Today the members of the Black Lab Linux team are pleased to announce the release of Black Lab Linux 8, Alpha 4, Codename “Onyx”. Onyx brings us one step closer to the final release of Black Lab Linux 8, scheduled for December 2016. Alpha 4 introduces several changes to the way Black Lab Linux is structured - it’s no longer a one-size-fits-all distribution. The development team has changed the focus of Black Lab Linux 8 toward the cloud - meaning that all primary applications are web based, full featured, apps. These are complemented with best-of-breed desktop applications installed locally, and you can add any-and-all Debian / Ubuntu packages to the default lineup. Altogether, unparalleled choice to customize your desktop experience.
Some of the benefits to this change include :
1). Smaller core OS structure.
2). Easier and less time consuming upgrade path.
3). Longer software lifespan.
4). Ability to repurpose older hardware
What changes have we made to Black Lab Linux 8 Alpha 4?
1). Linux kernel 4.2.0-36
2). Chromium 50
4). VLC Media Player
5). NetOS Nanny Domain Blocker
6). Ice SSB (site-specific-browsers, launching Gmail or Google Drive or Google Play like a dedicated app)
8). HexChat IRC
Web apps included :
1). Google Office/Contacts/Calendar
2). Google Play Music/Maps/Photos/Drive/Hangouts
5). Facebook Messenger
6). Outlook Mail
1). Chromium will not work with Netflix
2). Boot will drop into text mode and when completed bring up the GUI - while this bug is infrequent it has happened, and the development team is hard at work fixing it.
3). When the new NVIDIA drivers are installed, the bottom bar goes from transparent to black - proprietary drivers disable XFCE compositing. To fix this : go to Settings -> Window Manager Tweaks -> Enable compositing.
You can download the new Alpha 4 release from Ibiblio
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Aging equipment replacement
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