Black Lab Linux Changelog

New in version 6.5 SR1

May 11th, 2015
  • Kernel 3.16.0-36
  • The Ubuntu LTS Compatible kernel 3.13.0-52
  • Firefox 37.0.2
  • Thunderbird 31.6
  • KDE Desktop Sharing for remote access
  • Timeshift which allows you to create "restore points" so you can restore your desktop to an earlier state
  • KolourPaint for basic image editing
  • Shotwell

New in version 6.0 SR1 (December 15th, 2014)

  • Linux kernel 3.13.0-43.50
  • Linux kernel 3.17.6 for kernel 3.17 users
  • Firefox 34
  • Thunderbird 31.3
  • GNOME 3.10.4
  • GTK 3.10.8

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

New in version 4.2 Beta 2 (December 14th, 2013)

  • The lock screen bug: The lock screen in some instances when going back to the desktop would freeze the system forcing a reboot.
  • Network Manager would not show a stable connection when connected
  • Display bug where only half the desktop wallpaper was being shown is now fixed.
  • USB crash has been fixed, in some instances if you would plug in 5 consecutive USB devices the system would crash
  • The ASUS EeePC hot keys have been fixed.
  • XServer crashes on VirtualBox are now fixed.
  • Backporting of drivers now 95% complete.
  • Chromium lag is now fixed

New in version 14.1.8 (November 23rd, 2013)

  • Complete rebranding and artwork change.
  • Linux Kernel has been updated.
  • The ElementaryOS PPA has been added to Black Lab Linux and provides us with the Maya Calendar and the Noise Audio Player.
  • Thunderbird 24.1.0 has been updated
  • Chromium 30 has been updated
  • QT 5.1 has been updated
  • Steam has been updated
  • Global Menus
  • The XFCE Whisker menu

New in version 14 (September 13th, 2013)

  • kernel 3.5 +
  • Chromium Browser
  • Audacious
  • Gimp 2.8
  • Claws Mail
  • Dates - a calendering app to store all your important events
  • Contacts - for storing your contacts
  • Maps has been enhanced with Google Maps
  • The Message Center so you can send SMS straight from your desktop
  • Parole, a video player
  • VLC a media center application
  • Pidgin for IM
  • Abiword and Gnumeric for word processing and spreadsheet
  • Software Center - We use the Lubuntu Software Center for right now, we are still researching a good market place to include in OS/4 OpenLinux with this you still get access to all the free apps just not to the paid applications...yet
  • Steam for gaming

New in version 13.6 (August 1st, 2013)

  • Firefox and Thunderbird have been updated to the latest releases.
  • Our infamous and most popular IDE Gambas 3 has been updated
  • QT has been updated
  • Disk Utility has been merged with System Imager 1.0 so users can image their hard drives and make distribution copies. If you have a copy of OS/4 Enterprise 4.1.3 you can also do this with our custom Webmin plugin.
  • OpenJDK, OpenJRE and IcedTea Plugin have been updated and integrated more into Firefox.
  • FS-UAE, if you have a legal Kickstart ROM and copy of AmigaOS 3.x, you can run the legacy AmigaOS under the FS-UAE emulator.
  • AROS Subsystem, you can install this if you dont have a legal copy of AmigaOS 68k so you can run legacy applications and games as well as great AROS games and applications available today. AROS Subsystem is located in the /opt folder of every copy of 32 and 64 bit
  • Updated Kernel, the new kernel has updated drivers and a full range of bug fixes and security updates.

New in version 13.5 (July 3rd, 2013)

  • Arista Transcoder is now available to transcode personal video and make it possible to convert to any video format for any device.
  • Search for Files and Folders utility is much faster and is smarter. It can remember previously used search terms and search within the same criteria
  • For the first time, Valves Steam hub is available by default in OS4 OpenLinux.
  • Firefox 22
  • Thunderbird 17.0.7
  • Day Planner 0.11
  • Clementine 1.0.1 is our new default audio player. It supports file transfer to iPod, iPad, The Barnes and Noble Nook tablets as well as the Kindle Fire line of devices
  • Nokia Maps has been removed and replaced with Google Maps which was perhaps one of the most requested changes we have made
  • The new Disk Utility from OS4 Enterprise Linux has replaced gParted on OS4 OpenLinux.
  • QT Libraries have been updated to match the KDE 4.10 Release
  • QTransmission 2.51

New in version 13.3 (March 1st, 2013)

  • Over 300 application and system updates
  • Google Chrome 25
  • Linux Kernel 3.2.0-38
  • Cheese Webcam Booth for webcam users
  • Google Voice web app which provides SMS and telephony services to OS4
  • Disk Utility to manage partitions and prepare partitions for installation
  • OS4 Visual Subsystem 5.1
  • Gambas 2 is now included by default

New in version 13.2 (January 9th, 2013)

  • Kernel 3.2.0-35, the 3.5 kernel is still available in the repositories
  • Thunar 1.6.3
  • Fogger for creating we based desktop applications
  • Parental controls
  • Support for the Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD and Nook based tablets
  • A new system profiler and benchmark utility

New in version 13.2 Beta (January 1st, 2013)

  • Kernel 3.2.0-35
  • Thunar 1.6.1
  • Parental Controls
  • System Profiler and Benchmark utility

New in version 13.1 (November 30th, 2012)

  • OS4 Kernel has been updated to 3.2.0-33. OS4 Kernel 3.5 is available for install in the repository
  • The XFCE workspace has been upgraded to 4.10 with Thunar being upgraded to 1.5.3
  • With this release we are introducing a revolutionary deskbar interface, enhanced icon set and window manager theme users will find familiar from our early days
  • OS4 visual Subsystem has been upgraded to 4.0.1
  • Google Chrome has been updated to version 23
  • Screenlets have been added to the system
  • You can now add app launcher icons to the desktop

New in version 13 (October 2nd, 2012)

  • XFCE
  • kernel 3.2.0-31
  • Google Chrome 22
  • The Gimp 2.8
  • Banshee 2.4.1
  • Evolution Groupware Suite 3.2.3
  • Shotwell 0.12.3
  • Nokia Maps
  • Likewise Active Directory Membership 6.1
  • OpenJava 7
  • Flash
  • VLC