Friday, February 27, 2015

Black Lab Linux Professional Desktop 6.5 Beta 1 Released

Today we are pleased to announce the availability of Black Lab Linux Professional Desktop 6.5 beta 1.  This is an upcoming look at the future version of the Black Lab Linux Pro series.  With this release we include over 300 bug fixes as well as kernel updates.  We also worked on presentation and functionality.  All of the important bug fixes and application updates can be viewed in our release notes which can be viewed or downloaded here.

Release Notes

Here is a short list of the immediate visible updates that we have provided.

GNOME Classic as the default desktop.  Due to customer demand we enabled GNOME Classic by default because of customer demand, as well as to increase familiarity with those used to using Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Oracle Linux and CentOS.  It also helps to improve performance for terminal service users.

For those wanting a more traditional desktop interface we provide the XFCE user interface as an integration desktop.  This has the latest XFCE user interface and is the full XFCE interface.  It has not been cut down and is selectable from the login screen.

kernel 3.16 is the default kernel upon boot

Signed Linux kernels are provided for use on UEFI/Secureboot enabled systems.

You can download the Black Lab Linux Professional Desktop 6.5 Beta 1 from Sourceforge.  This is a Beta release and is not meant to be used in a production environment.  There is no warranty either expressed or implied with this release.

Black Lab Linux Professional Desktop 6.5 Beta 1 x86_64

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Black Lab Software: 2015 Outlook

We have already outlined the road map for our software which is viewable from the Black Lab Linux project site.

Here we are outlining the outlook for Black Lab Software Inc. the commercial side including hardware and software.

2014 was a great year for us.  Our growth from 2013 stayed on the incline.

  • Black Lab Professional Desktop and Black Lab Education Desktop had tremendous growth and adoption through 2014 and we expect that to continue through 2015.  We want to add at least 10 new clients and licensee's through 2015.
  • Hardware sales through 2014 also rose.  We have discontinued 85% of our hardware and retained the systems that were the most popular which resulted in the retention of 1 consumer desktop and 2 business desktops.  We had over a 150% increase in hardware sales over 2013 and we plan to double that in 2015.  
  • Some of the more popular practices was our ability to preload these systems with whatever software packages the client wanted whether engineering, graphics and animation.
  • The inclusion of KDE as a secondary option to GNOME Shell for the Professional Desktop distribution was well received and we have had great reception and input from customers.
Plans through 2015

  • Create our first ARM release for ARM based systems such as the Raspberry Pi
  • Milestones include Black Lab Education Desktop 6 and Black Lab Professional Desktop 6 with release 7 coming Christmas 2015
  • Retail Intel NUC systems with Black Lab Linux in summer of 2015
  • Release Black Lab Image Creator for Ubuntu 15.04/15.10 with UEFI support.
So those are our plans for Black Lab Software Inc. for 2015

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

New Hardware Lineup

Today we are pleased to announce a revamp of our hardware lineup.  We have eliminated 80% of the systems we used to sell and have stayed with the most popular systems.  As of today our hardware lineup of new systems is comprised of the following.

Consumer Desktops

Black Lab BriQ rev4 is a very powerful "Mac mini" type PC that can be used anywhere.  Whether you use it in your office, dorm room, living room or as a gaming PC you have all the power you need for productivity or gaming and the ability to utilize all the great content that the web provided.  This is a very affordable system which sells for a base price of $550.00 USD

Professional Desktops

Black Lab BriQ Pro has all the features of the consumer version and adds enough power for the professional.  Whether you need a design station or a productivity station the Black Lab BriQ Pro will fit in any office, warehouse floor or lab that you need it to fit in.  This system which sells for a base price of $700.00 USD is a very affordable system which will not only make your employees happy, but the company accountants as well.   Do you need to set up a Hadoop cluster or does your lab need to do extensive number cruching where you need to do multi-machine simulations?  The Black Lab BriQ Pro is also available in an 8 node cluster configuration with a price that beats conventional cluster systems.

Black Lab Powerstation sells for a base price of $1,500.00 USD.  This system is just as the name implies.  Its a high performance, rack mountable workstation.  It is a high performance workstation that can take on and accomplish high density workloads very quickly and efficiently.

With Black Lab Software Inc. and the high performance OS Black Lab Linux, you now have the Power, Affordability and Reliability you and or your company needs and deserves.

Visit our hardware sections for pricing.

Black Lab Professional Hardware

Black Lab Consumer Hardware

Do you want a lower cost entry to the world of Linux?  Check out our refurbished hardware section.

Black Lab Refurbished Hardware

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Black Lab Professional Desktop 6.0 SR3 released

Today we are pleased to announce the release of Black Lab Professional Desktop 6.0 Service Release 3 or SR3. Black Lab Pro Desktop 6.0 SR3 is a major upgrade to our pro desktop line of distributions. With this release we worked on a few issues with memory consumption, security and speed. With the Black Lab Pro Desktop we deliver it in two different desktops, KDE and GNOME Shell . While these are commercial releases we do offer a cut down version of it available for download from our website. While we do not release for download all of the features of the retail release it is far from being crippled. The KDE release boots only consuming 480 mb of RAM and the GNOME Shell release boots using only 545 mb of RAM

With the Service Releases we introduce all the new updates since our last release which was in October 2014.

  • GNOME Shell 3.10.4
  • KDE 4.14.2
  • Firefox 35.0.1
  • Thunderbird 31.4
  • GTK+ 3.14
  • QT 5
  • LibreOffice
  • Pidgin
  • GLOM
  • Kexi with PostgreSQL and MySQL drivers
  • Simple Screen Recorder
  • GNUCash
  • Kmymoney
  • Updated Flash Player
  • Kernel 3.13.0-45
  • DWM
  • Nanny parental controls for
    system access controls
  • Gnome EncFS Manager for creating
    encrypted data folders

Kernel 3.18.4 is available for both systems for users who want the latest stable kernel

These are just some of the updates available. Overall we have over 400 system and application updates since our last release.

So whats lacking from our free download vs our retail release?  With the retail release you get 12 months of phone and e-mail support, Skype integration, all the Oracle 12c prerequisites set up, Active Directory integration. With the community release you get community support.

You can download Black Lab Pro Desktop from our Sourceforge page

We encourage everyone to join our Facebook groups, Twitter and Google Plus pages to keep up with the latest news, join our community, and learn of the latest developments. Also, if you run into a bug report it on our bug reporting system.

Or if you want the retail release which also comes with a user guide you can purchase that here.

If you wish to purchase support for the download release please contact us at

Users of Alternative Desktops: We will remaster and deliver under a custom configuration agreement the following desktops; XFCE, Cinnamon and Mate.

Welcome to Black Lab Microsystems.

Black Lab Software Inc. is dedicated to providing top customer service including integration, providing Linux compatible hardware and enterprise desktop software solutions. We provide solutions tailored to your needs whether its building systems to suit your needs. Whether its a custom database solution, providing Linux powered PC and Server Solutions. Whatever you need you can rest assured that Black Lab Software Inc. will deliver a high performance and stable product

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About Black Lab Software Inc.

Black Lab Software Inc. is a small consulting firm and the only Linux retailer in NC for Linux PC's and custom systems located in Franklinton North Carolina. We specialize in hardware repair and we resell custom Linux based computers, software maintenance as well as custom application development.