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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9
Fast boot time, Speedy Desktop and applications
Small user base
BLAG is very fast. Applications launch quickly; the system boots quickly; and applications seem quite responsive.
You can easily use synaptic to add just about any application that you would like. Still, this single-cd distribution features less bloated applications such as AbiWord and GNOME instead of the bloated KDE desktop.
BLAG is committed to software freedom. Thus, this distribution refuses to include any proprietary software. From my experience, this probably explains in part why Blag crashes less frequently than other versions of Linux. Still, you may easily add non-free software if you desire.
Of course, BLAG installs easily in about 15 minutes. Even my wife, who is the most computer illiterate person that I know, managed to independently install Blag during an emergency when I was not available to help her.
BLAG is a derivative of Fedora Core 5. Thus, you may use Fedora repositories to add applications to BLAG. Nevertheless, BLAG is faster and easier to use than Fedora. In addition, it seems to recognize hardware more easily than Fedora.
Despite BLAGS commitment to software freedom, you will still have a solid multimedia experience. BLAG can still handle virtually every file format with the notable expection of microsofts wmv files. Still, if you need to play these file types you can easily download the Codec.
If you like proprietary software and lots of eyecandy, then BLAG is probably not for you. If you preffer the convenience of multi-cd pack distributions because you have a slow dial up connection, then BLAG is not for you. Otherwise, give BLAG a try if you need speed and value software freedom.