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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, February 22, 2017

Black Lab Linux 2017 roadmap

Today we are publishing the roadmap for Black Lab Linux for 2017

April 10, 2017 - Black Lab Linux 8.2 - Incremental Release

June  12, 2017 - Black Lab Linux 9 - Major Release

August 1, 2017 - Black Lab Linux 9.1 - Incremental Release

October 31, 2017 - Black Lab Linux 9.2 - Incremental Release

November 20, 2017 - Black Lab Linux 10 - Major Release

December 20, 2017 - Black Lab Linux 10.1 - Incremental Release

Starting this week we will start releasing Weekly snapshots of Black Lab Linux.  These are extremely beta and not intended for production use.

All Black Lab Linux releases will be Mate XFCE and LXDE based only


As for our commercial releases we have decided on the following roadmap

March 1, 2017 - netOS 10.65 Express, Enterprise, Education and Studio released - Incremental release

March 13, 2017 - netOS 10.65 Core Server and Server released - Incremental Release

August 10, 2017 - netOS 10.72 Express, Enterprise, Education and Studio released - Incremental release

December 1, 2017 - netOS 11 Express, Enterprise, Education and Studio released - major release

June 1, 2018 - netOS 11 Core Server and Server Released

All netOS releases will be XFCE based only

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Black Lab Linux 8.1 Released

Today we are pleased to announce the release of Black Lab Linux 8.1.  Our first incremental release to the 8.0 series.  In this release we have brought all security updates up to Feb 15, 2017 as well as application updates.

Kernel 4.4.0-62
Libreoffice 5.3
Chromium Browser 56
Web 3.18.10
Thunderbird 45.7
Nitroshare
Synergy

This release serves as the base release for our Enterprise Linux offerings.

We have multiple desktops available

Unity/GNOME in a hybrid ISO which contains BOTH
Mate
LXDE
XFCE - The only Linux distro that has the BeOS  look and feel for fans of BeOS/Zeta/Haiku

**Known Issues

When you boot the live version on some of the releases, MATE and XFCE, you are presented with a login screen.  To get to the live desktop in username type 'custom' and hit enter twice.

You can download Black Lab Linux 8.1 Below

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/8/bll-8-xfce-x86_64.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/8/bll-8-xfce-x86_64.iso.md5

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/8/bll-8-unity-x86_64.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/8/bll-8-unity-x86_64.iso.md5

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/8/bll-8-mate-x86_64.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/8/bll-8-mate-x86_64.iso.md5

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/8/bll-8-lxde-x86_64.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/8/bll-8-lxde-x86_64.iso.md5


You can purchase a copy of Black Lab Linux 8.1 on LiveUSB, LiveSD and liveMICROSD


Black Lab Linux
Install Media
Order Notes


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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Black Lab Linux 8 available for download

Today our development team is making our distribution, Black Lab Linux 8 available for free for all users as a free download,  the consumer version of PC/OpenSystems LLC’s flagship distro and a culmination of over a year’s worth of work.

This Black Lab release moves from the previous 14.04 LTS base to the newer 16.04 LTS base.  A major difference in this version is in the inclusion of available desktop environments.  We offer the KDE Plasma 5 desktop for users moving from the Windows desktop to a Linux based system, LXDE for older / legacy hardware, GNOME 3.18 is setup for Mac users moving to a Linux desktop.  XFCE and Mate are available as well.

Black Lab Linux 8.0 has been updated with the following updated packages:

Kernel 4.4.0-53
Web 3.18 (Rekonq for KDE users)
Geary 0.11.2
LibreOffice 5.2
Gimp 2.8.16
Dropbox
Google Drive Integration (GNOME 3.18 Only)
Ice SSB 5.2.1
Video Player
Music Player
Full UEFI support
exFAT support
Systemd support
Upstart Support (GNOME 3.18 Only)
GNOME Software Center (GNOME 3.18)
Plasma Software Discover center (KDE Plasma 5)

All this and more - other applications and games are there waiting to be found. All security updates until December 12, 2016 have been applied.

Black Lab Linux 8 can be downloaded in the following desktop flavors from the following location:

 http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/8/

To ensure that we can continue to develop the best Linux distribution on the planet, Black Lab Linux 8.0 can be purchased from our online store.  For $19.99 USD + shipping you get 30 days installation support; for $45.00 USD you get 12 months of e-mail support.  Systems with Black Lab Linux 8.0 preinstalled are also ready to be shipped, wrapped and put under the tree.




Black Lab Linux 8.0
Install Medium
Order Notes

Looking for Black Lab Enterprise Linux for your business, work and school? You can find that here.
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http://www.blacklablinux.org/p/black-lab-enterprise-linux_11.html


Thank you very much for your support. PC / Opensystems LLC would like to wish everyone a safe, festive and memorable holiday season

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Black Lab Linux 8.0 released

Today our development team is pleased to announce the release of Black Lab Linux 8.0,  the consumer version of PC/OpenSystems LLC’s flagship distro and a culmination of over a year’s worth of work.

This Black Lab release moves from the previous 14.04 LTS base to the newer 16.04 LTS base.  A major difference in this version is in the inclusion of available desktop environments. Currently, we are the only major Linux distributor outside of Ubuntu that ships Unity as an option.  In addition : the KDE Plasma 5 desktop, LXDE for older / legacy hardware, GNOME 3.18.  XFCE is included on the GNOME ISO and GNOME Flashback session is available within Unity.

Black Lab Linux 8.0 includes the following updated packages:

Kernel 4.4.0-45
Chromium 54
Thunderbird 45.4
LibreOffice 5.2
Gimp 2.8.16
Dropbox
Google Drive Integration (Unity and GNOME 3.18 Only)
Ice SSB 5.2.1
GNOME Video
Rhythmbox
Full UEFI support
exFAT support
Systemd support
Upstart Support (Unity and GNOME 3.18 Only)
GNOME Software Center (Unity, GNOME 3.18, LXDE)
Plasma Software Discover center (KDE Plasma 5)

All this and more - other applications and games are there waiting to be found. All security updates until November 6, 2016 have been applied.

Currently there are no public downloads for Black Lab Linux 8.0.  To ensure that we can continue to develop the best Linux distribution on the planet, Black Lab Linux 8.0 can be purchased from our online store.  For $19.99 USD + shipping you get 30 days installation support; for $45.00 USD you get 12 months of e-mail support.  A free public download of our flagship product will be available December 15, 2016.  And keep in mind that the the holidays will be right around the corner - systems with Black Lab Linux 8.0 preinstalled are also ready to be shipped, wrapped and put under the tree.



Black Lab Linux 8.0
Install Medium
Order Notes

Looking for Black Lab Enterprise Linux for your business, work and school? You can find that here.
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http://www.blacklablinux.org/p/black-lab-enterprise-linux_11.html


Thank you very much for your support. PC / Opensystems LLC would like to wish everyone a safe, festive and memorable holiday season

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8 Service Pack 1 Released

Today the Black Lab Linux Development team is pleased to announce the release of Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8.0 SP1.  Service Pack 1 is jam packed full of new innovations and features.  Black Lab Enterprise Linux is the fastest growing Enterprise desktop Linux offering on the market today.  Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8.0 SP1 is a hybrid operating system meaning you can deploy local applications that you need as well as the cloud based applications that you want.  Its the Enterprise Desktop; Your way.

Black Lab Enterprise Linux offers the KDE desktop.  Black Lab Enterprise Linux is based on the latest LTS release by Canonical and will be supported until 2021.

Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8.0 SP1 includes the following new features

KDE 5.5
kernel 4.4.0-45
Firefox 49.0.1
Thunderbird E-Mail Suite
LibreOffice 5.2
Gimp
Inkscape
Database Creation
Webmin for remote access administration
Kspice for rebootless kernel installs
full UEFI support
full SNAP support for Ubuntu SNAP packages
Skype

You can download the full package list from our website

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/Docs/ent-packagelist.txt

You can download the new Black Lab SDK from our website which works with Black Lab Linux 8 and Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8.0 SP1 ONLY.

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/apps/black-lab-sdk3.tar.gz

You can purchase Black Lab Enterprise Linux on Live DVD, USB, SD and MicroSD.  You can view all mandatory and optional services provided with Black Lab Enterprise Linux

http://www.pc-opensystems.com/p/software-service-and-support.html

You can also find more information of Black Lab Enterprise Linux here as well as system specifications.

http://www.blacklablinux.org/p/black-lab-enterprise-linux_11.html

Purchases can be made through PayPal through your PayPal balance, Credit Card or eCheck.



Black Lab Enterprise Linux
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Black Lab Linux 8.0 RC1 Released

Today the Black Lab development team has released Black Lab Linux  8.0 RC1 bringing us closer to our November 1st release of Black Lab Linux 8.0.  We have worked on a number of bug fixes and have now made it to RC1.  Some changes to the package lineup include:

16.04 LTS Base
kernel 4.4.0-42
Chromium Web Browser
Thunderbird E-Mail client
LibreOffice 5.2
Gimp
AisleRiot
GNOME Games
Dropbox
Full UEFI support
Full SNAP support

Among those changes numerous bugs have been fixed:

Resolved:  GNOME 3 crashes when installing Steam
Resolved:  Prolonged disk selection
Resolved:  HPE Proliant DL20 Grub installation

Although we have fixed many bugs we have a few left to fix before the November 1st release date.

You can download Black Lab Linux 8.0 RC1 from Ibiblio.org

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/pre-release/bll-8-RC1-x86_64.iso

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/pre-release/bll-8-RC1-x86_64.iso.md5

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Changes to Black Lab Linux

Due to lack of funding for the Black Lab Linux Project we have decided the best way to move forward for Black Lab Linux is to provide it as a commercial only software product.  Hardware and systems that come with Black Lab preinstalled will be provided by PC/OpenSystems LLC

http://www.pc-opensystems.com

So with that there are a few changes being made to the delivery of Black Lab Linux.  Effective today net/OS is discontinued.  We will honor our support contracts for net/OS and as Service Packs are released we will be rolling out to you Black Lab Enterprise Linux.

Black Lab Linux will continue on and from the Black Lab Linux team you will be provided with your choice of Black Lab Linux and Black Lab Enterprise Linux.

Availability

When a new release of Black Lab Linux is rolled out, for the first 45 days it will be a for purchase only product.  You can purchase a boxed set for $19.99 USD or you can purchase a digital download for $9.99 USD.  The purchased box set will provide the GNOME 3 desktop environment ONLY.  After 45 days we will provide a free download of Black Lab Linux.  Black Lab Enterprise Linux will be a for purchase product only.  There will be no digital download and you must purchase a boxed set.  Digital downloads of Black Lab Enterprise Linux will be provided under only special circumstances such as overseas purchases or if you are in a temporary location.  Black Lab Server will only be made available via hardware from PC/OpenSystems LLC.

Timeline

Black Lab Linux 8.0 will be released November 1st 2016 to RTM on December 15, 2016 we will be providing it as a free download to users .

Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8.0 SP1 will be RTM October 24, 2016 and will be available for purchase on that day

We have prepared a Q&A from the lead system designer Roberto J. Dohnert

Q)  What prompted this change?
 A) It was a purely financial reason.  We love to provide software.  To continue to provide the BEST software I need to retain developers and talent.  To do that they need to get paid.  We had 16 developers working on net/OS.  We had 7 developers working on Black Lab Linux.  Many times their work intersected each other and we were basically paying for the same result twice.  If they arent getting paid then this is a hobby and they need to go to work someplace to be able to provide for their families.  People with that kind of talent tend to go work for more mature software companies and many times software companies like that and yes I mean Apple and Oracle specifically  wont let their people contribute to any kind of software product OR project that directly competes with their products unless they are so directed.  For example, they can go work on things like webkit, the Linux kernel team, GNOME and KDE.  They cannot contribute to Black Lab Linux or openSUSE because we provide products that compete directly with macOS and Solaris.  Thats why we started the new intern program.

Q)  Whats the intern program?
A)   We have trimmed down the number of paid developers to 10 and we have 5 intern slots open.  Basically, they come to work for us for their school credits the only difference is that when they graduate we get first dibs.  We get the first chance to offer them a paid job.  We make our offer if they decide to go work for Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, IBM or anyone else who offers them more money so be it.  I wish them the best of luck.  Now this works out for us, we get to retain our talent and it benefits them. When they graduate and during their internship if they make it known they want to join the team after they graduate they know they have a job.

Q)  What other benefits do we have from these new changes?
A) Well there will be no more fall fundraisers, winter fundraisers or summer fundraisers.  This will also help us replace aging and obsolete hardware as well as advertise more and more importantly and MOST importantly our developers they get paid.  They get to provide for their families and they get a days dollar for a days work.

Q)  How do you plan to compete with Red Hat and others who are in the same business?
A) We already compete with them and quite effectively.  We have deployments in 4 out of 5 US Military branches, numerous law enforcement agencies and educational facilities and in enterprise.  We have successful deployments in telecom and there are two press agencies that use Black Lab for EVERYTHING on all levels of their business.  Thats what we want to see and thats what we want to see more of.

Q) You always said you want to provide a free release of Black Lab Linux, how does these changes affect that?
A) You just have to wait 45 days to get it.  But lets face it, with Black Lab Linux $19.99 for a box set is reasonable.  $9.99 is reasonable for a digital download you are not only just supporting the developers, you are getting the best Linux distribution in the world.  When you buy Black Lab Enterprise Linux you are getting one of the fastest growing and albeit the ONLY enterprise desktop Linux distribution on the market today and when you buy our hardware you are getting tested high performance hardware.  So its a win/win.