Donate to the Black Lab Linux Project

When you donate to the Black Lab Linux Project it helps us with many things:

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 for details. We thank you for your support.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Changes to the Black Lab Linux Project

There are a few things I want to discuss here.  Some are changes to the Black Lab Linux Project itself, and to the class of hardware that we sell.

Due to the lack of donations to the Black Lab Linux project and lack of outside funding for the Black Lab Linux project we are cutting ALL desktop options for Black Lab Linux except for one.  We decided that we will continue with developing with the Mate desktop.  Mate will be the default desktop for 32 bit and 64 bit on the free downloads.  After Black Lab Linux 7.0 coming out in July, development will be prolonged to a new release every 7 to 9 months.  We are utilizing the Mate desktop because we understand users have different classes of machines.  Some have older hardware, some have newer hardware, some want to use VM’s and some want to utilize terminal services and we feel like the Mate desktop is both advanced enough and resource friendly enough to satisfy ALL usage scenario’s.  On the commercial side, we will develop the Mate Desktop and the KDE desktop.  For Education we will continue to develop Mate and KDE as the base systems and we will produce, XFCE, LXDE and GNOME builds for Education ONLY and these will be utilized to teach students about Linux.  We are keeping KDE on the commercial side because we do have customers and users who do subscribe to support for KDE.  Black Lab Professional Desktop, Black Lab Secure Desktop and Black Lab Education Desktop will get a Service Release every 3 months as we have been doing it for the past year.  Users of the free releases will have to rely on themselves and community support to  update between new releases.  The free release will get an ISO refresh for any critical bug fixes and security threats that could compromise the system.  We have lowered the price of the distribution on media to $19.99 + 5.00 S&H for US delivery and $30.00 USD + $5.00 S&H for all international orders.

As of today Tuesday, March 31, 2015 we are discontinuing ALL home system options.  We will continue to carry the Black Lab PUP while supplies last, I have 47 of them in case anyone is interested.  We will continue to sell our refurbished systems that are well tested and fixed and we will continue to sell our commercial hardware line.  So if you want a cost effective solution for getting into the Linux space do check out our refurbished hardware line.  We sell these machines a lot to local businesses and schools and they do have warranty options and are generally no older than a few years.  We also donate 10% of sales to various Open Source projects.

While we are a for-profit company, we have always wanted to at least keep Black Lab Linux as a free download as our way of saying thank you to the community and I will continue that trend.  I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of our users and customers who have supported us and who continue to support us.