Black Lab Linux 8.0 Onyx Alpha 4 released for testing

The Black Lab Linux team has announced release of Black Lab Linux 8.0 Alpha 4 for testing. Black Lab 8.0 Alpha 4 which is known by the code name Onyx is 4th development release of upcoming stable Black Lab Linux 8.0.

The final release of Black Lab Linux 8.0 is scheduled on december 2016 and this release introduces some significant change in strategy followed by Black Lab Linux so far. Instead of providing a complete desktop operating system with all essential applications, Black Lab Linux 8.0 will be relying more on web applications, so that it will function as a cloud centered operating system. On top of this cloud centered operating system, users can install any software of their choice, provided it is available in Debian repositories. In addition to this strategic change, Black Linux 8.0 also options to users for configuring their desktop.

Moving towards a cloud oriented operating system will help Black Lab to ship a small core operating system, which will be easy to update, will help to provide long term software support and reuse older hardware resources.

Black Lab Linux 8.0 Alpha 4 is shipped with following desktop applications:
  • Linux Kernel 4.2.0-36
  • Chromium 50
  • Steam
  • VLC Media Player
  • NetOS Nanny Domain blocker
  • Ice SSB
  • Transmission
  • HexChat IRC
  • Dropbox
  • gThumb Image Viewer
In addition to these, it also includes following web based applications:
  • Google Office/Contacts/Calendar
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Facebook messenger
  • Outlook Mail
  • Spotify
From official release announcement of Black Lab Linux 8.0 Onyx Alpha 4:
Today the members of the Black Lab Linux team are pleased to announce the release of Black Lab Linux 8, Alpha 4, Codename “Onyx”.  Onyx brings us one step closer to the final release of Black Lab Linux 8, scheduled for December 2016.  Alpha 4 introduces several changes to the way Black Lab Linux is structured -  it’s no longer a one-size-fits-all distribution.  The development team has changed the focus of Black Lab Linux 8 toward the cloud - meaning that all primary applications are web based, full featured, apps. These are complemented with best-of-breed desktop applications installed locally, and you can add any-and-all Debian / Ubuntu packages to the default lineup. Altogether, unparalleled choice to customize your desktop experience.

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