Monday, July 7, 2014

Black Lab Linux for Enterprise 5.0.3 and Black Lab Linux for Education 5.0.3 released

Today we are pleased to announce the release of Black Lab Linux for Enterprise 5.0.3 and Black Lab Linux for Education 5.0.3.

Black Lab Linux for Enterprise and Black Lab Linux for Education are commercially supported Linux distributions targeted towards desktop computing.  While other Linux distributions focus on the server our sole focus is on the desktop.  We have many customers who use Black Lab Linux in different industries.  Science, education, law enforcement, music, film and warehouse.

With these releases we bring some important major updates to the Black Lab Linux OS. Although an incremental release we bring some changes. We once again prove why Black Lab Linux is an important IT upgrade to your school or business.

1. New streamlined visual experience.  We now use the KDE Desktop as the default desktop for both Enterprise and Education.  The one thing we have done by listening to customers is updated the UI to a more modern look and feel as well as provide an experience that is familiar and will require much less retraining than moving to Red Hat or any other Enterprise Linux distribution.

2. Updated kernel. We have updated the kernel to include drivers for a wider variety of devices and systems. Point of Sale devices and systems. We have greatly improved the driver support for users who want to run Black Lab Linux on Point of Sale machines. We also support this kernel until 2019.

3. Thunderbird Suite has become more of a groupware suite than just a mail client. We include full support for the Google Apps for Business line, we also include a new translation utility so you can translate e-mails sent to you in a different language to the language of your choice as well as translating e-mails that you write to different languages. We also support full calendar functionality.

4. Wine has been updated so you can run many of your mission critical apps that are written for Windows in Black Lab Linux. We have also made installing those apps more convenient so users coming from Windows can install their apps as easily as they do on the Windows platform.

5. Support for Windows terminal services. We support the full line of Windows Terminal Services through the use of the Remote Desktop Protocol as well as through the Citrix client so users who have Windows Terminal Servers can continue to run them or integrate Black Lab Linux into their environment.

6. Command Line install. We have included a command line installer for users who want to install on a headless server or system.

7. New web app support. We made creating web apps simple, painless and seamless with the ICE utility from the PeppermintOS team. You just simply enter the URL choose the menu where you would like it stored and hit enter. This works for LAN based apps as well as web apps.

8. Support for new app drawers. Are you tired of a cluttered taskbar? Simply create an app drawer and drop all your commonly used applications in it. You can download the how-to from here.

9. Support for NVIDIA CUDA and Android development. We included all the prerequisites and tuned Black Lab Linux for Enterprise for these unique development environments. If you meet the hardware requirements, Black Lab Linux can host the SDK's and you can begin development at any time.

10. The Black Lab SDK 1.7 is included which contains all development IDE's and tools for developing in Java, Python, C++, ADA, Objective C, MONO, Fortran , and PASCAL

We have also included all updates to the system up to July 3, 2014. Black Lab Linux for Education also contains all these great enhancements as well as all critical updates for our educational programs included in that distribution.

Pricing, we have arranged pricing so we are affordable and competitive with Red Hat, Oracle and SUSE. We offer 2 different unlimited subscription themes, one for education and the other for enterprise that allow you to install Black Lab Linux on as many systems as you would like. You can find out more about pricing and more information on the product page

With Black Lab Linux for Enterprise and Black Lab Linux for Education you get a dedicated team, as well as a focus on enterprise and educational desktop computing that is unmatched in todays enterprise and education linux markets. For more information on what our subscription service provides please read the following datasheet.

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Black Lab Linux Enterprise and Education Service Report - June 2014

These are the current number of service calls that we responded to in June 2014

Number of incidents 14
Number of Incidents fixed remotely 12
Number of Onsite fixes 1

Most Customer Downtime: 2.5 hours

Number of Software bug fixes submitted to the developer tree 130
Number of software bug fixes submitted to external projects 79

Thursday, June 26, 2014

PC/OS Desktop/LX and Education/LX launch

While users and customers have been able to get their hands on the bits for awhile now, when do we plan to do a big launch?  The launch will take place in a few weeks.  Right now we are just completing a few last minute changes and making sure everything works as prescribed.  Right now, Desktop/LX pro and personal have launched as has Education/LX.  Right now, we are tidying up Core/LX which is pretty exciting for us.

If you want to order your Desktop/LX or Education/LX licenses please feel free to do so and we will ship ASAP.

More to come soon....

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Partnership with Red Hat

Today we are pleased to announce that PC/OpenSystems LLC is partnering with Red Hat Software to provide Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and upon availability, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 to customers.  The Red Hat versions we will provide include:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server for IBM Power
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server for IBM System/Z

 Red Hat Enterprise Linux will be made available upon request on all professional hardware that is supplied by PC/OpenSystems LLC.

Roberto J. Dohnert, founder and CEO of PC/OpenSystems LLC sat down with us for a short Q&A regarding this new partnership.

Q) What does this new partnership mean for users of Black Lab Linux?

A) With Red Hat Enterprise Server, we will be providing both the best of breed Linux distribution for servers, as well as best of breed Linux desktop technologies with Black Lab Linux and Black Lab Enterprise Desktop.  This partnership also allows the Black Lab development team to focus on the one thing that we have proven unwavering ability, desktop Linux.  While customers who want to use Black Lab Linux and Black Lab Enterprise Desktop for server functions such as file and print, web server, application server and cluster nodes will continue to be able to do so.  Those who want the advanced server functionality that Red Hat Linux provides will be able to utilize these services.

Q) What about users who use Black Lab Server?

A) We will continue to provide those users only with new releases, updates and functionality.  For our customers who use Black Lab Server for Kiosks and specialty functions like that we will migrate them over to Black Lab Embedded MR5.0 and for those customers that love to build their own servers, if they dont want to use Red Hat Linux, they can use Black Lab Embedded and build a custom server using the Expansion Kits that we provide.

Q) I see we provide Red Hat for IBM POWER and IBM System/Z?  Will we offer Black Lab Enterprise Desktop for IBM POWER?

A) We do offer Black Lab Enterprise Desktop on IBM POWER series systems through support contracts and the custom configuration  option.  We dont make it available as a general release because there simply is not enough demand for it.  PowerPC on the home desktop is generally a novelty and mostly used by hobbyists and not a mainstream platform that people wish to use.  With that low a userbase, maybe a couple of hundred users at the most, we couldnt deliver it at a price point thats beneficial for us and them.  Now, on Enterprise systems, such as embedded, server and supercomputer, PowerPC is used a lot and with Black Lab Linux and now Red Hat Enterprise Server for IBM POWER, we can offer the Enterprise users a complete package. Red Hat for the server, and Black Lab Linux if they happen to still use a few PowerPC based Macs or if they utilize a couple of server systems as desktops.

Q) When will RHELS become available and how much will it be?

A) Its available today, obviously the price will be determinant on the number of licenses you need.  You can contact to discuss it.  We will also add Red Hat to our support contracts and customers can use us or Red Hat for support.

Welcome to Black Lab Software Inc.

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 will deliver a high performance and stable product

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About Black Lab Software

Black Lab Software Inc. is a small consulting firm located in Franklinton North Carolina. We specialize in hardware repair and Linux PC solutions, software maintenance as well as custom application development.