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Black Lab Linux

Last Update: 2018-03-24 02:02 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: 97 (128), 6 months: 137 (65), 3 months: 154 (46), 4 weeks: 140 (46), 1 week: 130 (45)

Average visitor rating: 7/10 from 16 review(s).


Black Lab Summary
Distribution Black Lab Linux (formerly OS4 OpenLinux, before PC/OS)
Home Page http://www.blacklablinux.org/
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User Forums --
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Documentation http://blltechweb.blogspot.com/p/documentation.html
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Download Mirrors http://sourceforge.net/projects/os4online/files/
Bug Tracker http://blltechweb.blogspot.com/p/support.html
Related Websites Black Lab Software, Inc.Black Lab Linux ExperimentalWikipedia
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2008: DistroWatch
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-11-27: Distribution Release: Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.5
 • 2017-11-05: Development Release: Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.5 Beta 3
 • 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)
 • More Black Lab releases...

  Headlines:
 •2016-10-12 Black Lab switches to commercial releases
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Feature 11.6 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 2018-03-09 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$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 1171-1582 1171-1582                     Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO 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 Graphical Installation
Default Desktop MATE 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 DEB Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite LibreOffice 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 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 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 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 11.6 11.0.1 8.2 7.7 6.5-sr1               Full Package List
Package 11.6 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 (1.1.7) 1.1.0 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 (1.1.7)
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 8.660 -- -- ati-driver (18.30)
bash (4.4.18) 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.0 3.2 3.2 bash (4.4.18)
bind (9.13.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.13.3)
chromium (70.0.3538.67) -- 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 (70.0.3538.67)
cups (2.2.8) 2.1.3 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 (2.2.8)
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.3 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 (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (1.44.4) 1.42.13 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 (1.44.4)
firefox (62.0.3) 58.0.2 -- 52.0.2 -- 37.0.2 24.0 -- 12.0 12.0 3.5.8 3.0.12 -- firefox (62.0.3)
freetype (2.9.1) 2.6.1 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 (2.9.1)
gcc (8.2.0) 5.3.1 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 (8.2.0)
gimp (2.10.6) 2.8.16 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 (2.10.6)
glibc (2.28) 2.23 2.23 2.23 2.19 2.19 2.15 2.15 2.15 2.13 2.10.1 2.7 2.7 glibc (2.28)
gnome-shell (3.30.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.30.1)
gnucash (3.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (3.3)
gnumeric (1.12.43) -- -- 1.12.28 1.12.9 1.12.9 1.10.17 -- 1.10.17 1.10.17 1.8.4 -- -- gnumeric (1.12.43)
grub (2.02) 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+ (3.24.1) 3.18.9 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+ (3.24.1)
httpd (2.4.35) -- -- 2.4.18 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.35)
inkscape (0.92.3) 0.91 -- -- -- -- -- 0.48.3.1 -- 0.48.2 -- -- 0.46 inkscape (0.92.3)
k3b (18.08.2) -- -- -- -- 2.0.2 -- 2.0.2 -- -- -- -- -- k3b (18.08.2)
kmod (25) 22 22 22 15 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (25)
krita (4.1.5)                         krita (4.1.5)
libreoffice (6.1.2) 6.0.2 5.3.3rc2 5.3.1 -- -- -- 4.1.0 -- -- 3.2.0 3.1.0 2.4.1 libreoffice (6.1.2)
linux (4.18.16) 4.13.0 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 (4.18.16)
Package 11.6 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
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.9.3)
mariadb (10.3.10) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.3.10)
mate-desktop (1.20.3) -- 1.12.1 1.12.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.20.3)
mesa (18.2.3) 17.2.8 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 (18.2.3)
mysql (8.0.13) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (8.0.13)
nautilus (3.30.2) -- -- 3.14.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.22.5.1 -- nautilus (3.30.2)
NVIDIA (410.66) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 185.18.36 -- -- NVIDIA (410.66)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- 3.6.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (10.0.2) 8u151 8u131 8u121 7u111 7u79 6b27 6b27 6b24 6b23pre11 -- -- -- openjdk (10.0.2)
openssh (7.9p1) 7.2p2 7.2p2 7.2p2 6.6p1 6.6p1 5.9p1 5.9p1 5.9p1 5.8p1 5.1p1 4.7p1 4.7p1 openssh (7.9p1)
openssl (1.1.1) 1.0.2g 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 (1.1.1)
perl (5.28.0) 5.22.1 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 (5.28.0)
php (7.2.11) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.2.11)
plasma-desktop (5.14.1) -- -- -- -- 4.11.11 -- 4.11.0 -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.14.1)
postfix (3.3.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.3.1)
postgresql (11.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (11.0)
Python (3.7.1) 2.7.12 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 (3.7.1)
qt (5.11.2) 4.8.7 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 (5.11.2)
samba (4.9.1) 4.3.11 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 (4.9.1)
systemd (239) 229 229 229 204 204 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (239)
thunderbird (60.2.1) 52.6.0 -- 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 (60.2.1)
vim (8.1) 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.2 7.1 7.1 vim (8.1)
vlc (3.0.4) -- -- -- -- 2.2.1 2.0.8 -- -- 1.0.5 1.0.5 0.9.8a -- vlc (3.0.4)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 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 (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.20.2) 1.18.4 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 (1.20.2)

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Version: 11.6
Rating: 7
Date: 2018-09-15
Votes: 0


Looked at their mirror and stumbled onto and tried 2 isos:
blacklab/next/nextdesktop-1804.iso (XFCE based imitation of Next desktop)
blacklab/releases/1170/bll-1170-x64.iso (XFCE based imitation of CDE desktop)

Weird but very interesting.

Pros: Generally BL makes an impression of a nice, polished, working distro
Cons: Give Black LAb 7 points as seems they cannot concentrate and decide what desktop they develop, it changes with every release. GNOME->XFCE->MATE... now these 2 exotics. I'd suggest them to concentrate on one DE. Hope it'd be either XFCE OR MATE.


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Version: 11.6
Rating: 8
Date: 2018-04-27
Votes: 0


This distro is definitely solid and reliable you can use this without worrying about doing any restores from snapshots. There are a few bugs but nothing you cannot work around. Overall this distro is very reliable and useful. With more work I could see this distro being a platform for enterprise level linux workstations.


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Version: 11.5
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-02-18
Votes: 10


Awesome, highly useable, customizable OS, that combines security with ease-of-use better than Windows or Mac. Incredible customer service - like having Bill Gates on speed dial! - and that's for the "free" side. Black Lab's nearly instant (via e-mail) customer service is the best of any company of any kind in any industry I have ever dealt with. The "10" is for the world-class customer service. The OS itself gets a 9.99999. Why? XFCE. Black Lab has the best XFCE styling in all of Linux, but at the end of the day, its still XFCE. It's fine for plain-Jane computing, where low-resource-consumption is important. XFCE's just not in the same league as Cinnamon or MATE in HDMI performance. Cinnamon's and MATE's HDMI is plug-n-play, they retain the video settings, and allows sound settings to remain sent to HDMI even when unplugged. XFCE is not intuitive to set up and doesn't retain the settings. However, Black Lab has made it easy to add a UI such as cinnamon and have xfce as a backup, using the login screen to switch desktops. After nearly 6 years of using various Linux distros, I've found Black Lab to be THE BEST REPLACEMENT WINDOWS anywhere. I was a die-hard Windows 7 user. Black Lab literally did replace Windows 7 for my business and personal computing uses. Security, ease-of-use, price, and especially customer service make Black Lab Linux a world-class product.


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