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Ok guys, the time has come that some tough decisions need to be made. So we have made them. Our goal when we started Black Lab Linux was to use one desktop. During the course of development we strayed away from that. I always wanted to do one desktop and do it well. Some of you whom seem eager to request alternative desktop builds are also the same ones who run to the press and to forums and say we are indecisive and that we haven't a clue what we are doing. That ceases TODAY.  Now we are returning to the one desktop rule and its the desktop that we have used since day one. As of today we will standardize on the KDE desktop. There will be no more Mate, there will be no more GNOME, there will be no more XFCE. Those of you who do not like KDE there are tons of other distros out there that offer the alternative desktops. The only exception to this rule will be users who have agreements with us for alternative desktops and Enterprise and Education customers who have custom configuration agreements with us. When it comes to desktops there are a million reasons to use each one.  They are all good in their own right.  But for me, straying from my goals and trying to appease other people has made developing Black Lab Linux a lot less fun and a lot more stressful and it made it more stressful because in my mind I knew I wasn't doing the right thing by myself, and by my customers many of whom have stayed with me through the years, and when the developers aren't happy with the product; the product reflects that.  Now I do realize that some people will not like the choices we make and that is perfectly fine. Any requests for alternative desktop environments will fall upon deaf ears Im afraid. We feel that KDE has a much richer experience and a better toolset for users with which to get their job done. Now for the life of 6.5 we will continue to enhance and improve the Mate and KDE desktops. With Enterprise 6.5, Education 6.5 and Black Lab 7, KDE will be the ONLY available desktop unless you have an agreement in place. Any questions or comments don't hesitate to drop me a line. If anyone out there wishes to create a respin utilizing other desktops that is fine too.  Let us know and we will offer any assistance and resources you may need.  But as for this team we will now focus again on one singular distribution, with one desktop and we will focus on doing it well.
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If someone wants another desktop that bad, and wants to use Black Lab that bad, there are plenty of downloadable packages out there. They can roll their own.
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The new Graphics Manipulation Kit has been released.  It includes Raw editing, CAD and basic graphic manipulation apps.

http://www.blacklablinux.org/p/feature-kits.html
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Kernel 4.0 Update Kit for Black Lab Linux
Today we are announcing the immediate availability of the 4.0 kernel update kit for Black Lab Linux. The 4.0 Kernel brings some important updates and features here is a list of just a few of them: Live Kernel Patching, ability to install security kernel upd...
Today we are announcing the immediate availability of the 4.0 kernel update kit for Black Lab Linux. The 4.0 Kernel brings some important updates and features here is a list of just a few of them: Live Kernel Patching, abili...
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There seemed to have been a Sourceforge error with the zip file.  First of all, the zip file was the wrong size and it appears it was corrupted which I dont know what happened because when we tested last night it was fine.  We went ahead and recompressed it into a tar.gz file and uploaded it to Sourceforge, all the links have been updated.  Im testing it right now on an Enterprise Desktop build thats encrypted and will get back to you on the failures or successes with the new package.

 http://sourceforge.net/projects/os4online/files/Kernel%20Updater/kernel-enablement-kit-4.0.tar.gz/download
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Part of making a good product is not just ease of use, its not only uptime but it also has to do with recovery in case something goes wrong.  In the IT industry you have hardware failure, software failure, user issues and update issues.  Part of what we do that most other distributors dont do is that we test against failure.  We also test call quality and length.  We grade ourselves on service.  Sometimes we incorporate customers to do it.  Last weeks numbers for service were EXCELLENT.  To bring a KDE system back from the dead, restoring backups and installing developer tools took 1 hour 15 minutes.  On the Mate side it took a little longer at 1 hour 30 minutes.  The customer for this month was a church and private school that we service and they have a weird hardware setup, lots of custom hardware it was a great test.  This time we did something different, we had them restore a Windows 7 system and Black Lab Enterprise Desktop 6.5 system from a "failed" hard drive.  Windows 7, with full data backup and updates took  4 hours 22 mins.  For Black Lab, 1 hour 51 minutes.  From a system restore point, using the enclosed system restore tools.  Black Lab Enterprise KDE, 21 minutes.  Windows 7, 48 minutes.  So good job team.  DISCLOSURE:  No, it was not me who took the call either.  ~ RJD
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New refurbished systems available along with lower prices. Preloaded with Black Lab Linux.

http://www.pc-opensystems.com/p/refurbed-hardware.html

#linux #opensource #computer #blacklablinux #linuxpc  
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Today we released Black Lab Linux 6.5 which includes some major enhancements and bug fixes.

Read more at Link

http://www.blacklablinux.org/2015/03/black-lab-linux-65-released.html

#blacklablinux #opensource #matedesktop #kde #gnome #xfce   #distrowatch #computer #linux #linuxpc #debian #ubuntu  
Today we are pleased to announce the release of Black Lab Linux 6.5.  With this release we continue to enhance and improve Black Lab Linux for public consumption.  While the base is the same, the Open Distribution Release com...
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Redefining Project Development
Ok guys, the time has come that some tough decisions need to be made. So we have made them. Our goal when we started Black Lab Linux was to use one desktop. During the course of development we strayed away from that. I always wanted to do one desktop an...
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We have released new feature kits which add additional software to accommodate certain workloads. These have been tested and work on Black Lab Linux, Ubuntu, and Linux Mint.


http://www.blacklablinux.org/p/feature-kits.html
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We are making a change to education desktop and enterprise desktop. When you order you get BOTH one Live Media, one for KDE and one for Mate. This service is for those of you that may have mixed houses or users who like either or for their desktop. This will help facilitate choice and make sure the customer gets a whole lot of bang for their buck.
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We have released Black Lab Enterprise Desktop 6.5 RC1 for testing. Many new features are here

http://www.pc-opensystems.com/2015/04/black-lab-enterprise-desktop-65-rc1.html
Today we are releasing Black Lab Enterprise Desktop 6.5 RC1.  This is the first Release Candidate of what will become the final product of Black Lab Enterprise Desktop 6.5.  We are now in feature freeze meaning there will be ...
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Changes to the Black Lab Linux Project
There are a few things I want to discuss here.  Some are changes to the Black Lab Linux Project itself, and to the class of hardware that we sell. Due to the lack of donations to the Black Lab Linux project and lack of outside funding for the Black Lab Linu...
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Black Lab Linux 6.5 Released
Today we are pleased to announce the release of Black Lab Linux 6.5.  With this release we continue to enhance and improve Black Lab Linux for public consumption.  While the base is the same, the Open Distribution Release comes in 4 flavors.  GNOME, MATE, X...
Today we are pleased to announce the release of Black Lab Linux 6.5.  With this release we continue to enhance and improve Black Lab Linux for public consumption.  While the base is the same, the Open Distribution Release com...
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This is the official Google Plus account of Black Lab Linux.  Black Lab Linux is a leading Linux distribution focused on extensibility, ease of use for the enterprise as well as the general computing public.  All news releases, release announcements etc.  will be posted here.