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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 1:47 am    Post subject: BLAG 70000 (sugarwater) Released Reply with quote


BLAG is a 100% Free Software distribution with all the tools you want from a desktop computer, plus more. It comes on a single CD, is easily installed, and user friendly. Power users have the resources of a repository that combines bits from Fedora, freshrpms, Dries, ATrpms, livna, Planet CCRMA, and our own special brews.

BLAG 70000 (sugarwater) is a new series with a new base (F7) and many new applications. It is released under the GNU GPL v3.

Featuring all of the applications below on JUST ONE CD. Burn copies and hand them out! It's got it all. Did I mention it's all on just one CD?

enabled with inkboard so you can collaboratively work on drawings with other users via the Internet using jabber!

Audio players
"listen", is a cool app that integrates playlists, album covers automatically, lyrics, wikipedia lookups, group playlists, everything. Audacious replaces xmms.

mplayer & xine
Two top-notch video players, plus mencoder to re-encode audio and video

DVD Ripping
Well, that's what it does. Thoggen! So easy to use, straight to theora format. For CDs, there's the venerable grip.

Edit soundfiles with a lean, easy to use, but powerful sound editor.

Handles jabber, AOL, MSN, IRC, ICQ, Yahoo, and other Instant messaging networks--all in one program. Includes encryption and "off the record" plugins for privacy.

The famous web browser, of course

Nice email client

Tune into streaming radio stations on the 'net! Plus with streamripper, you can record 'em.

Or instead of just listening, broadcast your own station with MuSE and icecast! Free music is even included.

Make VoIP (IAX2) phone calls and play with BLASTERISK.

Very cool Internet TV program. Download high-quality shows straight to your hard drive. Don't settle for little windows in a web browser! :)

Package/Application Management
Both yum and apt are available with pirut and synaptic GUIs. Download from our repo of over 9,000 free packages.

User friendly yet powerful, Gnome is the main desktop that BLAG is built upon. Fluxbox is on the CD too....

A few of those even....

Edit photos & images, put Bush's head on anything you want, have at it...

Bittorrent and a gnutella client, sitting right there on the CD waitin' for you.

Get blog or any other RSS feeds with liferea, gpodder for audio blogs, and gnome-blog for uploading your own blog posts.

Conveniently translate text or websites.

Document Layout
scribus for anything from pamphlets to long books!

Office slock
abiword a lightweight word processor, gnumeric lightweight yet powerful spread sheet, and glabels does its job so well.


Server bits
apache for webserving, vsftp ftp server, and postfix for SMTP. Openssh's server is included, along with a dhcpd server and xinetd.

CD has kernel- BLAG 70k is compatible with i686 (~Pentium II or greater) processors. BLAG disables SELinux by passing selinux=0 to the kernel boot line. :)

So freakin' much
And even more in the online repository. Thousands of more applications are available with a few clicks. No cost, yo.

Yes, all this is on one CD! 700 megs of Free Software.

Installation Instructions:

Put in the CD, hit enter at the boot: prompt, and answer the few questions. :)

Alternately, if you want to ERASE EVERTYHING on your hard drive and do an automated install, you can type:
at the boot: prompt of the initial screen of the CDROM. This makes installation fast and easy for computer labs, recycling centers, etc.

Upgrade Instructions:
Put in the CD and select "Upgrade" when prompted. After the install and you've rebooted into the upgraded system you can run this, if you are connected to the Internet, to grab updates to packages you may have installed that weren't on the CD:
apt-get update
apt-get --fix-broken install

Download here:

Our website:

Our forum:

Our wiki/documentation:

Mailing Lists: http://www.blagblagblag.org/mailinglist/

Bugzilla, for reporting issues:


irc.indymedia.org #blag


November 11th, 2007

Last edited by jebba on Tue Jul 15, 2008 5:07 pm; edited 1 time in total
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 3:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

whoops.. I just installed 69K.9003 when 70K was already out. Congrats on once again have the best Desktop OS available for personal computers.
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Another release of the best distro in the whole wide world!

Thanks Jebba!

using blag 50003 and using blag since 10k ;)
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice work jebba, stevo, and everyone else. Rock on!


PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

great stuff -and coming down the pipe in less than 15mins thanks to bittorrent!
PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for another awesomity!
PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 2:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heh heh I LIKE that word.


PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

random note: the cd image on the frontpage of http://www.blagblagblag.org still links to odd
PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

noldrin wrote:
random note: the cd image on the frontpage of http://www.blagblagblag.org still links to odd

Huh? Not for me.

PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems like there aren't any binary DVD images either in the bittorrent, FTP or HTTP. (Actually, at the moment I get a "550 bin/ls Resource temporarily unavailable" sort of message when I try to snoop around the FTP site, the ibiblio mirror doesn't appear to have the 70000 image, and the gatech mirror seems to be having an off-day, as well.)

I use a very heavily customized Blag (like tons of KDE), I understood that it was best to upgrade from the 2 binary DVD ISOs for a less painful experience.

I've got 2 50K boxen & even have a 30K install I'd like to update since they aren't getting security updates anymore (plus, I'd like to play around with features like ntfs-3g, compositing windows managers, Wine that actually works, etc, stuff that didn't really exist back in the 30k days). Should I wait for a DVD image, try upgrading with the CD or just blow away my root partition and go for a clean install?

PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jebba wrote:

Huh? Not for me.

I hit reload several times and it finally changed for me.

PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Praxis wrote:
[wtf is up with dvd]

I made DVD images of just the RPMs for a snapshot, but I don't have installable DVDs available. Basically the best way to upgrade is to do it via CD, then run:

apt-get update
apt-get -f install
apt-get dist-upgrade

That will upgrade all your non-CD stuff (such as KDE, openoffice, etc).


PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 12:24 pm    Post subject: Awesome distro Reply with quote

this is easily the easiest version to install of a linux distro i've ever tried. has almost everything you need righ there. thanks for including fluxbox on the cd too!!

thanks for all the hard work!!

PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like the Distrowatch announcement for 70k didn't mention liveBLAG. I bet that that would generate some interest. I see that other distros, like Zenwalk, have separate announcements for their standard version and the live version. If you all think it's ready, how about sending a message to distrowatch announcing the debut of liveBLAG 70K?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just installed BLAG on my MacBook Pro within Parallels. Not Free Software I know but just letting you know it works like a charm. No problems with drivers or anything. Bootcamp also works my friend told me. I had to select Solaris as the OS in Parallels but this is a Parallels problem well documented with the 2.6 kernel it seems.
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