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Thursday, April 17, 2014

A few questions about Black Lab Linux

We have been getting a lot of questions regarding Black Lab recently.  We had a little press, we got listed on which has gotten some recognition.  So some of my newer users have asked several questions that we figured we would answer publicly.

So without further ado.

Q) Why isnt Black Lab Linux listed on Distrowatch?

A) Black Lab Linux was listed on Distrowatch and had quite a following.  We were number 11 on the list and it generated quite a buzz.  The USPTO among some complaints refused our trademark application for OS/4.  After that we changed the name to Black Lab Linux.  Ladislav Bodnar made the decision not to list Black Lab Linux at that time because of a few of his concerns.  We have helped relieve some of those concerns and we look forward to working with Ladislav to get it listed.  The most productive thing our users can do is e-mail Mr. Bodnar at and ask him nicely to relist it.   Otherwise keep up with Softpedia, LWN, our homepage and of course you can get all the news regarding Black Lab Linux.  You may also want to subscribe to our Mailing lists, our forum and our Facebook pages for news as well.

Q) How do you guys give back to Linux and why do you charge for your "Enterprise" release?

A) We either monetarily contribute to projects or contribute code.  You can get a complete list here.  While some people look at our price tag and think we are just an entirely commercial distribution we are not.  We offer Black Lab free of charge for download in 32 bit and 64 bit.  The price in the 'Where to buy' sections is for users who may not want to download due to bandwidth restrictions or who may not know enough about making their own install media and who would rather have a Live DVD or Live USB Flash drive.  Black Lab Linux Enterprise is a completely commercial distribution.  It is tailored to small to medium sized businesses and contains code that is not free to redistribute.  It also has attached several commercial certifications.

Q) Do you guys make a server or just a desktop?

A) While we are primarily a desktop distribution but we do offer the Server Extensions Pack which does add server capabilities and we have customers and users who utilize it and do run Black Lab Linux as a server.  Our 8 node cluster comes with Black Lab Linux with the server extensions pre-installed.  We are also a great developers platform.  We offer the Black Lab SDK for the developers out there.

Q) How do I get updates and how frequent are they?

A) You get updates through the Update Manager and sometimes you can have a few updates available through that on a weekly basis.  Whenever a major security issue is discovered and patched.  I think we were one of the fastest to patch the Heartbleed vulnerability.  Black Lab Linux has at least 3 service packs  every 6 months with new releases coming every 12 months,  Service Packs address cumulative updates, new kernels and adds new functionality.  Black Lab Linux Enterprise and Black Lab Linux Education get Service Pack updates every 12 to 18 months.

Q) What are the current releases of Black Lab Linux?

A) Black Lab Linux is currently at release 4.2.  Black Lab Linux 5 is under development and will be released May 5, 2014.  Black Lab Linux Enterprise and Black Lab Linux Education are at 4.2.5 with 5.0.1 being released April 23, 2014.

Q) Your distribution is based on Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu is now at 14.04.  When can we see the system updated?

A) Black Lab Linux is focused on stability, rather than cutting edge.  With that we also update the kernel, we update core system utilities and libraries.  We will be moving to a 14.04 kernel with Black Lab Linux 6, currently slated for a July 2015 release.  While we may use a 12.04 base we do include newer applications and core system functionality.  We also regularly release kernel updates to the newer bleeding edge kernels.  We also do not recommend that you try to upgrade Black Lab Linux to the 14.04 base as that will destroy your system.

Q) Why do you wait 30 days before you release your new releases as a free download?

A) We offer Black Lab Linux as a commercial product for the first 30 days after a new release.  Users who joined the Black Lab Network  and who participate in the preorder get their releases shipped 3 days before the official release date.  If you dont want to purchase the product and just want the free download you can get it after 30 days as a free download

Q) How can I contribute to Black Lab Linux?

A) You can contribute code, artwork and documentation.  You can also contribute money through the donate button or contact us and donate hardware.  You can also write reviews and download Black Lab Linux and pass it around.