If you just want to donate to the project without purchasing any product you can donate here.

Your donations will be used for the following purposes
Finance the distribution
Pay for things like website maintenance
Purchase Equipment
Fund the work of developers

Why donate? Black Lab Linux is free of cost to download and funding is necessary to keep Black Lab Linux free to download as well as aid in costs of maintaining a distribution

How much should I donate? Anything you want to donate, the amount doesnt matter.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Black Lab Linux vs PC/OS Desktop/LX

Some people have asked us, whats the difference between Black Lab Linux and PC/OS Desktop/LX.

Black Lab Linux is our community offering.  Its free to download, free to use and anyone is free to contribute to Black Lab Linux.  You can contribute code, bug reports, graphics along our community guidelines.  It is a purely community endeavor.  Its funded by the community and it is enhanced by the community at large.  Black Lab Linux is our equivalent of the Fedora Project by Red Hat and its equivalent to the CentOS project as we are not a bleeding edge distribution but rather focused on stability.

Releases of Black Lab Linux are released on a 6 month schedule, we have a feature freeze about a month before we ship where we audit contributed code and test.  During this month we also contribute any enhanced kernel code or package code back to those projects ie kernel code goes back to, XFCE code is contributed back to the XFCE project.

How do we support this?  Its supported with e-mail support or forum support.

What do I mean by funded by the community?  Your donations and purchase of USB keys go back to the project.  We renew web domains, advertise, pay the core team of developers, replace aging equipment and contribute to the projects from where we benefit.  Obviously, the more donations we get in we can keep the lights on, developers get paid more and for those projects we contribute money to, they stay happy and they have incentive to continue coding.   Developers can only do things so long as a labor of love at some point they like to eat.  We do encourage people to contribute to open source projects, even if you dont contribute to Black Lab Linux.  It shows appreciation for what we do as developers.


What is PC/OS Desktop/LX, PC/OS Education/LX and PC/OS Core/LX?  These are strictly a commercial endeavor by PC/OpenSystems LLC.  These are based on the work that goes into Black Lab Linux.  Desktop/LX gets pushed to system builders, OEM's like ACER, Dell and HP.  It is bundled on the hardware we sell as well.  It is beta tested by a much smaller group than the group that beta tests Black Lab Linux.

How is it released? Desktop/LX, Education/LX and Core/LX are updated every 12 to 14 months.  If we have a critical security fix it is made available when needed and everyone is notified.  For users who need newer kernels and hardware support we deliver that in easy to install scripts until they become a part of and rolled out with the distribution.

It is supported by whats called yearly subscription services which have to renewed every 12 months or they become self service.  We have remote, phone, or onsite support available.

Do we do servers?  no, if a contract requires server support we support Red Hat Enterprise Linux or Oracle Unbreakable Linux whichever the customer prefers.

Black Lab Linux 5.0.2 released

Black Lab Linux 5.0.2 has been released.  This reverts Black Lab back to the 2 panel layout and removes Docky.  Some people have ran into a problem with Docky where it crashes in live mode and takes lightdm with it.  If you have those problems with Black Lab 64 bit crashing in live mode you can download the new release from here.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

HP Printing and Imaging Driver available for Black Lab Linux

Today we are pleased to announce the immediate availability of the new HP Printing and Imaging Driver for Black Lab Linux 4.x/5.x as well as PC/OS Desktop/LX and PC/OS Education/LX. This driver is available for users with newer HP printers released within the last year. This driver is fully supported by PC/OpenSystems LLC on the commercial desktop systems as well as on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and 7 and Oracle Linux 6. You can download it from the TechWeb site.

Black Lab Linux 5.0.1 released

Today we are pleased to announce the release of Black Lab Linux 5.0.1.  With this release we bring some pretty good technologies to our linux desktop to make it the most stable, and easiest to use yet.

First, we have rolled up all the security updates for this release so you guys are getting the latest bug fixes and application updates.  With Black Lab Linux 5.0.1 we also changed the UI and included a new dock for application launching and "taskbar." With Black Lab Linux you also get the following applications

 1). Linux kernel 3.5.0-51
 2). Docky
3). GTK 3.6
4). Gstreamer 1.2
5). OpenSSH 6.2
6). Revelation Password Manager
7). Ice (Webapp creation tool)
8). Firefox 29
9). Thunderbird 24.5
10). Google Maps, Google Voice and Drive Web Apps
11). Dropbox 1.6
12). Audacious
13). VLC
14). Openshot Video Editor
15). Audacity
16). Maya Calendar
17). Dates (32 bit)
18). GNOME Disk Utility
19). Abiword
20). Gnumeric
21). Font Manager

Black Lab Linux 5.0.1 is available for 64 bit machines and 32 bit machines

Download 64 bit Release

Download 32 bit Release

If you have bandwidth restrictions or would like to purchase a copy of Black Lab Linux on a Live USB or Live DVD, you can order that from the Black Lab Store

The Black Lab Linux Project survives off of donations from the community.  If you guys would like to donate to the Black Lab Linux Project it is very helpful.  Your donations go to paying developers, maintenance, replacing aging equipment, advertising and maintaining the projects web presence.  So help us keep the lights on.  Your name will be listed on the site and your donation is greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Black Lab Workspace Manager development starts

Today we are pleased to announce the development of our new default desktop for Black Lab Linux; Workspace Manager.  Workspace Manager will be fully compatible with all XFCE applets and tools, many of them will not be changing from what the XFCE project delivers. We will have some exciting features that will be integrated. We will be integrating:

Skippy XD
Black Lab Imager
Secure Wipe

And many many more. While the target for this will be Black Lab Linux. Users of Red Hat, Debian, SUSE will be more than welcome to compile it for their own platforms and can contribute etc. Many of these features will be integrated with XFCE 4.11 and Black Lab, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4 so the change will not be very drastic come Workspace Manager 1.0 wiith Black Lab 6.1

Monday, May 5, 2014

Black Lab Linux 5.0 released

Today the Black Lab Linux team is pleased to announce the release of Black Lab Linux 5.0, our most exciting and innovative release yet. Black Lab Linux 5.0 reiterates our commitment to a functional, stable and intuitive desktop Linux distribution.

We focused on stability and ease of use for this release : so what are some of the new features included in Black Lab 5.0?

1). A GUI that rivals Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows in out-of-the-box usability, no tweaking or addons required.
2). Linux kernel 3.5.0-49
3). GTK 3.6
4). QT 5.2.1
5). Gstreamer 1.2
6). OpenSSH 6.2
7). Revelation Password Manager
8). Google Chrome 34
9). Thunderbird 24.5
10). Google Maps, Voice and Drive Web Apps
11). Dropbox 1.6
12). Audacious
13). VLC
14). Openshot Video Editor Audacity
15). Updated LibreOffice
16). Maya Calendar
17). Dates (32 bit)
18). GNOME Disk Utility

These are just a few of the many system and application updates we have applied.

Black Lab Linux 5.0 is available right now for 32 bit and 64 bit that uses XFCE as well as a version that is 64 bit that uses the KDE desktop.

If you are a member of the Black Lab Network or purchased the pre-order your package has been shipped already.

Starting today you can purchase a Live DVD, LiveUSB or digital delivery.

The community edition will be available May 31, 2014.

Black Lab Linux 5.0
Install Media

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Black Lab Linux 5.0.1 Enterprise Released and the OS/2 Colors Pack

PC/OpenSystems LLC has released the commercial release, Black Lab Linux 5.0.1 Enterprise in conjunction with the Black Lab Linux team.  There have been a ton of updates and fixes applied.  To get more information visit the release statement

The Black Lab Linux team has also released the OS/2 Colors Pack which is a collection of OS/2 Warp 4 style window decorations.  You can download that from the support site