Holiday sales specials

We are hosting a holiday sale for Black Lab Software Inc. This includes complete computer systems as well as install media and preinstalled hard drives.

Install Media - $25.00 USD

Preinstalled 500gb SATA drive - $75.00 USD

All orders received by December 15, 2014 are guaranteed delivery before the 25th. All orders after December 15, 2014 will incur an additional charge to ensure delivery by the 25th.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Black Lab Education Desktop 6.0 BETA 2 Released

Today we have released the second beta for the new release of our award winning education focused distribution, Black Lab Education Desktop.  The Black Lab Education Desktop 6 release focuses on the rock solid base of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, which also includes functionality and feature support until 2019 and security and bug fix support until 2021 and we include an application lineup for education users that is untouched by any other education focused Linux distribution.

Here are the new changes in the Black Lab Education Desktop.

GNOME 3.10.4, modified GNOME 3 desktop to make it easier for tradition users
Kernel 3.13.0-43.50
Parental Controls, we have brought back Parental and access controls that can be used to block websites and manage time spent on machines.
Thunderbird Suite 31.3 with built in Google Apps support and translation utilities
Firefox 34 with built in translation utilities
LibreOffice 4.3.4
Full NFS support
Updated nitroshare for passing files between systems
Synergy so instructors can take control of a students PC easily and efficiently
Tux suite of educational tools.
Kinect and Wii support

Along with 360 updates to the previous Beta for security and application updates.

Pricing:  We have worked very hard to be competitive on pricing and we follow trends on education spending, so the custom configuration  for education has changed.  So we have 1 and 2 seat licenses as well as custom configuration and unlimited licensing.  For custom configuration the price is $1,000.00 for unlimited licenses for your district.  For the stock build of Black Lab Education Desktop, the price is $300.00 USD for unlimited licensing.  Unlimited licensing means you can deploy it on as many machines as you would like and you have unlimited redistribution rights so you can give a copy to your teachers, to your students and they get the exact same 1 year Telephone and e-mail support that the schools get.  Upon final release we will have a digital download option where you can download it from a secure server for $40.00 USD for one license and you get the same one year support.

If you purchase hardware you will get the OS for free preinstalled as well as a free year of support licensing.

You will also be able to download it for free and get community forum support or as we call it self-support.  You also wont have the commercial application support, Oracle, IBM, Red Hat etc. or the Active Directory integration support.

To get the Beta you can download it from the Sourceforge page for x86_64 systems.

Black Lab Education Desktop 6.0 Beta 2 x86_64

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Black Lab Linux 6.0 SR1 Released

Today we are pleased to announce the release of Black Lab Linux 6.0 SR1, which is Service Release 1.  The purpose of our service releases is to focus on security and application updates rather than new features.  Service Releases are provided every two to three months in between our 6 month release schedule.  Black Lab Linux 6.0 is based on LTS technologies so users can be rest assured that you will receive feature and functionality updates until 2017 and security updates until 2020.

With Service Release 1 we have tweaked the user experience per user and customer feedback to move from a Unity type look to a more traditional GNOME/Mate experience.  You also have all security updates from October to December 14, 2014.  These include.

Linux kernel 3.13.0-43.50
Linux kernel 3.17.6 for kernel 3.17 users
Firefox 34
Thunderbird 31.3
GNOME 3.10.4
GTK 3.10.8

All together there are about 200 updates to the  system.

Users who dont need a new ISO can simply update their systems with the following commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Users and new users who would like to get a new ISO can download it from our Sourceforge page, 64 bit only.

Black Lab Linux 6.0 SR1 x86_64

If you would like to support the Black Lab Linux Project you can purchase install media and preinstalled hard drives from us.  Our holiday pricing is still in effect until January 3, 2015.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Kernel Enablement Kit 3.17.6 and Black Lab SDK 1.9 released

Today we are releasing the Black Lab SDK 1.9 and the kernel Enablement for 3.17.6.  The Black Lab SDK 1.9 requires Black Lab Linux 6.x pro and consumer, Ubuntu 14.04 and Linux Mint 17.1.  The kernel enablement kit requires Black Lab Linux 5.x/6.x Ubuntu 12.x/14.x and Linux Mint 16.x/17.x.

These packages support vanilla Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Xubuntu.  They also support the main branch of Linux Mint and NOT Linux Mint Debian Edition.

Whats new in the Black Lab SDK 1.9?

Full GNU Toolchain
Fully Integrated Docker support
Installs and configures Docker on the target system.

Kernel 3.17.6 contains bug fixes and additional driver support

You can download the kernel enablement kit from Sourceforge

Kernel 3.17.6

You can download the Black Lab SDK 1.9 from Sourceforge as well.

Black Lab SDK 1.9

Monday, November 24, 2014

Black Friday and CyberMonday Sales

Today we are starting our Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials.  This sale runs Nov 24 - Dec 2

Black Lab Linux 6.0

Black Lab linux 6.0 on installable USB key, SD card or Live DVD.  $35.00 USD $25.00 USD + Shipping

Black Lab Linux 6.0 preinstalled Hard Drive SATA interface.  $99.00 USD $75.00 USD + Shipping



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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.