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DistroWatch.com: Black Lab Linux

Black Lab Linux

Last Update: 2017-05-22 05:52 UTC


Black Lab Linux (formerly OS4 OpenLinux) is a user-friendly, commercial desktop and server Linux distribution based on Ubuntu. Some of its most interesting features include support for popular browser plugins, addition of packages for multimedia production, content creation and software development, and an innovative desktop layout based on GNOME Shell. Separate editions with KDE and Xfce desktops are also available. The company behind the distribution also sells a desktop mini-system with Black Lab Linux pre-installed.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 33 (305), 6 months: 43 (262), 3 months: 39 (303), 4 weeks: 21 (477), 1 week: 28 (420)

Average visitor rating: 5.25/10 from 4 review(s).


Black Lab Summary
Distribution Black Lab Linux (formerly OS4 OpenLinux, before PC/OS)
Home Page http://www.blacklablinux.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://blltechweb.blogspot.com/p/documentation.html
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://sourceforge.net/projects/os4online/files/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker http://blltechweb.blogspot.com/p/support.html
Related Websites Black Lab Software, Inc.Black Lab Linux ExperimentalWikipedia
Reviews 6.1: Desktop Linux Reviews
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2009: Linux.com
2008: DistroWatch
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-05-08: Distribution Release: Black Lab Linux 11
 • 2016-11-10: Distribution Release: Black Lab Linux 8.0
 • 2016-10-24: Distribution Release: Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8.0 SP1
 • 2016-09-26: Development Release: Black Lab Linux 8 Beta 3
 • 2016-06-13: Development Release: Black Lab Linux 8.0 Alpha 4
 • 2016-04-26: Distribution Release: Black Lab Linux 7.6
 • 2016-01-16: Development Release: Black Lab Linux 8 Alpha 1
 • 2015-11-17: Distribution Release: Black Lab Linux 7.0
 • 2015-09-14: Development Release: Black Lab Linux 2015.9 (Beta)
 • 2015-08-05: Distribution Release: Black Lab Enterprise Linux 6.6
 • 2015-06-16: Distribution Release: Black Lab Linux 2015.6 "GNOME"
 • 2015-05-11: Distribution Release: Black Lab Linux 6.5 SR 1
 • More Black Lab releases...

  Headlines:
 •2016-10-12 Black Lab switches to commercial releases
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Full Package List 11.0.1 8.2 7.7 6.5-sr1               Full Package List
Package 11.0.1 8.2 7.7 6.5-SR1 14.0.3 13.7 12.5 12.1.1 10.1.1 2009.3 2008v2 Package
abiword (3.0.2) -- 3.0.1 3.0.0 3.0.0 2.9.2 -- 2.9.2svn 2.8.6 -- -- 2.4.4 abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.4) 1.1.0 1.1.0 1.0.27.2 1.0.27.2 1.0.25 1.0.25 1.0.25 1.0.24.1 1.0.20 1.0.15 1.0.15 alsa-lib (1.1.4)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 8.660 -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4) 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.0 3.2 3.2 bash (4.4)
bind (9.11.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.11.1)
chromium (58.0.3029.110) 58.0.3029.110 56.0.2924.76 52.0.2743.116 -- 28.0.1500.71 28.0.1500.71 20.0.1132.47 -- -- -- -- chromium (58.0.3029.110)
cups (2.2.3) 2.1.3 2.1.3 1.7.2 1.7.2 1.5.3 1.5.3 1.5.3 1.5.0 1.4.1 1.3.7 1.3.7 cups (2.2.3)
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.3 4.3.3 4.2.4 4.2.4 4.1.ESV-R4 4.1.ESV-R4 4.1.ESV-R4 4.1.1-P1 3.1.2 3.0.6 3.0.6 dhcp (4.3.5)
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.42.13 1.42.13 1.42.9 1.42.9 1.42 1.42 1.42 1.41.14 1.41.9 1.40.8 1.40.8 e2fsprogs (1.43.4)
firefox (53.0.3) -- 52.0.2 -- 37.0.2 24.0 -- 12.0 12.0 3.5.8 3.0.12 -- firefox (53.0.3)
freetype (2.8) 2.6.1 2.6.1 2.5.2 2.5.2 2.4.8 2.4.8 2.4.8 2.4.4 2.3.9 2.3.5 2.3.5 freetype (2.8)
gcc (7.1.0) 5.3.1 5.3.1 4.9.4 4.8.2 4.6.3 4.6.3 4.6.3 4.6.1 4.4.1 4.2.3 4.2.3 gcc (7.1.0)
gimp (2.8.22) 2.8.16 2.8.16 2.8.18 -- 2.8.6 2.8.6 2.8.0 2.8.0 2.6.8 2.6.5 2.4.5 gimp (2.8.22)
glibc (2.25) 2.23 2.23 2.19 2.19 2.15 2.15 2.15 2.13 2.10.1 2.7 2.7 glibc (2.25)
gnome-shell (3.24.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.24.2)
gnucash (2.6.16) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (2.6.16)
gnumeric (1.12.34) -- 1.12.28 1.12.9 1.12.9 1.10.17 -- 1.10.17 1.10.17 1.8.4 -- -- gnumeric (1.12.34)
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 1.99 1.99 1.99 1.99 1.97beta4 0.97 0.97 grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.15) 3.18.9 3.18.9 3.10.8 3.10.8 3.4.2 3.4.2 3.4.2 3.2.0 2.18.3 2.12.9 2.12.9 gtk+ (3.22.15)
httpd (2.4.25) -- 2.4.18 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.25)
inkscape (0.92.1) -- -- -- -- -- 0.48.3.1 -- 0.48.2 -- -- 0.46 inkscape (0.92.1)
k3b (17.04.1) -- -- -- 2.0.2 -- 2.0.2 -- -- -- -- -- k3b (17.04.1)
kmod (24) 22 22 15 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (24)
libgnome (2.32.1) 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 -- 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.28.0 2.22.0 2.22.0 libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.3.3) 5.3.3rc2 5.3.1 -- -- -- 4.1.0 -- -- 3.2.0 3.1.0 2.4.1 libreoffice (5.3.3)
linux (4.11.3) 4.8 4.4 3.19 3.16 3.5 3.2 3.2 3.0 2.6.31 2.6.24 2.6.24 linux (4.11.3)
Package 11.0.1 8.2 7.7 6.5-SR1 14.0.3 13.7 12.5 12.1.1 10.1.1 2009.3 2008v2 Package
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxde-common (0.99.2)
mariadb (10.2.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.6)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.12.1 1.12.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.1.1) 12.0.6 12.0.6 10.3.2 10.1.3 8.0.4 8.0.4 8.0.2 7.11 7.6.0 7.0.3rc2 7.0.3rc2 mesa (17.1.1)
mysql (5.7.18) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (5.7.18)
nautilus (3.24.1) -- 3.14.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.22.5.1 -- nautilus (3.24.1)
NVIDIA (381.22) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 185.18.36 -- -- NVIDIA (381.22)
openbox (3.6.1) -- 3.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u131) 8u131 8u121 7u111 7u79 6b27 6b27 6b24 6b23pre11 -- -- -- openjdk (8u131)
openssh (7.5p1) 7.2p2 7.2p2 6.6p1 6.6p1 5.9p1 5.9p1 5.9p1 5.8p1 5.1p1 4.7p1 4.7p1 openssh (7.5p1)
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.2g 1.0.2g 1.0.1f 1.0.1f 1.0.1 1.0.1 1.0.1 1.0.0e 0.9.8g 0.9.8g 0.9.8g openssl (1.1.0f)
perl (5.24.1) 5.22.1 5.22.1 5.18.2 5.18.2 5.14.2 5.14.2 5.14.2 5.12.4 5.10.0 5.8.8 5.8.8 perl (5.24.1)
php (7.1.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.1.5)
plasma-desktop (5.9.5) -- -- -- 4.11.11 -- 4.11.0 -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.9.5)
postfix (3.2.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.2.0)
postgresql (9.6.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (9.6.3)
Python (3.6.1) 2.7.11 2.7.11 2.7.5 2.7.5 2.7.3 2.7.3 2.7.3 2.7.2 2.6.4 2.5.2 2.5.2 Python (3.6.1)
qt (5.8.0) 5.5.1 5.5.1 4.8.5 4.8.5 4.8.2 4.8.2 4.8.1 4.7.4 4.5.3 4.3.4 3.3.8 qt (5.8.0)
samba (4.6.4) 4.3.11 4.3.11 4.3.9 4.1.6 3.6.3 3.6.3 3.6.3 3.5.11 3.4.0 3.0.28a 3.0.28a samba (4.6.4)
systemd (233) 229 229 204 204 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (233)
thunderbird (52.1.1) -- 45.8.0 45.2.0 31.6.0 -- 17.0.8 -- 12.0.1 2.0.0.24 2.0.0.22 2.0.0.16 thunderbird (52.1.1)
vim (8.0) 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.2 7.1 7.1 vim (8.0)
vlc (2.2.6) -- -- -- 2.2.1 2.0.8 -- -- 1.0.5 1.0.5 0.9.8a -- vlc (2.2.6)
xfdesktop (4.12.3) -- 4.12.3 4.12.2 -- 4.11.0 -- 4.10.0 4.8.3 4.6.1 4.6.1 4.4.2 xfdesktop (4.12.3)
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.18.4 1.18.4 1.15.1 1.15.1 1.11.4 1.11.4 1.11.4 1.10.4 1.6.4 1.4.1git 1.4.1git xorg-server (1.19.3)

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Version: 11
Rating: 2
Date: 2017-05-19
Votes: 3


As stated in an earlier review. The IoT version requires a username and password to even use it.
I checked Black Labs website and found no useful information pointing to the login account. The forum for Black Lab is utterly useless..

As for the Enterprise version.. If you don't choose to encrypt your install it will literary take 18 hours to install the OS.. 16Gigs of RAM on a 3.16Ghz Intel Duo core Processor 500Gb Hard drive. Slowest install process I have ever seen... And we have attempted it several times to verify. We can install Linux Mint in under 20 minutes.

If you choose to install with encryption then it has either hung or is still installing/encrypting.. its been over 24 hours and the install still isn't finished....

Sorry... but I wish I could say better for the Distro... but not this time..


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Version: 11
Rating: 1
Date: 2017-05-14
Votes: 4


can not login and install it. it wants a user name&password


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Version: 8.0
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-03-23
Votes: 0


Yes, it works well with old computers but the gnome is ugly.


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