Based on the long-term supported Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is now powered by Linux kernel 4.4.0-45.66, the same version used upstream, which is patched against the nasty “Dirty COW” bug that could have allowed a local attacker to gain administrative privileges.
Now that Canonical is offering kernel live patch services for its Ubuntu 16.04 LTS release, Black Lab Linux developers also implemented the well-known Kspice tool for offering users rebootless kernel installs. Additionally, Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8 SP1 adds full UEFI support and the ability to install Snap packages.
Also new in the Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8 Service Pack 1 update are recent software versions, such as the LibreOffice 5.2 office suite and Mozilla Firefox 49.0.1 web browser. The KDE Plasma 5.5 desktop environment is used, and popular apps like Mozilla Thunderbird, Inkscape, Skype, GIMP, and Webmin have been added or updated.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht