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Black Lab Linux Xfce 15.7 is out now. Distro Review and Installation Guide


Black Lab Linux is a Ubuntu based distribution, aimed at bringing the stability to Linux desktop. It is well suited for almost every type of linux user, from normal desktop users to geeks and professionals. It comes bundled with large number of useful apps to enhance your multimedia, office and home experience of Linux. This is pretty stable, easy to use, lightweight distribution. Originally called OS/4, it was renamed to Black Lab due to copyright issues. It has been using GNOME desktop environment, but developers of this operating system has recently released the XFCE edition of the operating system, being called Black Lab Linux Xfce 15.7.  The new release comes with XFCE desktop 4.12 , Linux kernel 4, GCC 4.9.2 and Libreoffice 4. Let’s review its installation process and get familiar with this nice distro.

Installing Black Lab Linux Xfce 15.7

Download Black Lab Linux Xfce 15.7

There are couples of ways through which you can initiate the install of this OS.

(a)  Download Black Lab and burn it to DVD/USB drive and boot your system using this DVD/USB.

(b)   Create Virtual machine on your current operating system using tools like Oracle Virtual Box and boot your Virtual machine using ISO of this operating system.

Whichever method you choose, here is the very first screen you should see when booting your system using this ISO.

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Let it boot into Live Environment and from here click “Install Black Lab Linux” option.

Install black lab

On the very first installation screen, choose your preferred language for the installation and click “Next”.

black lab Language

The installer will verify that all requirement are met, before proceeding further with the installation process.

black lab Installation requirement

Choose how you want to handle disk partitioning, default option will erase your current disk and install fresh OS on it. If you are looking for any custom disk partitioning, you can do it from here. Click “Install Now” to proceed further.

black lab disk

On next step, select your keyboard layout.

black lab keyboard

Specify your user account on this step.

black lab user account

That’s it, the installation process is underway now; it should complete quickly.

BlackLab Installing

As soon as the installation is complete, it will ask you to reboot your system once.

Black Lab reboot

Login with the username and password your specified earlier during the installation.

BlackLab User Login

There you go, here is your Operating system  :)

Black Lab Desktop

Getting familiar with Black Lab Linux

Besides extremely lightweight, eye candy interface, let’s see what this XFCE Black Lab edition got. It has large number of applications for your daily use, accessories to make your desktop experience more pleasing.

Black Lab Linux Accesseries

It comes pre-installed with very valuable graphics and multimedia related apps. You can add more apps easily via package manager, but default ones should suffice for majority of users.

Black Lab Apps

“Internet” menu lets you connect with the whole world using Internet browsers, chat software, games, and other transmission applications.

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Black Lab Linux is all about power; it is a complete operating system and should work perfectly fine for all kind of Linux lovers. It is lightweight, boot time is pretty impressive, user interface is charming and working of the operating system is quick.  Try it out now, our verdict; you will not be disappointed.

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