmap for Black Lab Linux 8, 9 and our Enterprise products. This writeup is in reply, so that our customers can understand what we're doing and why exactly it's being done.

Black Lab Linux 8 “Onyx”

Onyx will include new features to make the experience lovely, for even novice Linux users. Here's the list, be warned : it's gonna get a little geeky.

1. Linux kernel 4.2.
2. New X11 stack
3. Dtrace for Linux will make its debut in Onyx final
4. XFCE 4.12 with some unique mods
5. Aptik for migrating old data and settings to a brand new Black Lab system
6. New Device Driver manager
7. OpenJDK 8

There are more plans but some depend on licensing agreements – these will be introduced when viable.

Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8.0 “Kildall”

Kildall will introduce features that make sense for the enterprise and Long Term Support (until 2021). The coming list of changes includes :

1. Linux kernel 4.2
2. New X11 stack
3. Dtrace
4. XFCE 4.12 with some of our own modifications
5. Aptik for migrating your old settings to your new systems
6. New Device Driver manager
7. Oracle JDK 8
8. XFS as the default filesystem

Black Lab Server 7 Service Pack 1 “Murdock”

Murdock is a bugfix and ISO refresh for Black Lab Server, with Long Term Support until 2025; it will contain 2 important new features

Dtrace
ZFS support

Black Lab Linux 9 “Diesel”

Still on the drawing board. This will, however, be PC / OS' LAST Ubuntu-based release.

Rumor Cleanup

Now to clear up some rumors : are we changing because Remastersys (aka Black Lab Image Creator) doesn't build Systemd images? NO. Black Lab Image Creator has in fact been modified to build them quite effectively and the new build for BLIC will be released to the public in June So why are we changing? To align future products with the Open Source community, not against it.  BLIC however will be continued to be developed for Ubuntu users and our customers who have mixed shops

 So there has been a rumor circulating over the last couple of days I need to address. We are not doing an Apple move where you have to buy hardware to acquire Black Lab Linux. Its not happening. Yes, Black Lab Server you have to buy the hardware but that makes sense. Critical mission backend stuff needs to work flawlessly and it was a conscious decision that was made with customers that with Black Lab Server that was the way to go. Now, why do we offer the donate button on the desktop? So you guys can donate IF YOU CHOOSE to do so. A donation is not required but we do appreciate it when they come in. It makes things easier.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Black Lab 7.0.3 has been released

Black Lab LInux 7.0.3 has been released with an updated kernel (3.19.0.43). This is a maintenance release - no major application changes have been planned or implemented.
Downloads :




Friday, January 15, 2016

Black Lab 8 "Onyx" is released!

Today PC / Opensystem LLC is pleased to announce its latest release : Black Lab Linux 8 Alpha 1 “Onyx” - our latest FOSS offering. Since this is a consumer-focused release we focused on issues that end-users bring to our attention.
First and most important : migration tools, built into the installer, for the growing crowd moving from Windows and Mac OS X, and even other Linux distributions (Ubuntu, Mint) to the unparalleled stability of Black Lab. For that type of migration we now have the Aptik application bundled in;it can help move the most critical system settings from another distribution over to your new BL installation. Next : improved device driver management and a new built-in device driver manager to assist in loading third party binary drivers for proprietary hardware. We didn't neglect eye-candy : new themes and window-borders with bold colors figure prominently;PC / OS is making a statement with its latest release.




So what's new with Black Lab Linux 8 “Onyx” Alpha 1?

Kernel 3.19.43 – for the RC and the final release, we'll be upgrading to the 4.x / Ubuntu 15.10 “Wily” equivalent kernel. Black Lab Linux 9, the LAST Ubuntu based arm of our distro, will feature the 16.04 LTS kernel.
Firefox 43.04
Aptik
Device Manager
Boot-Repair
Oracle Java 8 (available in the final release)
Thunderbird
Wine 1.7
Nitroshare

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 http://www.blacklablinux.org.


For hardware donations, contact support_at_pc-opensystems_dot_com. As always, we thank you for your support!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Black Lab Linux Roadmap 2016


Today we are releasing the Roadmap for the development of Black Lab Linux.  2015 we had a very interesting year and in 2016 we plan to keep that momentum going.  During the year we will working on ports to the Steam machines as well as the XBox One and Playstation 4.  We also have new plans for Enterprise, Education and the positioning of Server 7 Service Pack 1 as we will be working on making it available to SGI customers as well as IBM Linux Mainframe users.  This is the software roadmap the hardware roadmap will be available in February.


Black Lab Linux Roadmap 2016

January 18, 2016 – Black Lab Linux 8 “Onyx” Alpha 1 Released

March 7, 2016 – Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8 Developer Preview 4 released

March 28, 2016 – Black Lab Linux 8 “Onyx” Alpha 2 Released

April 11, 2016 – Black Lab Linux 7.5 Released – This is a bug and feature fix.

April 25, 2016 – Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8 Developer Preview 5 released

June 1, 2016 – Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8 released, Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8 for Education Released - This release is a major upgrade to the Enterprise releases:

Kernel 4.x
folder level encryption
Full UEFI support
Migration assistant (we will be back porting to past releases to make it available)
Device Driver Manager (Will allow you to check status of installed devices and activate drivers – Replaces Additional Drivers utility)
XFS will be the default filesystem

June 27, 2016 - Black Lab Linux 8 “Onyx” Beta 1 Released

July 4, 2016 – Black Lab Server 7 Service Pack 1 Released – This is a bug and feature fix as well as an ISO remaster. We will also be working on compatibility with SGI systems as well as the IBM LinuxOne system. By this time we should have it certified for the Microsoft Azure platform.

August 28. 2016 - Black Lab Linux 8 “Onyx” Beta 2 Released

Oct 11, 2016 - Black Lab Linux 8 “Onyx” RC1 Released

December 15, 2016 - Black Lab Linux 8 released – This is a major release some of the highlights include:

Kernel 4.x
Migration assistant (we will be back porting to past releases to make it available)
Device Driver Manager (Will allow you to check status of installed devices and activate drivers – Replaces Additional Drivers utility)
Steam Machine compatibility and ports to Playstation 4 and Xbox One will be worked on through the year

December 31, 2016 – Black Lab Linux 9 “Diesel” Alpha 1 Released

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Black Lab Enterprise LInux DP3 has been released!

Today PC / Opensystems LLC is pleased to announce its very first OS update of the year for Black Lab Enterprise Linux : version, 8.0, Developer Preview 3. DP3 (for short) previews many of the enhancements which will be featured in the upcoming stable release of the BLE Linux desktop.  PC / Opensystems stays in touch with our end-users;all fixes that have been introduced are based on feedback from customers and developers around the globe.  

First widely requested change : make the desktop more traditional.  A bottom-centered taskbar and tasklist are anchored by a button aptly named the Launchbar. 



Our object oriented, Xfce-based desktop is stable, modular and very fast : dollar-for-dollar, the Workspace Manager will give you the most bang-for-your-buck, whether on a Core 2 Duo or an next-gen i7, without the unnecessary overhead of KDE or Cinnamon.

Second feature, not a change : our app lineup has stayed the same;it's better than any other enterprise class OS out there. Every application has been updated to the newest stable version, running on our rock-solid base.  

DP3 has:

Linux kernel 3.19 (soon to be updated to 4.x series on final release)
LibreOffice 5.4
Folder level encryption
Removable drive encryption
Mono 4
GTK 3.16
Angular and Typescript support
Improved support for Android Studio
Chromium with Java support via the IE-On-Chrome extension*
Webmin for remote access administration
Nitroshare*
Support for the XBox One Kinect and Controller

*(Planned for final release)

We have made the following improvements to BLE Linux hardware support :

Improvements to UEFI compatibility for Secureboot systems
Better resolution for 4K displays
Multiple wireless-device-connectivity, out-of-the-box
Improved convertible and touchscreen
Improved display on multi-monitor setups

PC / Opensystems plans to unveil 4 more developer previews before the final release lands in June 2016.

Download DP3 from : 


If you wish to order the current development preview release, you will be entitled to a free upgrade to Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8. DP3 can be ordered from our Web Store

Due to its nature, changes will occur between DP3 and the final release in June.  Developer previews expire May 20, 2016, 1 week prior to the formal, final release.

Thank you.  

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

In Memory of Ian Murdock






In Memory of

Ian Murdock

April 28, 1973
December 28, 2015


Its with great sadness that the Black Lab Linux Project learns of the death of Ian Murdock.  The Black Lab Linux team would like to extend is condolences and prayers to the family of Ian Murdock.  Aside from being a friend, mentor and an all around good guy.  He was the father of the Debian project and contributed much to the Open Source movement in general.  He was a great guy and he will be missed.  Rest In Peace my friend.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Restructuring Black Lab Linux development

We are changing the release cycles for Black Lab Linux. Due to necessary changes due to lack of funding on the community edition side of things we have decided to do incremental updates every 6 months and major releases every 12 months. So in May we will be delivering 7.5 and in November 2016 we will deliver 8.0.

We did this so that the developers wont feel as rushed as they work full time jobs and they need to take care of their families and they have more time to push patches and new code through at a more relaxed pace. This will not effect Black Lab Enterprise Linux at all as the development cycle is already 12 to 18 months. This issue is that the community side depends on donations and purchasing of boxed sets to remain free and due to the current situation and donations have not recovered we have to make cutbacks and restructure. Being as though I have made the promise that Black Lab Linux itself would remain free I had choices to make. Either go completely commercial and no longer offer free downloads and charge for it or make cutbacks, make sacrifices and slow development down a little.. We decided to make cutbacks in order for it to remain free.

We do appreciate everyone who does contribute now and we encourage everyones support. Now, the distribution is NOT going away. It will continue but at a longer release cycle allows us to test more and make more significant changes over time. We will use the current donations and funding level to pay for more advertising, domain renewals etc. Black Lab Linux 8 Developer Previews and Betas will continue to be released at regular intervals.