Fall Fundraiser

Today we start our Fall Fundraiser. Our fundraiser goal is $2,o00.00 USD which will help in paying for:

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 support@pc-opensystems.com for details.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Black Lab Core to become free

Ok guys we have discussed it and we went over this and I have a huge announcement to make and we are all on board with this.  October 2nd 2015 we will be releasing Black Lab Core for FREE to the public.  You will be able to download it, you will be able to customize your desktop from top to bottom to the way you like it.

So what does Black Lab Core consist of?  What applications come with it?

1. XFCE desktop
2. Midori
3. Webmin

What can you do with it?  Well you can make a server, you can custom make a desktop with whatever applications you see fit.  Black Lab Core does not come with UEFI support and the reason for that is because traditionally the customers who use Core use it for embedded systems, ATM's and signage systems which typically dont come with UEFI enabled.  Also, Core is updated every 24 months so its not one that you get every 6 months from Black Lab Linux or yearly from Black Lab Enterprise.  You can still purchase support but if you dont have a support subscription you can get support through groups and through the techweb website.  The support subscription will cost $150.00 USD for 12 months.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Introducing the Black Lab Appliance Server

 The Black Lab Appliance Server is a new open standard platform for Linux applications. The 2U rack mount is equipped with a 6 Core Xeon processor, and is able to deliver superior performance for the simultaneous execution of multiple applications, with workload optimization.

The Black Lab Appliance Server offers superior functionality for big data analysis, solutions in industrial applications, scientific technology simulations, and open source infrastructure services.

How is the Black Lab Appliance Server versatile for business? It's loaded with features, gives you the choice of a dual-chassis, and has a slim, 2U design. The Black Lab Appliance Server runs Black Lab Server. It's among the quietest models in the industry, and it features easy-to-use, industry-standard management tools.

Placement: Rack-mountable - 2U

Processor: Intel Xeon E5-2420 V2 Hexa-core (6 Core) 2.20 GHz

Memory: 16 GB standard expandable to and offered with up to 192 GB

Hard Drive: 2TB of Storage

Optical Drive: DVD-Writer

Graphics: Intel HD Graphics

Networking: Dual Gigabit Ethernet

Operating System:  Black Lab Server 

Contact sales@pc-opensystems.com for pricing and availability

Black Lab will run your (virtual) Windows 10 without a hitch!

VMWare Player (which will be included in the upcoming builds of Black Lab Enterprise Linux) runs virtualized Windows 10 very smoothly. Black Lab NEXT, with its optimized kernel, is a perfect base for running any Windows or Linux VM. Give it a try - you won't be disappointed!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Black Lab Server 6.8 Released

Today we are pleased to announce the release of Black Lab Server 6.8.  With this release we bring major changes to the Black Lab Server platform.  The Black Lab Server platform was designed to be used for small server functions.  print, file and serve, and internal network controls.  We have extended that and Black Lab Server 6.8 is on par with many enterprise level servers offered by other Linux vendors.

With that lets go over what Black Lab Server 6.8 offers to customers.

Kernel: 3.19
Primary User Interface:  Command Line
Secondary User Interface:  XFCE
Included functionality:

Directory Services
LAMP services
Emulation Services:  VirtualBox, DOSBox, Hercules Mainframe Emulation
OwnCloud services
OpenStack support
Docker support:  Included with the Black Lab SDK
GCC Compiler Suite
Postfix E-Mail Server
Remote Administration via Webmin
Webapp facilities
Dropbox integration

Some other changes that we made are:

network-manager completely usable via the command line
Debian and Ubiquity Installers
Improved headless support
Accelerated Hardware Support no longer required

The cost for Black Lab Server 6.8 for one license is $399.99

You can also order it on our new Black Lab POWERServe system for $1,299.99

Eager to learn more of this exciting product we asked our development lead, Roberto, some questions:

Q) After spending so many years as being a desktop only distribution, why this leap into developing a server?
A) Well it was because mostly of customer demand.  We noticed many of our customers were adding server applications and deploying them.  They really like the user experience of Black Lab that they wanted a server system to complement their own infrastructure.
Q) How does Server 6.8 differ from eServer 6
A) eServer 6 is a product thats basically a do it yourself product.  Most of the users of eServer use it for ATM's, Point Of Sale systems, billboards and other systems of that nature.  Its also really useful as a common intranet appliance and not an internet appliance.  Black Lab Server 6.8 is designed for a higher level of deployment, web hosting, e-mail hosting, high performance database and directory services.  Its designed to scale much greater than what eServer 6 is designed to do.
Q) We also noticed a higher degree of virtualization technologies for example, mainframe virtualization. Do our customers use that?
A) Absolutely.  Virtualization is necessary in todays world.  Virtual systems are deployed by over 70% of enterprises.  Mainframes are not going away.  Many people hope they would but they arent.  Mainframes are adapting, they are being used more in some datacenters and they just havent vanished into the night.  We include Hercules because some customers want to be able to test and develop mainframe applications without having to do it on their primary systems and Hercules does support many of the popular mainframe systems, Z/OS, OS/390 OS's as well as the S/370, ESA/390, and z/Architecture instruction set and it supports networking.  The users of course need to own the OS as we dont provide the Mainframe OS's but they can certainly deploy it
Q) When can customers purchase Black Lab Server 6.8?
A) Today

Q) Whats the install media for Black Lab Server 6.8
A) USB Flash Drive, DVD, SD Card, Preinstalled Hard Drive and you can order a Virtual Machine Hard Drive image.

The Black Lab POWERServe Specifications

Intel Core i3-540 3.06GHz,
16GB DDR3,
2x 500GB Hard Drive,
9.8" Deep Ultra-Short Chassis,
2x Gigabit LAN

Price: $1,299.99
Price with 3yr warranty: $1,650.00

Please contact sales@pc-opensystems.com for shipping costs for the Black Lab POWERServe

Black Lab Server and POWERServe
Install Media
Order notes

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Xfce : an important building block in the structure of Black Lab Linux.

Shorthand for Xforms common environment, Xfce was developed by Olivier Fourdan in 1996. Interesting that a desktop environment which embodies the UNIX philosophy of modular programs performing unique tasks being such a crucial part of Black Lab, totally Linux, no UNIX allowed here (although the developer is a BSD adherent).
Xfce provides the superstable underpinning for the advanced kernel architectures employed by Black Lab : the combination of rock-solidity and cutting-edge, blazing speed makes BLL the choice of the adventurous distro experimenter and the average user, who just wants to get what they need to do done - FAST!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Black Lab NEXT 2015.9 released

Today we have released Black Lab NEXT 2015.9 which is our second beta for Black Lab Linux 2015.12.  With this release we fixed many of the major issues that dealt with stability.  After the Beta release we will be releasing Black Lab Linux with XFCE and GNOME.

Black Lab NEXT utilizes the XFCE and is 64 bit only. The last Beta in October will be released in 32 bit and 64 bit builds.

Here are a list of fixes that we have introduced in Black Lab NEXT

kernel 3.19
LibreOffice 5
Tracker GUI
Fixed: Wireless dropping in and out
Fixed:  Boot manager installation on UEFI systems
Fixed:  HTML5 Black Screen in Firefox
Fixed:  32 bit libraries will now install automatically when installing WINE and Skype

Thanks to Antoni Norman of the PinguyOS, we have greatly improved UEFI support.

Our graphics guys have been hard at work porting new XFWM themes and hunting down some great wallpapers.

You guys can download Black Lab NEXT from Ibiblio.

Black Lab NEXT 2015.9  md5sum

If you would like to support the Black Lab Linux Project we encourage monetary donations, hardware donations and submitting bug reports and feel free to get involved contributing code, artwork, etc.

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