BLAG Review

So, I was bored and installed blag a few days ago, talked about it on my identica acount, mainly promising a review. Well I’ve finally gotten around to that after a few days. As a bit of background BLAG is the libre fedora, more or less, and I used the beta version, which is based on fedora 12 instead of the fedora 9 based stable. In nearly every respect BLAG is exactly like fedora, looks wise. I chalk that up to the release being beta so they didn’t have the chance to put in the normal uniquely blag look, seen here in a screenshot of BLAG90k(the last release):

Blag screenshot

(Picture from softpedia.com)

Your decision on whether it’s good or bad, I kind of like it. The system felt pretty fast, better than ubuntu/trisquel but still slower than my parabola install. It had a ton of software to pick from but there were quite a few nonfree programs installable (alienarena has nonfree art, for example.) As usual yum was slow, though I was told by a friend that this tends to be the repositories, not yum itself.  I liked the standard software it gave me, firefox for your browser, pidgin for im, you had the standard stuff but then some new ones, mainly in the internet section. It came preset with a microblog and a blogging client, for example. Basically BLAG is a cool distro if you’re not into debian/ubuntu based distros, but still want something easy to use. You do have to watch out for nonfree, like I said, but that’s probably going to be cleared up by the stable release.

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