Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Windows vs Linux

IT Pro recently released an article on Windows vs Linux

http://www.itpro.co.uk/operating-systems/24841/windows-vs-linux-whats-the-best-operating-system

In this article they covered a few points:

Installation
Software Compatibility
Security
Layout, design and User Interface
Performance
User-friendliness

Now.  Im not here to bash Windows.  Windows definitely has some strong points and Linux has its strong points.

Black Lab Linux though is designed with user-friendliness in its DNA as well as software and compatibility.  Many of our users and customers have deemed us as the best distro when it comes to a professional, user friendly and performance computing environment.  We are compatible with existing Linux applications through our shared code base with Ubuntu and we work hard to achieve compatibility with all kinds of traditional UNIX applications from SGI IRIX, AIX, HP/UX, SCO UnixWare and SCO OpenServer.  As for Windows compatibility, all of our commercial systems ship with Virtualbox so you can run virtualized sessions of Windows and we can configure the software layer known as Wine to run a variety of Windows software.

Black Lab Linux in addition to most Linux distros nowadays are very simple to install with even the most tedious of tasks being fully automated.  Long gone are the days of having to manually configure monitors, keyboards, mice and disk partitions.  As for user friendliness we work hard so that even new users can use the GUI and be as familiar with our layout as are most Windows and OS X users.  Whatever background you come from Black Lab Linux will seem familiar and easy to navigate with a short transition period.

Support.  The article suggests that Windows is easier to support.  Now, with Microsoft support its very difficult and sifting through many forums and documentation can be extremely tedious.  With Black Lab Linux our users and customers enjoy an issue response within 24 hours of contact, 7 days a week.  If its a serious concern we do attempt to recreate the issue and put out a fix within a timely matter.  You also have a friendly community who can also answer any questions you have.

Hardware support -  Many people claim Windows to have better hardware support and to be better supported with hardware.  With Linux even newer systems have that support and when you purchase systems with Black Lab Linux from us they are 100% tested and GUARANTEED to work.  We thoroughly test each system before it gets shipped to the customer.  When you have Black Lab Linux installed on OUR systems we don't make you reinstall Windows and ship it back.  If we have to replace or repair a system you send it back as is whether you have Windows, Linux, even Hackintosh installed.  We will repair or replace the ailing hardware component.  Dell, HP, Acer and Samsung make you reinstall Windows in order for them to even look at your machine.

So while Linux and Windows both offer compelling reasons to use either/or the situation is not as cut and dry as it makes it to be.  The decision to use Linux or Windows should be based on your needs and what you desire because in all those points above Linux is just as good and sometimes superior to Windows.  With Black Lab Linux you get that personal touch, around the clock support and a staff with over 90 years of combined experience of Unix/Linux support.  When we say we look forward to serving you, its not just a byline to make you buy a box. We are with you 100% through order, shipment, installation and usage.  This includes home, business, or education usage.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Online Privacy and Security

We get asked this all the time; how do I stay anonymous online? The answer is you cant. Thats the basics of it. The only way to be anonymous online is to throw away your cell phone and unplug that network cable from the back of your computer and NEVER go online again. PERIOD. These people that "sell" or advertise these customized Linux distros and recommend the Tor network, it is all misleading. Being anonymous online is a fantasy.  People point to Edward Snowden and Tor as an example.  How did he move all this information?  The answer is very simple.  They didn't know he was doing it and they weren't looking for him.  Others point to proxies.  You have a couple of issues with proxies.  If you try to filter your traffic through a bunch of proxies you will eventually hit a performance and speed issue.  You also have the problem that with all traffic you have a start and an end point.  First of all, the government has been spying on private citizens since before the times of technology. Computing and the always on devices has made it easier.  The question is not how do you stay anonymous. The question is how much in terms of resources someone is going spend to find out what you are doing. If you intend to commit Jihad, kill a president, blow up buildings or commit mass genocide on a school playground then they care. Unless you fit the criteria of terrorist, child porn peddler or mass murderer the chances are you are not on the NSA's most wanted list. 

We leave digital fingerprints everywhere we go. From services, to search, music videos you watch to what Netflix shows you watch. Its called e-biometrics. Human beings are creatures of habit.  Search companies, data analytics companies can tell EVERYTHING about you by what you do. So anyone who tells you that they have this perfect solution, Tor, GPG, proxies etc etc. They amount to nothing more than snake oil salesmen. The best example of this was recently Silk Road which operated on the deep web and the Tor Network which was shut down by the FBI and the proprietor was imprisoned for life.  So really, being anonymous online. It will never happen, and more importantly it cant be done.

This is why Black Lab Software does not advertise, produce or mislead customers and potential customers by what we do and dont include in our distributions.  While yes, we can help you secure your servers and desktops against crackers using proper security measures and techniques we cannot guarantee any solution or program will keep you "anonymous" once data leaves your own internal networks.  Anyone who says they can is lying to you.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Black Lab Forensic Desktop 6 SR4 released

Today we are announcing the availability of Black Lab Forensic Desktop.  Black Lab Forensic Desktop is a distribution that is commercially supported and targeted at computer, technology, security and law enforcement forensic specialist.  Black Lab Forensic Desktop 6 is based on LTS technologies so it is supported until 2020.  Black Lab Forensic Desktop 6 utilizes the KDE desktop so users have a modern, full featured desktop at their disposal and Black Lab Forensic Desktop 6 can run all of your existing Linux based and Unix ported applications and can run commercially available applications and development tools from Red Hat, Oracle, Salesforce.com, RealVNC, Apple Web Objects among others.  Black Lab Forensic 6 is also certified to run many of your state accredited Linux based apps and includes Virtual Machine technology to help you in your migration from Windows, Solaris and Mac OS X environments.  Black Lab Forensic Desktop is the only commercially supported law enforcement targetted Linux distribution on the market.

Black Lab Forensic Desktop 6 is also built for the cloud and with many law enforcement and security facilities relying on many cloud based applications it can run all of your cloud based applications like Microsoft Office 365, Google Apps, Oracle Web Apps etc.  Black Lab Forensic Desktop 6 can be configured to run OpenStack and can be used with Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services.

With this release Black Lab Forensic Desktop 6 also comes with:

KDE 4.14.2

Mate 1.8.2

GCC 4.9.2

Firefox 38

Thunderbird 31.7

Skype 4.3

ScudCloud - Which is a Slack Client

Citrix Receiver

LibreOffice 4.3

SIFT Workstation - Preinstalled and configured

NMAP

Xplico

Dia

LibreCAD

Timeshift restore facilities

Backup Utility

kernel 3.16.0-38 which has a ton of bug fixes and stabilized device drivers

Ubuntu LTS kernel 3.13.0-53 which is the default kernel included with Ubuntu 14.04

Black Lab Forensic Desktop Also includes all security updates until May 25, 2015.  We have also synchronized all package version to Debian Jessie 8.0.

Using modern technologies such as LDAP, SAMBA 4, Active Directory and NFS.  Black Lab Forensic Desktop 6 can be deployed in ANY environment with ease from Windows, Mac OS X, UNIX and other Linux based environments.

Black Lab Forensic Desktop 6 is backed by 24/7 support and Black Lab Software has shown unprecedented ability in being able to patch, deploy and cure many security risks and deficiencies before they become a problem for our users.

Pricing and Availability

Black Lab Forensic Desktop 6 is available today, June 1, 2015.  While most companies charge per socket, we charge per machine.

Single license  $75.00 USD

2 licenses $136.00

Unlimited District License $480.00 USD

We can also customize your distribution with any desktop environment and targeted towards ANY hardware platform you desire from x86_64, PPC, SPARC.

Custom Configuration License comes with 100 licenses $1,200.00 USD

You can order Black Lab Forensic Desktop 6 below

Black Lab Forensic Desktop Subscriptions
Medium
Order Notes:

You can also order Black Lab Forensic Desktop 6 on our variety of computer hardware:

Black Lab Business Desktops

Black Lab Education Desktop 6 SR4 released

Today we are announcing the availability of Black Lab Education Desktop.  Black Lab Education Desktop is a distribution that is commercially supported and targeted at primary and secondary users.  Black Lab Education Desktop 6 is based on LTS technologies so it is supported until 2020.  Black Lab Education Desktop 6 utilizes the KDE desktop so users have a modern, full featured desktop at their disposal and Black Lab Education Desktop 6 can run all of your existing Linux based and Unix ported applications and can run commercially available applications and development tools from Red Hat, Oracle, Salesforce.com, RealVNC, Apple Web Objects among others.  Black Lab Education 6 is also certified to run many of your state accredited Linux based apps and includes Virtual Machine technology to help you in your migration from Windows, Solaris and Mac OS X environments.  Black Lab Education Desktop is the only commercially supported Mate and KDE based distribution on the market today.

Black Lab Education Desktop 6 is also built for the cloud and with many school systems relying on many cloud based applications it can run many of your cloud based applications like Microsoft Office 365, Google Apps, Oracle Web Apps etc.  Black Lab Education Desktop 6 can be configured to run OpenStack and can be used with Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services.

With this release Black Lab Education Desktop 6 also comes with:

KDE 4.14.2

Mate 1.8.2 (RHEL 6 Compatible desktop)

GCC 4.9.2

Firefox 38

Thunderbird 31.7

Skype 4.3

ScudCloud - Which is a Slack Client

Citrix Receiver

LibreOffice 4.3

Focus Writer

Gcompris

Calibre ebook management

Tux Type

Tux Paint

NitroShare

Ardesia Desktop Sketching

Timeshift restore facilities

Wiimote and Kinect support

Backup Utility

kernel 3.16.0-38 which has a ton of bug fixes and stabilized device drivers

Ubuntu LTS kernel 3.13.0-53 which is the default kernel included with Ubuntu 14.04

Black Lab Education Desktop Also includes all security updates until May 25, 2015.  We have also synchronized all package version to Debian Jessie 8.0.

Using modern technologies such as LDAP, SAMBA 4, Active Directory and NFS.  Black Lab Education Desktop 6 can be deployed in ANY environment with ease from Windows, Mac OS X, UNIX and other Linux based environments.

Black Lab Education Desktop 6 is backed by 24/7 support and Black Lab Software has shown unprecedented ability in being able to patch, deploy and cure many security risks and deficiencies before they become a problem for our users. Over 9 school systems have deployed Black Lab Education Desktop and Black Lab Software celebrates an unprecedented 99% client retention rate and 100% active customer satisfaction rating among education facilities.

Pricing and Availability

Black Lab Education Desktop 6 is available today, June 1, 2015.  While most companies charge per socket, we charge per machine.

Single license  $45.00 USD

2 licenses $85.00 USD

Unlimited District License $480.00 USD

We can also customize your distribution with any desktop environment and targeted towards ANY hardware platform you desire from x86_64, PPC, SPARC.

Custom Configuration License comes with 100 licenses $1,200.00 USD

You can order Black Lab Education Desktop 6 below:


Black Lab Education Desktop
Install Media
Order Notes:

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