Black Lab Linux 8.1 - USB

Black Lab Linux is a 32 bit and 64 bit Linux based OS, that is geared towards the home user. It has all the applications home users will need for work, play and everything in between. With this system you can host the entire line of legacy games and applications through emulation as well as offer users a modern platform with which to handle modern gaming and provide features that users expect from a modern Operating System.
Includes Free Linux tutorial CD with each order.
Availability: In stock

Version 8.1 Release Date: February 20, 2017

NOTE: This distro comes on a USB Flash Drive. Please ensure that your system has USB 2.0 + ports before ordering. Black Lab will come on a name brand USB flash drive. We use Kingston and SanDisk USBs.

Black Lab Linux 8.1 is the latest release of our stable 8.x series of OS's.

Whats New

There are a lot of changes to Black Lab Linux 8 some of which include..

  • Web 3.18 (Rekonq for KDE users)
  • Geary 0.11.2
  • LibreOffice 5.2
  • Gimp 2.8.16
  • Dropbox
  • Google Drive Integration (GNOME 3.18 Only)
  • Ice SSB 5.2.1
  • Video Player
  • Music Player
  • Full UEFI support
  • exFAT support
  • Systemd support
  • Upstart Support (GNOME 3.18 Only)
  • GNOME Software Center (GNOME 3.18)
  • Plasma Software Discover center (KDE Plasma 5)

Security Features

  • Automount disabled by default
  • Industrial strength firewall
  • Gnome Disk Utiliy - offering the highest possible level of security on re-purposed / decommissioned drives.

System Requirements

  •     512MB RAM (1GB recommended).
  •     8GB of disk space required (15GB recommended).
  •     Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution.
  •     DVD drive or USB port.
  •    Keyboard and mouse
  •    Touch screen input

Important Notes

Black Lab Linux 64 bit can boot on either UEFI or BIOS devices (we recommend turning off secure-boot if not necessary)

Black Lab Linux 32 bit can boot only on BIOS devices

Some NVIDIA GeForce cards don't work well with the open-source driver provided by the Black Lab Linux kernel. If Black Lab Linux freezes during boot, use the "nomodeset" boot option in grub.

Some Virtual Machine setups will not allow boot into Live mode, if this occurs boot into the direct installer from the boot menu.


What does this system include?  It has a brand new interface designed to work with conventional keyboard and mouse input, as well as make it as comfortable as possible for users with touch screen input.  It also includes a whole host of applications that are geared towards the home user.

Steam Client
Chromium Web Browser
Thunderbird Mail Client
Audacious MP3 Player
Facebook Messenger
OpenShot Video Editor

And many more that can be downloaded from the Black Lab Linux Software Center.

Black Lab Linux 64 bit can be installed on all Commodore USA hardware which includes:

Commodore USA C64 (The original 8 bit Commodore 64 is not supported)
Commodore USA C64x
Commodore USA Amiga Mini

There is no upgrade method from Commodore OS, Black Lab Linux, a clean install is required.

More Information
Media TypeUSB
Disc TypeLive Disc
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