Linux News Today: Black Lab Software Announces Black Lab Cloudbook PC as a Chromebook Replacement
Today, May 10, 2016, Black Lab Software’s CEO Roberto J. Dohnert informs Softpedia about the availability of the Black Lab NetOS operating system and corresponding Black Lab Cloudbook hardware.
Black Lab NetOS is the company’s brand-new cloud-oriented, Web-centric Linux kernel-based operating system, which Black Lab Software considers is the perfect ChromeOS replacement. In the same manner, the Black Lab Cloudbook computer comes as an alternative to Chromebooks.
Black Lab Software’s NetOS operating system is based on Ubuntu Linux, but it differs from the main Black Lab Linux distribution in the way that it only uses cloud applications, just like Google’s ChromeOS. However, users will also have direct access to the main Ubuntu software repositories to install any of the available packages.
“Unlike ChromeOS, any and all applications from the Ubuntu repositories are readily available and installable locally on your system, LibreOffice, The GIMP, Steam, Banshee, Geany, Eclipse, Android SDK,” said Roberto J. Dohnert. “NetOS can be installed on a wide range of representative 64-bit consumer PCs (Dell, HP, Lenovo) as well as a Chromebook if you’re inclined to free yourself from its limitations.”
What’s inside Black Lab NetOS
The Black Lab NetOS operating system is built around the Xfce 4.12 desktop environment and includes popular applications like VLC Media Player, Google Chrome, and Skype, along with numerous Web Apps, such as Twitter, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Netflix, Hulu, Outlook, Microsoft Office Online, or Slack.com.
As expected, users will also have direct access to most, if not all, of Google’s online services, such as Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Photos, Google Hangouts, Gmail, and Google Play Music. The Black Lab NetOS operating system can be managed through the Chrome Management Console.
Technical specifications of Black Lab Cloudbook
While Black Lab NetOS is a free operating system for anyone to download and install on their personal computers, those of you who are interested in Black Lab Software’s brand-new Black Lab Cloudbook computer should know that it is an optimized Acer laptop designed with the cloud in mind.
Technical specifications of Black Lab Cloudbook include an Intel Celeron N3050 processor running at 1.6 GHz, 2GB DDR3L RAM, 32GB SSD, 11.6-inch HD display, Intel HD graphics, and a battery that should last at least 8 hours. The notebook comes in Black and Electric Blue colors, and has a price tag of $250 USD.