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Also in today's open source roundup: Black Lab Linux 7.6 released, and the meaning of Bash on Microsoft's Windows operating system

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Black Lab Linux 7.6 released

Black Lab Linux is an Ubuntu-based distribution geared toward desktop users. Version 7.6 has been released, and you can download it now.

Marius Nestor reports for Softpedia:

Roberto J. Dohnert, CEO of Black Lab Software, informs Softpedia today, April 25, 2016, about the release and immediate availability for download of the Black Lab Linux 7.6 operating system.

Powered by Linux kernel 3.19.0–58, the same version that is available upstream in the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), on which the long-term supported Black Lab Linux 7.x series is based, and built around the lightweight Xfce 4.12 desktop environment, Black Lab Linux 7.6 is a maintenance build to keep the branch stable and reliable at all times.

Release highlights include the LibreOffice 5.1.2 office suite, Mozilla Firefox 45.0.2 web browser, Mozilla Thunderbird 38.6.0 email and news client, Gmusicbrowser music player, GNOME Documents document viewer and organizer, Tracker fast search engine, HexChat IRC client, Steam for Linux, Spotify client, and Skippy-XD Expose-style task switcher.

More at Softpedia

The meaning of Bash on Windows

Microsoft's recent moves to…er…embrace Linux have puzzled some observers while angering others. But what does the support of the Bash shell on Windows actually mean? One writer at Linux.com recently delved into the issue and had some interesting thoughts to share.

Swapnil Bhartiya reports for Linux.com:

Bash on Windows is Microsoft's solution to the problem and it aims to bring the entire Ubuntu userland, minus the Linux kernel to Windows. As a result, developers have access to the complete set of Ubuntu CLI tools and utilities. In layman's terms, it's akin to running Linux in Windows, natively.

Dustin Kirkland of Canonical explained to me in an email, "VMs and dual booting may well still have a place. But think about the way a Mac desktop user uses the command line… vi, grep, sed, awk, find, ssh – all at your fingertips in a native shell on Mac (or Linux). That's never really been a first class experience with a Windows desktop. Sure, you've always had Cygwin and virtual machines. But that's not the same as editing local files, on the local hard drive, etc."

The bottom line is that developers need tools that work natively, the same way they work on a Mac OS X or Linux desktop. As a Microsoft spokesperson told me, "We have built a new infrastructure within Windows – the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) – upon which we run a genuine Ubuntu user-mode image provided by Canonical, creators of Ubuntu Linux."

The clear benefit here is that Microsoft brings "native" Linux capabilities to Windows. Now developers don't need to make compromises like VM or Cygwin. Now developers get an uncompromised Linux experience on top of Windows. Because it's natively integrated, developers can work on the same file from either Windows tools or or Ubuntu tools.

More at Linux.com

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