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.

Tips and Tricks

This page is setup for users to report any tips and tricks that they have learned with Black Lab Linux.  Whether it is a tip for people moving from GNOME 2 to GNOME Shell to certain tricks they have learned with applications.  Feel free to report it here.  Keep it clean and relevant to Black Lab Linux.


  1. GNOME 2 to GNOME Shell

    To view file previews from Nautilus click once on the file and hit the space bar. This will enable you to view videos, images, audio files and documents without having to open the default application.

  2. To add items to favorites, hit activity overview. Click the grid and search for the application. Next right-click on the icon and select add to favorites.

  3. I have got a good tip for you. Have a word with the idiot that thought it was a good idea to have the live disc boot up and not let you in without filling out the login panel!!!! I don't know what the login details are, i can't find them on your site. So i gave up and didn't even get to try Blacklab. If you employ these levels of stupidity before the OS has even started, i wonder what else awaits.
    I am very annoyed at the amount of time i have wasted on this

    1. With the main release no login credentials are required. Two spins, Cinnamon and XFCE login credentials are required for the live system but that is a deficit in SystemD and not Black Lab Linux and on the spins page where those are located the credentials are listed on the site.

      Thank you

  4. To stop the bouncing cursor that is setup by default, from the desktop start typing and a Run Command window will open. Type in "launch feedback", select it, then under the Busy Cursor section, down-arrow and select "No Busy Cursor", then click Apply & OK or OK to close.