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 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Black Lab Professional Desktop 6.0.1 released

Today we released a slight incremental update to Black Lab Professional Desktop 6.  This release, Black Lab Professional Desktop 6.0.1 addresses three issues that users have reported to us.

1.  Samba Networking - Some users filed issues where Files wasnt automatically picking up created shares.  This issue has now been fixed.

2.  Single Core - Some single core systems that were 64 bit capable would register an error during installation citing that the system could not be installed and continue with the installation anyway.  This was potentially negative for users so the error code was removed.

3.  Wifi Stability - When going into standby Wifi would disconnect and refuse to reconnect unless the user rebooted the system.  This issue was fixed with the 3.13.0-37 Kernel update.  This error is NOT present in the 3.17 Kernel Kit.

Among that we refreshed the system with the 3.13.0-37 kernel as well as the following:

1.  All October security updates have been applied to the system.
2.  Firefox 33 is now included
3.  All GNOME 3 UI enhancements from RC1 have been applied
4.  OpenSSH server has been installed but not enabled
5.  Skype 4.3 has been updated in the /opt/extras folder

For current users all you have to do is open the terminal and type "sudo apt-get update " and then "sudo apt-get dist-upgrade"

Or you can download the new ISO from the Sourceforge Page

Black Lab Professional Desktop 6.0.1 x86_64

If you wish to purchase a copy or a corporate subscription of Black Lab Professional Desktop 6.0.1 and get 12 months of phone and e-mail support as well as enable advanced features please visit our Buy It Now Page.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Black Lab Linux 6 RC1 released

Today we have released the RC1 (Release Candidate 1) of Black Lab Linux 6.  While with this release we are in feature freeze, we really worked on the stability of the system.

We have the newest LTS kernel, 3.13.0-37
Firefox 32
Thunderbird 32
App Grid
System Restore
Simple Screen Recorder
Updated Steam client

As well as all the bug fixes for the core system.

There are less sporadic crashes and now with GNOME 3, we have nailed down performance in Virtual Machine Instances and we also improved support for running Black Lab Linux 6 in Openstack instances as well as VMWare and Hyper-V.

Interface wise we added the Dash to Dock Extension as well as quicklists so you can have more functionality out of the dock.  Before release on November 1, 2014 we will go over all the extensions that we have used.

You can get the RC1 release from our download page

Black Lab Linux 6 RC1 x86_64

Monday, October 6, 2014

Kernel Enablement Kit 3.17 RELEASED

Today we are very pleased to bring you the latest stable kernel, 3.17 for users of Black Lab Linux 5.x and Black Lab Linux 6.x.  While Black Lab Linux ships with an LTS kernel by default we do provide our Kernel Enablement Kit for users that include the latest stable kernel as well as the header and source files.

Users of proprietary video card drivers and VirtualBox users will have to reinstall those drivers and applications.

So whats new with kernel 3.17?

  • Radeon R9 290 “Hawaii” GPUs finally play nicely with the open-source AMD Linux driver.
  • Microsoft Xbox One controller support.
  • Improvements to the Sony SIXAXIS support
  • Toshiba “Active Protection Sensor” Support, a driver to detect if Toshiba laptops are in a free-fall.
  • Open-source NVIDIA driver improvements.
  • DMA-BUF cross-device synchronization support
  • Broadcom BCM7XXX-based board support
  • ACPI 5.1 activity and other power management improvements.
  • Audio support includes Wildcatpoint Audio DSP on Intel Broadwell Ultrabooks.
 You can download the Kernel Enablement Kit from Sourceforge available immediately.

Kernel Enablement Kit 3.17

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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.