Black Lab Linux Changelog

New in version 6.0

October 27th, 2014
  • Ubuntu 14.04.1 Base
  • GNOME 3 replaces XFCE as the default desktop
  • Thunderbird 31.2
  • Firefox 33
  • AppGrid - an alternative app store available for Black Lab Linux
  • TimeShift - A system restore feature for allowing full system backups
  • Linux kernel 3.13.0-37, Kernel 3.17.1 is available as an easy to install script
  • Abiword
  • Gnumeric
  • OpenShot
  • GNOME PPP
  • Steam Integration
  • Pidgin
  • GNOME Tweak tool integration
  • Arista Transcoder
  • VLC
  • Cheese
  • Audacity

New in version 6 Beta 1 (September 12th, 2014)

  • Heavily customized GNOME 3.10 interface
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS base
  • Firefox 32
  • System Restore
  • Abiword and GNUMERIC
  • Scribus
  • Inkscape
  • Openshot
  • DVD and full multimedia codec playback
  • Java 7
  • VLC
  • Audacious
  • Pidgin IM client
  • Updated WINE packages ready for installation
  • Full LSB compliance and all basic development packages installed with a focus on letting people with custom kernels install them with minimal fuss and issue.

New in version 5.1 Alpha (June 25th, 2014)

  • GTK 3.8
  • Linux kernel 3.8 (3.15 is available as a separate download)
  • OpenSSH 6.6
  • Updated OpenSSL
  • KDE 4.13.2 Backported packages
  • Firefox 30
  • Thunderbird 24.6

New in version 5.0.1 (June 5th, 2014)

  • Linux kernel 3.5.0-51
  • Docky
  • GTK 3.6
  • Gstreamer 1.2
  • OpenSSH 6.2
  • Revelation Password Manager
  • Ice (Webapp creation tool)
  • Firefox 29
  • Thunderbird 24.5
  • Google Maps, Google Voice and Drive Web Apps
  • Dropbox 1.6
  • Audacious
  • VLC
  • Openshot Video Editor
  • Audacity
  • Maya Calendar
  • Dates (32 bit)
  • GNOME Disk Utility
  • Abiword
  • Gnumeric
  • Font Manager

New in version 5.0 (May 8th, 2014)

  • A GUI that rivals Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows in out-of-the-box usability, no tweaking or addons required.
  • Linux kernel 3.5.0-49
  • GTK 3.6
  • QT 5.2.1
  • Gstreamer 1.2
  • OpenSSH 6.2
  • Revelation Password Manager
  • Google Chrome 34
  • Thunderbird 24.5
  • Google Maps, Voice and Drive Web Apps
  • Dropbox 1.6
  • Audacious
  • VLC
  • Openshot Video Editor Audacity
  • Updated LibreOffice
  • Maya Calendar
  • Dates (32 bit)
  • GNOME Disk Utility

New in version 5.0 Beta 2 (March 24th, 2014)

  • XFCE 4.11
  • Google Chrome 33
  • Revelation Password Manager
  • Google Maps
  • Messaging Center
  • LibreOffice 4.2
  • Audacious
  • Totem
  • OpenSSH 6
  • Bleachbit
  • Bleachbit Administrator
  • Nixnote

New in version 4.3 Beta 1 (March 13th, 2014)

  • Functionality
  • Hardware Support
  • Stability
  • XFCE 4.11
  • Google Chrome 33/Chromium 32
  • OpenShot 1.4.3
  • Linux kernel 3.5.0-47
  • Improved NVIDIA and ATI drivers
  • Improved Wifi support
  • Kinect and 360 wireless adapter support
  • Thunderbird 24.3
  • LibreOffice 4.2
  • Gimp 2.8.10
  • And many more application and system updates

New in version 4.2 (January 13th, 2014)

  • Newer updated kernel which helps eliminate bugs and also brings driver support and improved hardware support.
  • New X.org stack which is the engine which drives the GUI interface and features. With improved support for touch interfaces and input methods, Black Lab Linux can be installed on a variety of machines including first generation 64 bit machines to brand new Intel i7 systems..
  • We also revamped the UI due to user demand so the OS gets out of the way of whatever task you are trying to accomplish.
  • XFCE 4.11, with this highly innovative and light user interface it is low power and low memory so more of your system memory is dedicated to your applications than powering the UI.
  • For the first time ever, we are also releasing a KDE release for users who prefer the KDE desktop and that release ships with KDE 4.12
  • LibreOffice 4.1.4, this is the de-facto standard of open source office suites. With LibreOffice you have document compatibility with all Microsoft Office formats including the newer XML based formats, as well as other legacy document formats.
  • Chromium 31. Web browsing and web applications are very important to the average user, and for this we have included the award winning Chromium Web Browser which is the standards based platform to host your web applications, very fast and very simple to use. Chromium being cross platform, its also the same across multiple platforms so you will feel right at home.
  • Thunderbird 24 with the lightning extension for reading your mail and keeping up with important dates and times. You can also sync your Google calendar events for offline use.
  • Audacious 3.4 for listening to streaming music as well as all your mp3, AAC and WMA music files
  • VLC for watching streaming video as well as video files on your hard drive in all formats. VLC also supports DVD and Blu-Ray playback.
  • Camorama for taking photos from your webcam
  • Audacity 3, for audio production
  • OpenShot Video editor for making your own home videos
  • Steam Client for accessing all of your Valve Steam games. We are also compatible with the SteamOS.
  • gMTP for managing files on your Barnes and Noble Nook devices, and Amazon Kindle Fire, Fire HD, and Fire HDX tablets as well as a plethora of other audio and video players.
  • Calibre ebook management which allows you to read ebooks in all different formats from proprietary to free formats. We also include the LRF Viewer to read Sony's ebook format.
  • These are only some of the application updates that you get with Black Lab Linux 4.2, they are to numerous to go over here. Overall you get over 200 system and application updates. With Black Lab Linux 4.2 you arent just upgrading your operating system, its like you are getting a brand new computer.

New in version 4.2 Beta 3 (January 3rd, 2014)

  • XFCE 4.11.1
  • Chromium 31.0
  • Thunderbird 24.2
  • GIMP 2.8.10
  • Kernel 3.5.44
  • Whisker Menu
  • Maya Calendar
  • Steam Client
  • Dropbox