Sunday, August 20, 2017

Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.0.3 released

Today we are pleased to announce the release of Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.0.3 for general availability.

Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.0.3 is targeted to small to medium sized businesses and is used in production environments around the world ranging from businesses, education facilities, research laboratories, and multimedia production facilities.
There have been many changes to Black Lab Enterprise Linux that were requested by customers and users.  We have four official builds:

Black Lab Enterprise Linux
Black Lab Linux for Education
Black Lab Embedded Linux
Black Lab Studio

While our official builds are based on the GNOME desktop with the exception of Black Lab Embedded Linux, which is based on LXDE, we do offer desktop spins for users. that include KDE Plasma 5, XFCE, LXDE and Mate.

Black Lab Enterprise Linux focuses on the following changes.

Kernel 4.10.0-37
Google Chrome 60
Thunderbird 52.3
LibreOffice 5.4
Webmin 1.8
ksplice for rebootless kernel updates
Samba 4
Container support
Web container support
Support for the XFS, JFS and BTRFS file systems for installation targets

Black Lab Linux for Education contains all  the Edubuntu and Debian Edu packages for K-12 facilities.

Black Lab Studio contains many of the tools available for Ubuntu Studio and more.  It contains tools for audio editing and composition, 3D rendering tools and video editing utilities and is aimed at the creative market.

Current licensee's can request a new USB Installer to be sent of they can download the new release from their digital locker

You can purchase hardware with Black Lab Enterprise Linux preinstalled from

You can download Black Lab Enterprise Linux and its flavors from here:

Black Lab Enterprise Linux

Black Lab Linux for Education

Black Lab Embedded Linux

Black Lab Studio

Black Lab Enterprise Linux desktop spins

KDE Plasma 5




You can purchase a Physical copy of Black Lab Enterprise Linux from here 

Black Lab Enterprise Linux License
Install Media
Order notes

or our webstore 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

VirtualBox black screen for Black Lab Enterprise Linux

Some of our users have been plagued by the VirtualBox black screen.  During the bootup and install of the Live image everything works as it should but after reboot you get a Black Screen when the X server is supposed to start.  While we are working on a fix for this issue, here is a work around that will start the X server and give you full capabilities of your Virtual Machine.

Step 1

Start the Virtual Machine - You will reach the grub screen which looks like this

Scroll down to the second option, Advanced options and hit enter

You will be presented with available kernels and their recovery modes similar to this graphic

Scroll down to the second option that is the recovery option and hit enter.  You will have a verbose boot sequence that looks like this

Step 2 

Resume the normal boot - You will get a recovery boot menu.  This has many options that allow you to tweak different settings but for this exercise you will simply resume a normal boot

When you hit enter on resume, you have an additional dialog like the one shown below that tells you that you are leaving recovery mode and resuming a normal boot.

Click Enter

Step 3

Normal Boot - Although you have chosen normal boot you will still have a verbose (command line) boot

When that finishes it will initialize the login screen (lightdm) and you can login as you normally would

Step 4

Install Virtual Box Guest additions - You next step will be to install the VirtualBox guest additions.  This will allow you to get proper screen resolutions and additional hardware resources.

Currently this procedure works for:

Black Lab Enterprise Linux

Black Lab Enterprise Linux for Eduction

Black Lab Studio

Black Lab Embedded

Black Lab Server



Cinnamon Spin


Unity Spin

Monday, March 27, 2017

Weekly 255 Released

Today we have released Weekly Build 255.  With this release we have fixed 159 bugs within the system.  This weekly is based on the KDE desktop and we fixed many of the issues within the KDE desktop as well.

Some of the more prominent fixes include:

  • KDE Specific:  Disappearing network icon - The network manager applet would disappear after periods of use.  This has been fixed
  • KDE Specific:  During live boot the menu would not retract when pressed.  This has been fixed.
  • dmesg would report "Core temperature above threshold"  thermald was the culprit for this error and it has been repaired
  • When logging out of the system it would trigger a reboot.  This has been fixed
  • i915 module not found Error:  The appropriate i915 drivers have been loaded and are not removed during the remaster process.
  • Transfer with Nitroshare would cause .jpg and .png files to be unreadable.  This has been fixed
  • Swap file management now optimized for SSD and FLASH storage users

There are a few bugs that we havent fixed yet

  • Not all Ubuntu branding removed from installer - Will be fixed in Weekly 256
  • Mobile batteries on SurfaceBook, SurfacePro, Lenovo Ideapad and some Dell models even upon full charge report only 56% capacity
  • Dell Optiplex 7440 wont set to maximum resolution upon reboot
  • Some ACER keyboards are not recognized

*NOTE*  The weekly builds are developmental releases and not recommended for production use

You can download Weekly 255 from our website:

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Weekly not available this week

Due to personal health issues of Roberto, there will not be a weekly released this week.  Weekly's will resume next week.  These issues will not affect regularly scheduled releases.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Weekly 254 Released

Today we are releasing Weekly 254 which is the newest release of our weekly developmental version.  There have been a few advancements in this release.

Kernel 4.8.0-41
Unity Desktop
Network Manager updates which reduces the number of disconnects and reconnects
5G Mobile Broadband compatibility has been improved
Support for the Intel NUC and Intel based Chromebooks has been improved
Optimization for Flash and SSD drives.

Known issues

Resetting resolutions on HDMI monitors sometimes forces a reboot
NVIDIA Binary Drivers cannot be used during Install
When installing on a Mac pro the installer will crash

This is a developmental release and should not be used on production systems.

You can download Weekly from our download site:

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Weekly 253 Released

Today we have released weekly 253.  With this we have the latest weekly build of Black Lab Linux.

With this release we have fixed a few issues:

Wireless now appears to be stable across all platforms
Improved support for Microsoft Surface Studio
Fixed kernel crash with USB-C devices
Applied all security updates

Known Issues

HDMI dual monitor causes secondary monitor to produce static
Windows 10 bootloader does not maintain entry for Black Lab Linux
Switching to tablet mode on some notebooks causes the GUI to freeze
Touchscreen issues on SurfaceBook
Macbook Pro touchbar does not work

Friday, February 24, 2017

Black Lab Linux Weekly 252 available

We are now providing weekly snapshots of Black Lab Linux available for download.  These are extremely experimental releases and may or may not have bugs.  These builds are NOT for production use but rather for people who dont mind testing beta software or who want to develop for Black Lab Linux or Linux in general.  For users who wish to have a stable long term supported system we recommend.

Black Lab Linux Stable

netOS Express (ADVISORY:  netOS Express does contain software that does not fall in line of the FSF's guidelines of Free Software and contains binary only software released under license)

Weekly 252 contains the following features:

kernel 4.8.0-36
Chromium Browser 56
Build Essentials
XFCE 4.12
Audacious Audio Player

Known issues:

Wireless and Bluetooth drop unexpectedly
Installer crashes when installing on an HFS volume
Oracle Ksplice crashes constantly

You can download Weekly 252 from the following download site: