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We now have torrents available thanks to LinuxTracker.org

http://www.blacklablinux.org/p/downloads-site-links.html
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The mate desktop re-spin is available now

http://sourceforge.net/projects/os4online/files/Rel65/bll-MATE-65-x86_64.iso/download

I want to personally thank community member Christian Lovelace for all of his assistance.
Black Lab Linux is a distribution focused on ease of use
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For all you gear heads and DIY Mechanics out there we have just certified OBD Auto Doctor on Black Lab Linux 6.5 SR1. While we are pretty sure it will work on 6 and 6.5, 6.5 SR1 is the one we used for testing. For small mechanic shops, DIY mechanics and performance tuners you can now use your favorite OS with a great diagnostic system.

http://www.obdautodoctor.com/
Clear check engine light (MIL), read diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs), monitor engine performance and save money with OBDAutoDoctor OBD car diagnostic software.
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The team has come to a unanimous decision when it comes to preloads on hardware.  While Black Lab Linux will be the ONLY option for preload on hardware.  If you decide to buy and install Windows 7 or 8 it will no longer void your warranty.  We will continue to service and replace approved hardware REGARDLESS of what you decide to run.
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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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Education and Forensic Desktop users
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As you guys do your upgrades you will notice 2 Live USB keys.  One is for Education or Forensic, the other is Enterprise Desktop.  Now you guys may think there was a mistake but there wasnt.  After talking to customers and clients we agreed with you.  You want to distribute Black Lab across all your systems.  Not just on classroom or lab computers.  And we do realize there are some things in those releases that secretaries and administrators dont need and so if you ordered a district or agency wide license you get both.  So you can use the appropriate license per classrooms and labs and your secretaries, and other non-classroom and non-lab personnel dont have to worry about the those specific tools.  

Now we did a lot of work for these releases.  Webmin is included for remote administration on ALL systems, desktop sharing, Citrix Receiver and virtualization technologies.  We will also periodically every 6 months release ISO refreshes with all security fixes and updates.  Now I spent the last two weeks speaking to customers, IT personnel, Superintendents, Sheriffs, Chiefs of Police and those were some really good conversations and things that we had fixed and incorporated were some of the requests I had.  Now one of the biggest questions I had was about Black Lab Server and how that release coincides with Red Hat Enterprise, SUSE Enterprise or Oracle.  Now while all three are partners of ours we made the product so its not only competitive but complimentary.   Meaning you can plug it in alongside and they will talk to each other.  We also built in Docker and virtualization so you can bring all your containers and VM's and they will run out of box.  And yes Virginia on Server you dont have to use a GUI unless you really want to.  Everything from containers, VM's etc can be manipulated from the command line.  Headless or monitor and keyboard attached.
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For Black Lab Enterprise, Education and Forensic Desktops we will be including the ScudCloud client which allows you to use the Slack team collaboration services as well as Skype. All included.
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Black Lab Linux 9 will switch over to Systemd as the default init system.  Black Lab Linux 9 will be released in October of 2016.  We will start beta testing Black Lab Linux 9 in January of 2016 so we can get as many bugs as we can worked out.  Now I understand the controversy behind Systemd and I have heard both sides of the argument and this decision is not something we make lightly.  There will be a couple of caveats to this.  Black Lab Server and the upcoming Black Lab ARM Server will NOT be switching to Systemd YET.  Black Lab Core Server is updated every 2 years and in two weeks we release the new update and Systemd did not make it into this cycle.
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Black Lab Core Server and the MiniSERV will be available Monday, May 25, 2015.  Docker, Webmin, Virtualization are all integrated so you can use it in your datacenter in whatever capacity your imagination allows.  Core Server will ONLY come bundled with hardware, standalone release will ONLY be available for server customers.
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Black Lab Linux 6.5 SR1 Released
Monday May 11, 2015 we are releasing Black Lab Linux 6.5 SR1.  Black Lab Linux 6.5 SR1 is the first service release of the free release of our distribution.  This included all security and bug fixes from our initial release until May 6, 2015 which includes ...
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Awesome once again springs to mind - truly a great release - thank you
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Dont forget its small business week so dont forget to order your system from Black Lab Software #smallbusinessweek #linuxpc #linux #opensource  

http://www.blacklablinux.org/p/pre-installed-systems.html
We are pleased to offer systems for sale with Black Lab Linux.  When you purchase one of our BriQ systems you not only help support the Black Lab Linux Project but 10% of the sale goes to various Open Source projects. Financi...
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