Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Black Lab Education Desktop 6.0.1 Public Beta released

Today we are releasing our Public Beta 1 of Black Lab Education Desktop 6.0.1. Black Lab Education Desktop 6.0.1 is a revolutionary new design of the Black Lab Linux desktop for education environments and is tailored for those environments. Based on the same technologies that make up our Black Lab Professional Desktop series we offer the same longevity and support that our enterprise customers have come to expect. Black Lab Education Desktop 6.0.1 is supported by us until April 2022.

The feature set for Black Lab Education Desktop 6.0.1 is unique among other education based distributions. We offer features for K-12, Pre-K as well as college level environments meaning that no matter the level that you teach, you have the same featureset, power and customization options that enterprise customers and Linux enthusiasts have come to expect. So here is the package lineup for the Public Beta of the Black Lab Education Desktop.

1. GNOME3 – Our heavily customized and lightweight functionality that Black Lab Linux 6 users have.
2. LibreOffice
3. Wine 1.7
4. Firefox 33
5. Thunderbird Suite including calendar functionality as well as translation utilities
6. Nitroshare – For sharing files among the classroom
7. Synergy – This allows teacher to actually take control of the students desktops and perform valuable education tasks
8. Ardesia Desktop Sketching – This allows teachers and presenters to use their own computer screen as a whiteboard
9. Callibre ebook management – This allows for quick deployment of etextbooks as well as distribution of reading materials
10. Tux Education Suite – Tux Paint, Tux Math, Tux Typing tutor and Tux Notes
11. Celestia
12. Timeshift System Backup and Restore – This feature allows administrators and teachers to restore school desktops should they be made into an unstable state
13. VLC
14. Audacious
15. GMTP for syncing files among android tablets, Kindle Fire HD/HDX and Barnes and Noble Nooks
16. GIMP
17. Scribus
18. Wine 1.7
19. Fogger Webapp Utility
20. Weather
21. World Clock
22. Simple Screen Recorder
23. Gcompris Suite
24. Springseed Note application
25. Kinect and Wiimote support

Among these all security updates up to Oct 27, 2014 have been applied. Black Lab SDK 1.8 is fully compatible with this system as is Google Chrome and the Opera Web Browser.

Our goal by offering a public beta is to continue to provide the best of breed education based distribution and we hope you guys will help us do that.

You can download the Public Beta from our Sourceforge Page but do keep in mind that it is 2.5 GB's to download.

You can also purchase a copy if you are bandwidth restricted for $35.00 + Shipping. Black Lab Education Desktop will also be available pre-loaded on hardware and upon request on preloaded hard drives by certified education facilities.

Black Lab Education Desktop Public Beta
Install Media

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Black Lab Linux 5.5

Some people have asked me, will I still deliver Black Lab Linux 5.5?  Yes we will.  It will be more of an update than a new release but it will be here in February.

Unlike some other camps, we wont be charging for the final update of the Black Lab Linux 5.x series.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Black Lab Linux 6 Released

Today we are pleased to announce the immediate availability of Black Lab Linux 6.  Black Lab Linux 6 is the fruit of over a year of labor and brings about many exciting new features and some big changes to the Black Lab Linux platform.  In Black Lab Linux 6 we focused on a few core improvements.  Usability, by changing to a UI that has strong features, accessibility, and speed.  We also have improved driver support and multimedia features that set Black Lab Linux apart from the rest.  Black Lab Linux 6.0 has also improved how we deliver updates to our users.  Being based on LTS technologies Black Lab Linux 6.0 is supported until April 2020.  All incremental updates will be released via apt-get.

Black Lab Linux 6 has the following new features:

Ubuntu 14.04.1 Base
GNOME 3 replaces XFCE as the default desktop
Thunderbird 31.2
Firefox 33
AppGrid - an alternative app store available for Black Lab Linux
TimeShift - A system restore feature for allowing full system backups
Linux kernel 3.13.0-37, Kernel 3.17.1 is available as an easy to install script
Worker - Amiga Directory Opus clone for Linux. 
Steam Integration
GNOME Tweak tool integration
Arista Transcoder

Among these we have built in all security updates up to October 23, 2014.

Get it now

You can download Black Lab Linux 6 from our Sourceforge page

Download Black Lab Linux 6.0 (64 bit) ISO

If you are under bandwidth restrictions you can order a copy of Black Lab Linux on installable media or on preinstalled hard drives

Purchase Black Lab Linux 6.0

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Refurbished Systems

Today we are pleased to announce that we are partnering with Tiger Direct to bring you guys refurbished PC's with Black Lab Linux. With refurbished machines most people see them as junk when they are perfectly capable systems of running a full featured, mature and advanced Linux desktop system like Black Lab Linux. Now, we have established some criteria for these systems:

1. The systems will be no older than 7 years old
2. The systems will come with a MINIMUM of 2 gb of RAM and an 500 gb hard drive
3. The systems will come with a warranty option
4. The systems will be fully tested before they are shipped

We will be offering RAM and HDD upgrades for a fee.

We caught up with Roberto J. Dohnert and we asked him a few questions regarding these systems.

Q. What is our green strategy?
A) To offer systems that come off of lease and systems that may not be able to keep up with the advances of Microsoft technologies.

Q) Who is the target audience of these systems?
A) Consumers who want a low price point introduction to Linux, and for users like schools, hotels and businesses who may not need a whole lot of computing power who just need something for consumption of web apps, kiosks and just everyday office work like using a word processor for creating documents and they are great multimedia workstations so you can use these for those kinds of tasks and if a user wants to create a living room media center. Also startups will also find the express value of these systems not only because they are high grade quality systems but also because of the low cost alternative to proprietary operating systems Black Lab Linux.

Q) What memory and hard drive upgrades will be available?
A) 4 to 8 gb of RAM and 1 TB Hard Drives

Q) Will these be sold through Tiger Direct or from us?
A) Initially they will be sold through the Black Lab Software site. We are continuing discussions with Tiger Direct on them also reselling Black Lab Linux on these systems, because of the upcoming holiday season we are optimistic that by February 2015, you will see Black Lab Linux on sale in Tiger Direct, available with these systems.

Q) Will we still continue to offer the higher end consumer and professional desktop systems?
A) Yes we will. For those that need more computing power 

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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.