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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.







Monday, November 27, 2017

Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.5 Released

Today the PC/OpenSystems Open Source development team is pleased to announce the public release of Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.5, the latest development of our open source project.  We have made several enhancements which benefit both new users or veterans upgrading from our last release, or the one before that. Black Lab Enterprise Linux is a an excellent drop-in replacement for Windows, MacOS or other distributions of Linux.


BLEL 11.5 is distributed in two flavors, Desktop and Core.  The first is full featured, offering everything users need : productivity software, games, software development tools, cloud and business applications. It’s optimized for general everyday desktop use.  Core is designed for embedded systems, IoT devices and users who want to build their own systems from the ground up; servers, appliances and specialized desktop environments can be brought out of Core. The user has total control of what is installed, including only a web browser and media player by default.


What comes with Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.5?


Kernel 4.10.0-40
XFCE 4.12
Chromium Browser
Thunderbird + Lightning Extension
Shotwell
Dia
Audacious
Parole Media Player
Skype
Fully Licensed Multimedia Codecs
Support for all major gamepads and controllers


There are hundreds of thousands of applications available from the Software Center so you can expand on these selections to your heart’s content.  Whether you need a gaming system or productivity powerhouse, Black Lab Enterprise Linux is the fastest growing Linux based desktop system on the market today.



With the holiday season coming up you can purchase Black Lab Enterprise Linux as the perfect stocking stuffer as an installable USB key or SD Card with installation instructions and it comes in a seasonal packaging and you can purchase Black Lab Enterprise Linux preloaded on a desktop system for the ultimate in holiday gifts



Black Lab Enterprise Linux License
Install Media
Order notes

You can download Black Lab Enterprise Linux from here








Saturday, November 4, 2017

Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.5 Beta 3 Released



Today we are pleased to announce the first public beta release of Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.5.  With this release we have made several enhancements to the Black Lab Enterprise Linux system.  We have increased driver capabilities with the inclusion of a new kernel and we now have better performance.  We have also worked on web app capability and with the Chromium Web Browser you now have the same functionality as Chrome OS as well as the ability to use standard Linux applications.

WARNING:  This is Beta software some things may work and other will not.  Do not use on production systems we are not responsible for data loss or hardware malfunction.

Whats included?

Linux kernel 4.10.0-38
Xorg 1.18
LibreOffice 5.4
Chromium Browser 62
Thunderbird e-mail suite
Ice SSB
Calligra Plan
Skype 8.9
Nitroshare
Samba4
Synergy
Recoll Digital librarian
Audacious
Parole
Font Manager

Known issues:


  • On some systems resolution wont go above 1024x768 even though higher resolutions are supported
  • Microsoft Surface book - Detaching from the keyboard the system locks up, touch screen and pen do not work
  • Microsoft Surface - Dial will work on minor system functions, raise and lower volume, manipulate brightness but it will not perform app specific tasks
  • Google Search Appliance - After install when you go to reboot your system it will not reboot and you must perform a hard reboot
  • System Software - Upon bootup it asks you for a username and password.  That will be removed in the final release


To Install:

Upon bootup to enter the live session type the following

Username: custom
Password:  There is no password after you type in custom hit enter twice

Download:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/11/bll-115-beta3-x64.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/11/bll-115-beta3-x64.iso.md5
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/11/bll-115-beta3-x64.iso.sha256


Donations:

With it being the end of the year we are acception financial and hardware donations.  To donate financially use the donate button on this page.  To donate hardware contact support@pc-opensystems.com

Thank you very much


Sunday, August 20, 2017

Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.0.3 released

Today we are pleased to announce the release of Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.0.3 for general availability.

Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.0.3 is targeted to small to medium sized businesses and is used in production environments around the world ranging from businesses, education facilities, research laboratories, and multimedia production facilities.
 
There have been many changes to Black Lab Enterprise Linux that were requested by customers and users.  We have four official builds:

Black Lab Enterprise Linux
Black Lab Linux for Education
Black Lab Embedded Linux
Black Lab Studio

While our official builds are based on the GNOME desktop with the exception of Black Lab Embedded Linux, which is based on LXDE, we do offer desktop spins for users. that include KDE Plasma 5, XFCE, LXDE and Mate.

Black Lab Enterprise Linux focuses on the following changes.

Kernel 4.10.0-37
Google Chrome 60
Thunderbird 52.3
LibreOffice 5.4
Webmin 1.8
ksplice for rebootless kernel updates
Samba 4
OpenLDAP
Container support
Web container support
Support for the XFS, JFS and BTRFS file systems for installation targets

Black Lab Linux for Education contains all  the Edubuntu and Debian Edu packages for K-12 facilities.

Black Lab Studio contains many of the tools available for Ubuntu Studio and more.  It contains tools for audio editing and composition, 3D rendering tools and video editing utilities and is aimed at the creative market.

Current licensee's can request a new USB Installer to be sent of they can download the new release from their digital locker

You can purchase hardware with Black Lab Enterprise Linux preinstalled from
http://www.pc-opensystems.com

You can download Black Lab Enterprise Linux and its flavors from here:

Black Lab Enterprise Linux

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/enterprise/bll-1103-ent-x64.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/enterprise/bll-1103-ent-x64.iso.md5
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/enterprise/bll-1103-ent-x64.iso.sha256

Black Lab Linux for Education

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/education/bll-1103-edu-x64.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/education/bll-1103-edu-x64.iso.md5
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/education/bll-1103-edu-x64.iso.sha256

Black Lab Embedded Linux

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/embedded/bll-embedded-1103-x64.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/embedded/bll-embedded-1103-x64.iso.md5

Black Lab Studio

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/studio/bll-1103-studio-x64.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/studio/bll-1103-studio-x64.iso.md5
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/studio/bll-1103-studio-x64.iso.sha256

Black Lab Enterprise Linux desktop spins

KDE Plasma 5

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/spins/bll-1103-kde-x64.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/spins/bll-1103-kde-x64.iso.md5
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/spins/bll-1103-kde-x64.iso.sha356

LXDE

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/spins/bll-1103-lxde-x64.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/spins/bll-1103-lxde-x64.iso.md5
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/spins/bll-1103-lxde-x64.iso.sh256

XFCE

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/spins/blacklab-11-x86_64.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/spins/blacklab-11-x86_64.iso.md5
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/spins/blacklab-11-x86_64.iso.sha256

Mate

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/spins/bll-1103-mate-x64.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/spins/bll-1103-mate-x64.iso.md5
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/spins/bll-1103-mate-x64.iso.sha256

You can purchase a Physical copy of Black Lab Enterprise Linux from here 


Black Lab Enterprise Linux License
Install Media
Order notes


or our webstore

http://www.pc-opensystems.com/p/webstore.html 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Testing 263 Released

Today we are pleased to announce the release of Testing 263.  NOTICE:  There will not be a testing 264 for the week of June 18 - 24 as some developers will be on vacation. Builds will resume in two weeks.

Testing releases are not recommended for production environments it is to test new features of Black Lab Linux as such Testing releases are released with NO warranty and we are not responsible for any data loss

Testing 263 includes the following improvements:

MATE 1.16
kernel 4.8.0-54
Security updates to the kernel from June 5th to June 9th
Improvements to the NVIDIA driver installations
Improvements to installation on recycled Google Search Appliances

Testing 263 has the following issues

ACER Aspire E 5 trackpad non-funtional
Installation quits during "configuring hardware" on Oracle X-6 Server
On ACER Aspire AIO Direct install crashes must boot in live mode and install from a live session
32 bit UEFI still non-functional on UEFI systems either disable secureboot or use 64 bit
Installation to JFS filesystem causes "fsck.jfs not found" upon boot (fix:  go into synaptic and remove btrfs utils package)
RealVNC installation crashes session
Caja crashes when you are on a Windows Share for too long

You can download Testing 263 from here

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/weekly/testing-263-x64.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/weekly/testing-263-x64.iso.md5
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/weekly/testing-263-x64.iso.sha256

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Testing 262 released

Today we are pleased to announce the release of Testing 262.  Testing 262 has many improvements in the stable kernel as well as changes to the desktop.

Testing releases are not recommended for production environments it is to test new features of Black Lab Linux as such Testing releases are released with NO warranty and we are not responsible for any data loss

Testing 262 includes the following improvements:

MATE 1.16
Ukuu Kernel update utility
kernel 4.8.0-53
Security updates to the kernel from May 29 to June 1st
Wireless stability updates - Wireless network connections are more stable.

Testing 262 has the following issues

Still have some reported VirtualBox Black screens
Macbook Pro 2012 Wireless still not working
Chromebook Pixel install will lead to a command line interface upon reboot.  BUT after a second reboot the GUI does activate and works as supposed to
ACER Cloudbook 14 - Installer crashes when you disable UEFI and try legacy boot
32 bit UEFI still being worked on although we have had preliminary success
Kerberos will not issue stable tickets to ArcaOS 5.0 systems on the network
BTRFS Filesystem:  Grub will not boot other OS's
ZFS:  ZFS pools not showing up in File manager
Thunar crashes when accessing Network Drives

You can download Testing 262 from here

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/weekly/testing-262-x86_64.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/weekly/testing-262-x86_64.iso.md5
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/weekly/testing-262-x86_64.iso.sha256

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Testing 261 Released

Back from a grueling 2 weeks of major releases of our products, today we are releasing Testing build 261 of Black Lab Enterprise Linux.  These testing builds are a snapshot of new releases and are not recommended for production use.

The following changes have been made to Testing 261

Kernel 4.8.0-53
Ukuu for testing different mainline kernels
Vivacious Icon set applied as the default
Chromium 58
Improved installer
OpenVPN now included
YUM and RPM support
Fixed black screen on VMWare
Build essential installed by default

The following issues have been reported

Broadcom wireless adapters keep dropping signal
Caja locks up when connecting to a Windows Share
When installing on a 2012 Macbook Pro wireless drivers cause kernel panic
Firefox 53 wont allow use of Google Talk

You can download Testing 261 from the following locations:


http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/weekly/testing-261-x86_64.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/weekly/testing-261-x86_64.iso.md5
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/weekly/testing-261-x86_64.iso.sha256

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.0.1 Released

Today we issued an emergency release of Black Lab Enterprise Linux.  During the past couple of weeks users have come to use with some issues that they were facing and we decided to go outside of our release schedule and issue an update as well as update our ISO's.  The only differences in this release are:

  • MATE has been made the default desktop because of some underlying issues people were having with GNOME
  • Kernel 4.8.0-52
  • Evolution replaced Thunderbird as the default mail client due to Googles sign-on dialog no longer working with Thunderbird.


The issues this releases resolves are as follows:


  • Macbook Air wireless is now working again
  • Build-Essential has been restored
  • OpenVPN speed issues have been resolved
  • Black Screen on VirtualBox installs have been resolved
  • Installation would hang at 'configuring hardware' on HP Proliant servers
  • On SGI ICE Servers Black Lab ENT would install but Grub would become corrupted and not boot


This should be the last update outside of our normal 12 month release schedule.

This has been applied to all releases, Enterprise, Education, Studio and IoT.

You can download all updated ISO's from here.  Customers can also upgrade their current installs to resolve Macbook Wireless and OpenVPN issues

Enterprise

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/enterprise/bll-ent-11-x86_64.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/enterprise/bll-ent-11-x86_64.iso.md5
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/enterprise/bll-ent-11-x86_64.iso.sha256

Education

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/education/bll-edu-11-x86_64.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/education/bll-edu-11-x86_64.iso.md5
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/education/bll-edu-11-x86_64.iso.sha256

IoT

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/iot/bll-11-iot-x86_64.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/iot/bll-11-iot-x86_64.iso.md5
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/iot/bll-11-iot-x86_64.iso.sha256

Studio

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/studio/bll-11-studio-x86_64.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/studio/bll-11-studio-x86_64.iso.md5
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/studio/bll-11-studio-x86_64.iso.sha256