Release Digest: Distributions, November 11, 2003
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Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
[ Thanks to Brixton
Linux Action Group for this link. ]
BLAG Linux And GNU by the Brixton Linux Action Group http://www.blagblagblag.org
BLAG is an operating system. It comes with everything you need
to get a computer up and running--it needs no other software.
It has Internet, graphics, video, sound, office, security, file
sharing, and more applications. It's fast, reliable, runs on older
machines, and flies on fast boxes.
It can be installed on any x86 computer (e.g. what windoz
usually runs on). It can be the only installation on the computer
or you can "dual-boot" and have BLAG with another operating
BLAG is based on RedHat and software collected on the Internet.
It includes 200 additional packages not included in RedHat. It is
also much leaner than RedHat--BLAG only needs one CD. It is meant
BLAG9000 is eagerly awaiting to be downloaded. Grab it at one of
BLAG9000 is a significant leap from 8001.
A bit of the New
Synaptic and apt. BLAG can be upgraded via the Internet with a
GUI. Simply hit Update List->Dist Upgrade->Execute and your
system will get all the latest updates, with dependencies all
figured out for you.
Automajick installs. Four categories: miniblag, deskblag,
serverblag, and blagblagblag allow you to install the distro
without having to answer anyquestions or configure
anything. Hit F6 at boot: for more details. It will auto-wipe your
miniblag is the smallest install at less than 350 Megs
deskblag installs a Gnome desktop with all the typical apps
serverblag installs all the server daemons but no GUI
blagblagblag installs everything on the CD
BLAG has completely new look
bittorrent - a peer-to-peer filesharing system meant to help
quickly distribute large files efficiently. In BLAG bittorrent is
configured as a Mozilla or Galeon plugin.
gtkpod, if you happen to be lucky enough to have an iPod
New installer help text
Streamtuner, tune to mp3 radio stations--it\'s great...
alsa drivers for folks that have more demanding sound
perl-Video-DVDRip nice GUI for ripping/encoding DVDs
Updated BLAG Apps
mplayer, now with 157 video and 61 audio codecs. It can play
dang near everything. Now with embedded video in your web
Mozilla version 1.5
Filesharing apps all updated: lmule, lopster, gtk-gnutella
audacity now brings Linux decent audio editing tools
MuSE, which streams to icecast servers
scribus 1.0.1 Desktop Publishing
pfaedit for font editing
sodipodi vector graphics (think Adobe illustrator)
gimp & cinepaint
Developers can install BLAG packages on top of RedHat or get the
BLAG DVD, which is rumoured to be around somewhere... The DVD has
all RedHat, all BLAG, all developer tools, all source, etc. It's
more crufty, but hey, it's for developers. :)