If I did not pay for it and WAS ABLE TO FREELY DISTRIBUTE AND USE IT would this make it any different from BLAG?
As jebba lined out, that's far from being sufficient.
What is wrong with trying to "save money" anyway?
Uuuh can't answer this here. Maybe losing the point of freedom.
I would install blag were it not for the problem I first outlined so maybe I could get some advice rather than abuse.
Okay, that's the point. I think it really would be nice if some people would calm down a bit. We're just in a communication trap here.
Let's see it as lined out in the following:
techmoron would like to have BLAG on his box.
He currently has a broken OS (why should I care which one) on his box.
-> Just installing BLAG would mean loss of a considerable amount of data (I assume)
So here is my advice:
You can use a live CD, like dyne:bolic
or the BLAG liveCD
to save your data.
This will be quite comfortable if you have some external storing device to backup them to. If you don't have such, you hopefully got space on your hdd left (in best case as much as currently used). You can install BLAG beside the broken OS and copy over the data from there. Then you can wipe the space on your hdd containing the broken OS.
If you don't have enough space to install BLAG beside the other OS and copy/move all the files over to BLAG it will get quite painful. You will have to move as much files over to BLAG as possible, boot up with one of the live disks, resize partitions in order to make more space avaible for BLAG, move some files and resize again...
That's the best way to solve your problem from my point of view. I hope you haven't been scared away yet and are ready to ask further questions. But please don't ask for support on non-free OSes. Imagine to ask a veg(etari)an for help on butchering. It simply won't work. (-;