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DistroWatch.com: Black Lab Linux

Black Lab Linux

Last Update: 2017-08-26 01:22 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: 36 (289), 6 months: 38 (267), 3 months: 43 (240), 4 weeks: 29 (336), 1 week: 66 (153)

Average visitor rating: 6.45/10 from 11 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:
 • 2017-08-21: Distribution Release: Black Lab Linux 11.0.3
 • 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"
 • More Black Lab releases...

  Headlines:
 •2016-10-12 Black Lab switches to commercial releases
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Feature 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 Feature
Release Date 2017-05-21 2017-04-11 2016-09-19 2015-05-11 2013-10-17 2013-08-18 2012-07-10 2012-05-16 2010-03-29 2009-08-10 2008-08-30 Release Date
End Of Life                       End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 1171-1582                     Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Installation
Default Desktop MATE LXDE, MATE, Unity, Xfce Xfce KDE Xfce KDE Xfce Xfce Xfce Xfce Xfce Default Desktop
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite LibreOffice GOffice, LibreOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice LibreOffice GOffice GOffice OO.o OO.o OO.o Office Suite
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386 i386 Processor Architecture
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd Upstart Upstart Upstart Upstart Upstart Upstart Upstart Init Software
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Journaled File Systems
Multilingual                       Multilingual
Asian Language Support                       Asian Language Support
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) 1.1.0 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 (1.1.4.1)
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 (9.11.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.11.2)
chromium (61.0.3163.91) 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 (61.0.3163.91)
cups (2.2.4) 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 (2.2.4)
dhcp (4.3.6) 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 (4.3.6)
e2fsprogs (1.43.6) 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 (1.43.6)
firefox (55.0.3) -- 52.0.2 -- 37.0.2 24.0 -- 12.0 12.0 3.5.8 3.0.12 -- firefox (55.0.3)
freetype (2.8.1) 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 (2.8.1)
gcc (7.2.0) 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 (7.2.0)
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 (2.26) 2.23 2.23 2.19 2.19 2.15 2.15 2.15 2.13 2.10.1 2.7 2.7 glibc (2.26)
gnome-shell (3.26.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.26.0)
gnucash (2.7.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (2.7.0)
gnumeric (1.12.35) -- 1.12.28 1.12.9 1.12.9 1.10.17 -- 1.10.17 1.10.17 1.8.4 -- -- gnumeric (1.12.35)
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+ (3.22.21) 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+ (3.22.21)
httpd (2.4.27) -- 2.4.18 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.27)
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- -- -- -- 0.48.3.1 -- 0.48.2 -- -- 0.46 inkscape (0.92.2)
k3b (17.08.1) -- -- -- 2.0.2 -- 2.0.2 -- -- -- -- -- k3b (17.08.1)
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 (5.4.1) 5.3.3rc2 5.3.1 -- -- -- 4.1.0 -- -- 3.2.0 3.1.0 2.4.1 libreoffice (5.4.1)
linux (4.13.3) 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 (4.13.3)
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 (10.2.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.8)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.12.1 1.12.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.2.1) 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 (17.2.1)
mysql (5.7.19) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (5.7.19)
nautilus (3.26.0) -- 3.14.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.22.5.1 -- nautilus (3.26.0)
NVIDIA (384.69) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 185.18.36 -- -- NVIDIA (384.69)
openbox (3.6.1) -- 3.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u144) 8u131 8u121 7u111 7u79 6b27 6b27 6b24 6b23pre11 -- -- -- openjdk (8u144)
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 (5.26.0) 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 (5.26.0)
php (7.1.9) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.1.9)
plasma-desktop (5.10.5) -- -- -- 4.11.11 -- 4.11.0 -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.10.5)
postfix (3.2.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.2.2)
postgresql (9.6.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (9.6.5)
Python (3.6.2) 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 (3.6.2)
qt (5.9.1) 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 (5.9.1)
samba (4.7.0) 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 (4.7.0)
systemd (234) 229 229 204 204 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (234)
thunderbird (52.3.0) -- 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 (52.3.0)
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 (4.12.4) -- 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 (4.12.4)
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: 11.0.1
Rating: 6
Date: 2017-09-02
Votes: 0


I think 6.5/10 for this distro is where it's at, it's just not more satisfying than that


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Version: 11.0.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-08-29
Votes: 3


Black Lab is an excellent OS put out by a great company. I call it the "world's best repalcement windows." Been using it as a TV server where it's proven to be robust, highly virus resistant, stable, and, thanks to the Cinnamon (yes, they did a Cinnamon version where even the window key works!) and MATE desktops they offer, it's extremely noob-friendly. There is nearly zero learning curve compared to windows, never needs defrag, and in my experience doesn't need delay-causing, costly anti-virus software. As for the customer support, I have ALWAYS gotten a helpful answer to inquiries, even on Sundays! Their customer service is world-class - better than having Bill Gates on speed dial! I put it on a mobile mechanic's aging Toshiba laptop and he stated that compared to it, their state-of-the-art shop computer "sucks." Having experience with windows products from 3.1 to 10, and MacOS Sierra, I can say that if you want to experience your computer at its best, run Black Lab on it.


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Version: 11.0.1
Rating: 1
Date: 2017-08-24
Votes: 3


This distro is a waste of time. They have no support forum, nor do they answer their support email.
I've been waiting and waiting for them to get back to me as the bluetooth does not work. I also had
other issues with the OS but hell... if they're not going to answer the bluetooth email, why should I
even bother contacting them for anything else?? I would have made a donation... but screw THAT!!


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