Sunday, May 31, 2015

Black Lab Education Desktop 6 SR4 released

Today we are announcing the availability of Black Lab Education Desktop.  Black Lab Education Desktop is a distribution that is commercially supported and targeted at primary and secondary users.  Black Lab Education Desktop 6 is based on LTS technologies so it is supported until 2020.  Black Lab Education Desktop 6 utilizes the KDE desktop so users have a modern, full featured desktop at their disposal and Black Lab Education Desktop 6 can run all of your existing Linux based and Unix ported applications and can run commercially available applications and development tools from Red Hat, Oracle,, RealVNC, Apple Web Objects among others.  Black Lab Education 6 is also certified to run many of your state accredited Linux based apps and includes Virtual Machine technology to help you in your migration from Windows, Solaris and Mac OS X environments.  Black Lab Education Desktop is the only commercially supported Mate and KDE based distribution on the market today.

Black Lab Education Desktop 6 is also built for the cloud and with many school systems relying on many cloud based applications it can run many of your cloud based applications like Microsoft Office 365, Google Apps, Oracle Web Apps etc.  Black Lab Education Desktop 6 can be configured to run OpenStack and can be used with Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services.

With this release Black Lab Education Desktop 6 also comes with:

KDE 4.14.2

Mate 1.8.2 (RHEL 6 Compatible desktop)

GCC 4.9.2

Firefox 38

Thunderbird 31.7

Skype 4.3

ScudCloud - Which is a Slack Client

Citrix Receiver

LibreOffice 4.3

Focus Writer


Calibre ebook management

Tux Type

Tux Paint


Ardesia Desktop Sketching

Timeshift restore facilities

Wiimote and Kinect support

Backup Utility

kernel 3.16.0-38 which has a ton of bug fixes and stabilized device drivers

Ubuntu LTS kernel 3.13.0-53 which is the default kernel included with Ubuntu 14.04

Black Lab Education Desktop Also includes all security updates until May 25, 2015.  We have also synchronized all package version to Debian Jessie 8.0.

Using modern technologies such as LDAP, SAMBA 4, Active Directory and NFS.  Black Lab Education Desktop 6 can be deployed in ANY environment with ease from Windows, Mac OS X, UNIX and other Linux based environments.

Black Lab Education Desktop 6 is backed by 24/7 support and Black Lab Software has shown unprecedented ability in being able to patch, deploy and cure many security risks and deficiencies before they become a problem for our users. Over 9 school systems have deployed Black Lab Education Desktop and Black Lab Software celebrates an unprecedented 99% client retention rate and 100% active customer satisfaction rating among education facilities.

Pricing and Availability

Black Lab Education Desktop 6 is available today, June 1, 2015.  While most companies charge per socket, we charge per machine.

Single license  $45.00 USD

2 licenses $85.00 USD

Unlimited District License $480.00 USD

We can also customize your distribution with any desktop environment and targeted towards ANY hardware platform you desire from x86_64, PPC, SPARC.

Custom Configuration License comes with 100 licenses $1,200.00 USD

You can order Black Lab Education Desktop 6 below:

Black Lab Education Desktop
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