Donations

Why should I donate to Black Lab Linux? Black Lab Linux is provided free of charge to download and in order to keep it free of charge to download certain costs need to be covered.

Paying developers
Paying for web maintenance
replace aging equipment
Paying for mirrors and other bills

How much should you donate? Any amount is welcome.





Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Black Lab Linux 5.1 ALPHA2 Released

Today we released Black Lab Linux 5.1 ALPHA2 for testing.  This is the unstable branch of Black Lab Linux and should be used for testing only.

This release contains the following

Firefox 31
Thunderbird 31
VLC 2.1.3
Linux kernel 3.8, now there has been some questions about our use of the 3.8 kernel.  BETA 1 and final, which will drop in mid August will contain the LTS 3.10 kernel.  We do understand Canonical will be dropping support for the 3.10 kernel when their Trusty HWE drops.  We will not.
Docky has been fixed and will no longer crash on live sessions and no longer crashes the installer.

All other application updates and bug fixes have been supplied.

Known issues:

The LiveCD will start on a login page on some systems, leave the username as Live Session User and leave the password blank.
Some PRISM Network cards will drop the link and randomly pick it up again.
Windows Azure support is incomplete and the system will not work.  Its being worked on.

You can download the new release here:

Black Lab Linux 5.1 ALPHA2

If you would like to donate to the Black Lab Linux project to help further development, you can do that below:






Friday, July 11, 2014

Black Lab Linux 5.1 support

Canonical just made the announcement that with the introduction of Ubuntu 12.04.5 with the Trusty hardware enablement stack that they will be dropping support for earlier hardware enablement stacks.  With 5.1 we use the 3.8 kernel and with that customers have asked us how will the support schedule go. 

First, this isn't the first time we have continued support when Canonical dropped support.  Commercial users of PC/OS 2009, which is based on Ubuntu 8.04 have been fully supported with support ending in February 2015 and that includes the 2.6 kernel.

The 3.8 kernel is scheduled to be in our community 5.x series and it will be supported until 2017.  We will be responsible for all security updates, patches and feature requests.  In Black Lab Linux 6 we will start with the 3.10 kernel with the 3.15 kernel coming in our 2nd or 3rd maintenance release and that will be supported until 2021 even when we switch to our new Fedora/CentOS base system in Black Lab Linux 7.

In our Enterprise and Education releases the 3.8 series kernel will be upgraded per our Service Pack release schedule and will be supported until 2020.  The 3.10 kernel will be supported until 2021 along with the 3.15 kernel. 

So, in closing Black Lab Linux 5.x and our support customers will be fully supported and will continue to receive security and bug fixes until the support end date.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Black Lab Linux KDE 5.0.2 Released

Today we are excited to release our new KDE release of Black Lab Linux 5.0.2. This release was a major rework of our previous KDE efforts and we worked on 3 main goals.

Speed
Efficiency
Application integration

While we use Black Lab Linux 5.0.2 as the base in regards to the core system, Black Lab Linux KDE is based on 99.9% of KDE and QT applications.

With this distribution we bundle:

Linux kernel 3.5.0-51
KDE 4.13.2
Calligra Office
Kontact
VLC
JUK
ReKonq
Konversation
Muon Package Manager
Kdenlive
K3B
Digikam
Krita
Dropbox
Steam Client
Firefox Installer

This release includes all updates up until June 15, 2014

We sat down with Roberto Dohnert and asked him a few questions regarding the KDE release.

Q. Why are we doing a KDE release?
A. The KDE release was a popular spin. With Black Lab Linux 5.0, we initially werent going to do a KDE release but rather just have the repositories set up for users to download and use KDE if they wanted. But because of user demand we brought it back and decided to develop it inhouse and make it part of the regular offering for 64 bit users.

Q. Will we be dropping XFCE support? Will we offer a GNOME 3 spin as well?
A. No, we will not be offering a GNOME 3 release at this time. That would depend on our users and how much demand we get for it. So far the demand for KDE has been much more than a GNOME 3 release. XFCE will continue to be one of our choices. Its well liked and mature.

Q. Will we be offering KDE in our commercial distributions?
A. Probably. 2 of our 3 custom configurations of PC/OS Desktop/LX and PC/OS Education/LX are KDE based. To roll KDE out in commercial projects would require us to roll it out without being disruptive to current customers workflow. It all boils down to customers and users and what they want.

You can download the KDE release from our Sourceforge Page.




Why should I donate to Black Lab Linux? Black Lab Linux is provided free of charge to download and in order to keep it free of charge to download certain costs need to be covered.

Paying developers
Paying for web maintenance
replace aging equipment
Paying for mirrors and other bills

How much should you donate? Any amount is welcome.




Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Black Lab Linux 5.1 - ALPHA Released

Today we are releasing Black Lab Linux 5.1 ALPHA.  With this release we bring you some of the new features that will be presented in Black Lab Linux 5.1.

With this release what do we bring you?

Visually

We changed the UI so it doesnt look so Mac which was the biggest criticism of 5.0, the CDE style is more like a test run to see if you guys like it.  If you hate it, make it known, if you love it make it known.

New Icon set - Some of Cristobals best work yet

Internally

GTK 3.8
Linux kernel 3.8 (3.15 is available as a separate download)
OpenSSH 6.6
Updated OpenSSL
KDE 4.13.2 Backported packages
Firefox 30
Thunderbird 24.6

Upcoming Changes
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VLC 2.1.3
Cinnamon Repositories
Mate Repositories

There are a lot more changes coming these are just some of the thing we have worked on.

WARNING:  This is an Alpha release, please DO NOT USE ON PRODUCTION MACHINES.  Some things may not work, some may work perfectly.

You can download ALPHA 1 from our test server  md5sum

ALPHA 2 will be released on July 6th 2014

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Why should I donate to Black Lab Linux? Black Lab Linux is provided free of charge to download, use and redistribute and in order to keep it free of charge to download, use and redistribute certain costs need to be covered.

Paying developers
Paying for web maintenance
replace ageing equipment
Paying for mirrors and other bills
Advertising

Help us to keep bringing you the best the open source community has to offer

How much should you donate? Any amount is welcome.




Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Kernel 3.15.1 for Black Lab Linux

Today we are pleased to announce the availability of the Kernel 3.15.1 Enablement Kit.  This upgrades the kernel in your Black Lab Linux system to 3.15.1 of the Linux kernel and all the great advancements that comes with it.

Here are some of the enhancements of the 3.15.1 kernel:

  • EFI mixed mode support to support running a 64-bit Linux kernel on a system with 32-bit UEFI.
  • Faster suspend and resume times
  • Add support Sony DualShock 4 controller
  • Newer notebooks should play nicer with the new kernel release.
  • On the future CPU front is AVX-512 and RDSEED extension support.
  • open-source graphics driver improvements that include initial NVIDIA Maxwell GPU support and the VCE 2.0
  • video encoding support for recent AMD graphics cards.
  • And more.
We have also enabled squashfs support for those of you that like to roll your own images:  WARNING:  You must use Black Lab Image Creator,  Remastersys WILL NOT WORK!!!!

Compatible Systems:

OS/4 OpenLinux 13.x/14.x
Black Lab Linux 4.x/5.x
PC/OS Desktop/LX 5.x
Ubuntu 12.04

You can download the 3.15.1 Enablement Kit from Sourceforge.net



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Why should I donate to Black Lab Linux? Black Lab Linux is provided free of charge to download, use and redistribute and in order to keep it free of charge to download, use and redistribute certain costs need to be covered.

Paying developers
Paying for web maintenance
replace aging equipment
Paying for mirrors and other bills
Advertising

Help us to keep bringing you the best the open source community has to offer

How much should you donate? Any amount is welcome.




Friday, June 13, 2014

Black Lab Linux vs PC/OS Desktop/LX

Some people have asked us, whats the difference between Black Lab Linux and PC/OS Desktop/LX.

Black Lab Linux is our community offering.  Its free to download, free to use and anyone is free to contribute to Black Lab Linux.  You can contribute code, bug reports, graphics along our community guidelines.  It is a purely community endeavor.  Its funded by the community and it is enhanced by the community at large.  Black Lab Linux is our equivalent of the Fedora Project by Red Hat and its equivalent to the CentOS project as we are not a bleeding edge distribution but rather focused on stability.

Releases of Black Lab Linux are released on a 6 month schedule, we have a feature freeze about a month before we ship where we audit contributed code and test.  During this month we also contribute any enhanced kernel code or package code back to those projects ie kernel code goes back to kernel.org, XFCE code is contributed back to the XFCE project.

How do we support this?  Its supported with e-mail support or forum support.

What do I mean by funded by the community?  Your donations and purchase of USB keys go back to the project.  We renew web domains, advertise, pay the core team of developers, replace aging equipment and contribute to the projects from where we benefit.  Obviously, the more donations we get in we can keep the lights on, developers get paid more and for those projects we contribute money to, they stay happy and they have incentive to continue coding.   Developers can only do things so long as a labor of love at some point they like to eat.  We do encourage people to contribute to open source projects, even if you dont contribute to Black Lab Linux.  It shows appreciation for what we do as developers.

Now,

What is PC/OS Desktop/LX, PC/OS Education/LX and PC/OS Core/LX?  These are strictly a commercial endeavor by PC/OpenSystems LLC.  These are based on the work that goes into Black Lab Linux.  Desktop/LX gets pushed to system builders, OEM's like ACER, Dell and HP.  It is bundled on the hardware we sell as well.  It is beta tested by a much smaller group than the group that beta tests Black Lab Linux.

How is it released? Desktop/LX, Education/LX and Core/LX are updated every 12 to 14 months.  If we have a critical security fix it is made available when needed and everyone is notified.  For users who need newer kernels and hardware support we deliver that in easy to install scripts until they become a part of and rolled out with the distribution.

It is supported by whats called yearly subscription services which have to renewed every 12 months or they become self service.  We have remote, phone, or onsite support available.

Do we do servers?  no, if a contract requires server support we support Red Hat Enterprise Linux or Oracle Unbreakable Linux whichever the customer prefers.

Some have asked us what does PC/OS stand for.  It stands for PC/OpenSystems.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Black Lab Linux 5.0.2 Released

Black Lab Linux 5.0.2 has been released.  This reverts Black Lab back to the 2 panel layout and removes Docky.  Some people have ran into a problem with Docky where it crashes in live mode and takes lightdm with it.  If you have those problems with Black Lab 64 bit crashing in live mode you can download it from here.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/os4online/files/rel502/