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.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

In Memory of Ian Murdock

In Memory of

Ian Murdock

April 28, 1973
December 28, 2015

Its with great sadness that the Black Lab Linux Project learns of the death of Ian Murdock.  The Black Lab Linux team would like to extend is condolences and prayers to the family of Ian Murdock.  Aside from being a friend, mentor and an all around good guy.  He was the father of the Debian project and contributed much to the Open Source movement in general.  He was a great guy and he will be missed.  Rest In Peace my friend.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Restructuring Black Lab Linux development

We are changing the release cycles for Black Lab Linux. Due to necessary changes due to lack of funding on the community edition side of things we have decided to do incremental updates every 6 months and major releases every 12 months. So in May we will be delivering 7.5 and in November 2016 we will deliver 8.0.

We did this so that the developers wont feel as rushed as they work full time jobs and they need to take care of their families and they have more time to push patches and new code through at a more relaxed pace. This will not effect Black Lab Enterprise Linux at all as the development cycle is already 12 to 18 months. This issue is that the community side depends on donations and purchasing of boxed sets to remain free and due to the current situation and donations have not recovered we have to make cutbacks and restructure. Being as though I have made the promise that Black Lab Linux itself would remain free I had choices to make. Either go completely commercial and no longer offer free downloads and charge for it or make cutbacks, make sacrifices and slow development down a little.. We decided to make cutbacks in order for it to remain free.

We do appreciate everyone who does contribute now and we encourage everyones support. Now, the distribution is NOT going away. It will continue but at a longer release cycle allows us to test more and make more significant changes over time. We will use the current donations and funding level to pay for more advertising, domain renewals etc. Black Lab Linux 8 Developer Previews and Betas will continue to be released at regular intervals.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Kernel 4.3.3 Kernel Enablement Kit released

Today we are releasing the Kernel 4.3.3 Kernel Enablement Kit for Black Lab Linux.  This pack brings the latest stable kernel to Black Lab Linux and other Ubuntu derivatives.  Kernel 4.3.3 can be installed on the following systems:

Black Lab Linux 5.x/6.x/7.x
Black Lab Enterprise Linux 6.x
Black Lab Server 7
Black Lab Core Server 7
Ubuntu 12.x/14.x
Linux Mint 16.x/17.x

To update your kernel we recommend the following:

Uninstall Binary NVIDIA and ATI drivers prior to install and reinstall after install
Recompile your VirtualBox modules after installation

To install Black Lab Kernel Enablement Kit:

Decompress the .zip file
Open a terminal and type the following commands: chmod a+x kernel-enablement-kit-4.3.3 and the afterwards ./kernel-enablement-kit-4.3.3

Here is the changelog for Kernel 4.3.3

You can download the Black Lab 4.3.3 Enablement Kit from here:

Black Lab 4.3.3 Enablement Kit

You can download the source code from here

Linux Kernel 4.3.3 Source code

Thank you

Black Lab 7.0.2 has been released for the holidays!

Black Lab 7.0.2 has been released for the holidays!

The PCOS development team has responded to users on UEFI systems who have reported issues booting the latest release with a bugfix. Here's a link to the updated ISO :

No other changes were deemed necessary or desirable.

Also, the new and improved userguide is available for download;get it here :

Give the guide a read; it has useful tips about getting the most out of your new Black Lab Linux installation.

Again, please enjoy your holidays - from the Team, Merry Christmas to all, to all a good night!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Black Lab Linux 7.0.1 Released

Being as t'is the season to be jolly, in the spirit of giving, PC/Opensystems LLC will be releasing Black Lab Linux 7.0.1 early for our devoted users.  Our free release comes about a week earlier than anticipated : download and unwrap your copy right now!

So what's new?  This release is basically an enhanced recap of Black Lab Linux 7.0 - released a month ago to acclaim and frequent downloads. The December version adds a few extras for your productivity and multimedia pleasure. Here is what's new with Black Lab Linux 7.0.1:

    Kernel 3.19.0-33
    Full XFS Filesystem support
    Full exFAT support
    XFCE 4.12
    New Deskbar layout
     LibreOffice 5
    Iceweasel as the new default browser
    IceDove with IceOwl as the new e-mail and calendar suite
    Smuxi IRC client
    Audacious MP3 Player
    VLC Player
    Steam Client for gaming
    TimeShift system restore utility
    Webmin Remote Administration tool
    GCC 5.2
    Mono 4.0 Service Release 5
    Wine 1.7.55 for running some Microsoft Windows applications

All security and application updates until December 9, 2015 have been applied to the release as well.

You can download this release and redistribute this release free of charge from the following download sites:

Black Lab Linux 7.0.1 x86_64    md5

Black Lab Linux 7.0.1 x86_64     md5

As a Yultide bonus, PC/OpenSystems LLC has also released a Christmas wallpaper pack which you can download here

We want to thank our users and supporters for making 2015 one of our best years yet.  We have seen tremendous growth – due to you, reading this blog, using our software, purchasing our Black Lab Briq systems.  Thank you very much.  We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season - from our Black Lab Linux Team to your family, a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, a prosperous New Year 2016. Stay tuned to Black Lab for further developments!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Extending the Holiday sale

Today we are extending our holiday sales.  This sale will go through Dec 19, 2015.   Any orders placed before Dec 12, 2015 are guarantee's to be delivered by Christmas.

First, the box sets of Black Lab Linux will cost $19.99 for the self support boxed set and $75.99 USD for a 12 month subscription.  Its is available 64 bit and 32 bit as well as on LiveDVD, LiveUSB, LiveSDcard and Live MicroSD card.  With Black Lab Linux 7 you get the best Linux based operating system on the planet.  Designed for consumer and pro use. Black Lab Linux is ideal for cloud computing, desktop computing in any environment.  So for gaming, multimedia or even content creation Black Lab Linux is the easiest operating to install and use.

Black Lab Linux Install media
Install Media
Order Notes

Second, Black Lab Linux t-shirts and self support boxed sets are on sale for $45.00 USD + Shipping.   With this you get a t-shirt, any size you need, and a copy of Black Lab Linux free with your purchase.  In order notes include the sizes you need.  This makes a great stocking stuffer and will introduce you and your family to the power of Linux desktop computing.

Black Lab Linux T-Shirt
Order Notes

If you would rather purchase hardware that comes preinstalled with the award winning Black Lab Linux 7 distribution or you want Black Lab Enterprise Linux to power your school, business, content creation studio or lab and you need great hardware at a great price visit our store

You can also purchase commercial hardware on our commercial hardware site

Thank you and have a Merry Christmas and a very happy holiday season.