Monday, November 27, 2017

Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.5 Released

Today the PC/OpenSystems Open Source development team is pleased to announce the public release of Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.5, the latest development of our open source project.  We have made several enhancements which benefit both new users or veterans upgrading from our last release, or the one before that. Black Lab Enterprise Linux is a an excellent drop-in replacement for Windows, MacOS or other distributions of Linux.

BLEL 11.5 is distributed in two flavors, Desktop and Core.  The first is full featured, offering everything users need : productivity software, games, software development tools, cloud and business applications. It’s optimized for general everyday desktop use.  Core is designed for embedded systems, IoT devices and users who want to build their own systems from the ground up; servers, appliances and specialized desktop environments can be brought out of Core. The user has total control of what is installed, including only a web browser and media player by default.

What comes with Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.5?

Kernel 4.10.0-40
XFCE 4.12
Chromium Browser
Thunderbird + Lightning Extension
Parole Media Player
Fully Licensed Multimedia Codecs
Support for all major gamepads and controllers

There are hundreds of thousands of applications available from the Software Center so you can expand on these selections to your heart’s content.  Whether you need a gaming system or productivity powerhouse, Black Lab Enterprise Linux is the fastest growing Linux based desktop system on the market today.

With the holiday season coming up you can purchase Black Lab Enterprise Linux as the perfect stocking stuffer and the Live USB or Live SD card come in seasonal packaging.

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You can download Black Lab Enterprise Linux from here

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Holiday Sale

As the holiday season approaches we are preparing for our annual holiday sales and fundraiser.  This year we have a great offering for our customers.  All systems or software ordered BEFORE December 12, 2017 will be shipped and received before Christmas.

1.  A USB or SD card installer of Black Lab Enterprise Linux - Give the gift of Linux this holiday season and give them the most complete Windows and Mac OS replacement on the market today.  With facilities for gaming, thousands of applications available and an easy to use interface Black Lab Enterprise Linux makes a great stocking stuffer.  We ship these in seasonal packaging so we take away the chore of gift wrapping for you.

2.  We have two desktop systems available this holiday season.  One portable and one desktop system.  These systems are brand name systems and come with 4 years of extended warranty out of the box  and we will even do the gift wrapping for you.

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Please note:  Black Lab Enterprise Linux will ship with system software 11.5. 

ACER Aspire 1

  • Intel Celeron N3450 Quad-Core Processor (Up to 2.2GHz)
  • 14" Full HD 1920 x 1080 Widescreen Display
  • 4GB Onboard Memory, 32GB Internal Storage
  • 2-cell Li-Ion (4810 mAh) Battery, Up to 9 Hours Battery Life
Price: $295.00 USD

ACER Aspire XC

  • Intel Celeron N3050 Dual-Core processor 1.6GHz (up to 2.16GHz via Turbo Boost), 4GB DDR3 SDRAM system memory (expandable to 8GB), 500GB SATA hard drive, DVD-RAM+/-R/RW drive
  • SD memory card reader, 2 x USB 3.0 ports, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, 2x HDMI ports, 1 x headphone jack, 1 x microphone jack, 3 x audio ports, 1 x Ethernet port
  • 1 x external 5.25" bay, 1 x 3.5" bay, 1 x mini PCI Express slot, 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet, Intel HD Graphics
Price: $250.00 USD

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.0.3 released

Today we are pleased to announce the release of Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.0.3 for general availability.

Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.0.3 is targeted to small to medium sized businesses and is used in production environments around the world ranging from businesses, education facilities, research laboratories, and multimedia production facilities.
There have been many changes to Black Lab Enterprise Linux that were requested by customers and users.  We have four official builds:

Black Lab Enterprise Linux
Black Lab Linux for Education
Black Lab Embedded Linux
Black Lab Studio

While our official builds are based on the GNOME desktop with the exception of Black Lab Embedded Linux, which is based on LXDE, we do offer desktop spins for users. that include KDE Plasma 5, XFCE, LXDE and Mate.

Black Lab Enterprise Linux focuses on the following changes.

Kernel 4.10.0-37
Google Chrome 60
Thunderbird 52.3
LibreOffice 5.4
Webmin 1.8
ksplice for rebootless kernel updates
Samba 4
Container support
Web container support
Support for the XFS, JFS and BTRFS file systems for installation targets

Black Lab Linux for Education contains all  the Edubuntu and Debian Edu packages for K-12 facilities.

Black Lab Studio contains many of the tools available for Ubuntu Studio and more.  It contains tools for audio editing and composition, 3D rendering tools and video editing utilities and is aimed at the creative market.

Current licensee's can request a new USB Installer to be sent of they can download the new release from their digital locker

You can purchase hardware with Black Lab Enterprise Linux preinstalled from

You can download Black Lab Enterprise Linux and its flavors from here:

Black Lab Enterprise Linux

Black Lab Linux for Education

Black Lab Embedded Linux

Black Lab Studio

Black Lab Enterprise Linux desktop spins

KDE Plasma 5




You can purchase a Physical copy of Black Lab Enterprise Linux from here 

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or our webstore 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

ukuu - KSPlice updates your kernel on the fly, ukuu lets you pick your version

Black Lab Linux tests its new releases rigorously and generally tries to balance the demands of new hardware with what's tried, true and stable. When I asked lead developer Roberto J. Dohnert about ukuu (Ubuntu kernel update utility) this was his response :

Even so, a BLL user might find themselves with a piece of hardware that might be better supported on a non-LTS kernel. These are provided by Canonical, but are not tested through its HWE (hardware enablement stack) process which allows LTS release users to periodically update to more recent kernels which have been vetted. Ukuu simply allows for mainline, untested kernels to be installed. Look for the article on how to install it here and use this PPA (Personal Package Archive) :

After installation, the utility is found in Black Lab's System menu and after launching it, the utility begins to update sources and search for available mainline kernels. As shown in the picture below, the kernel that the current session, Live or installed, is running on is shown. The graphics give the rest of the information : if Tux is displayed in normal colors, it's a stable selection; if Tux is red, it's an unstable, or testing kernel.

Selecting Hide unstable or RC releases under Setttings hides the unstable kernels and only the stable mainline releases are shown :

Since I'm currently running in a Live session on an experimental release, I'm not actually going to install any of these 4.10 or 4.11 series kernels. But I have tested ukuu on a recently released IoT (Internet of Things) build to see if it would improve throughput on a TP-Link AC wireless card; it didn't, appreciably. But it was an interesting exercise and the IoT build was otherwise unaffected. 
To the reader, emphasis PC-Opensystems LLC : try this at your own risk. Black Lab Linux does not support using Canonical's mainline kernels in its consumer or enterprise builds. Roberto J. has mentioned that he might add the utility to future testing builds, but again, user beware!
Take care updating that kernel!

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