BLAG Linux and GNU

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Blag Desktop.png
DeveloperBrixton Linux Action Group
OS familyLinux (Unix-like)
Working stateDiscontinued[1]
Initial release2002; 21 years ago (2002)
Latest release140000 / May 4, 2011; 11 years ago (2011-05-04)
Latest preview240000
Update methodrolling release
Package managerdnf
Kernel typeMonolithic (Linux-libre)
user interface
GNOME (was planned to have switched to MATE upon release of BLAG 240000)

BLAG Linux and GNU is a discontinued Linux distribution made by the Brixton Linux Action Group.[2]

BLAG is a discontinued, single-CD distro with applications desktop users "expect" from a desktop including multimedia, graphics, desktop internet applications and more. BLAG also included a collection of server packages. BLAG was based on Fedora plus updates, adds apps from Dag, Dries, Freshrpms, NewRPMS, and includes custom packages.[3][4]

BLAG was one of the few operating systems listed as a completely free software distribution by the Free Software Foundation.[5]


The first public release of BLAG was 22 October 2002. The latest stable release, BLAG 140k, was based on Fedora 14, and was released on 4 May 2011. In October 2014 Blag 200000 was released in alpha form.[6]

Planning for BLAG 240000 commenced in January 2016 but it was never released.[7]

The script used in BLAG for cleaning the kernel from non-free blobs shipped in it by default was used as a base for the Linux-libre set of scripts.[8]

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  1. ^ "Free GNU/Linux distributions". Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  2. ^ "Fedora-based single-CD distro goes gold". eWeek. Ziff Davis Enterprise Holdings Inc. 2006-07-14. Archived from the original on 4 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-10.
  3. ^ Magic Banan (2008-05-26). "Interview with Jeff Moe: BLAG, linux-libre and More". Archived from the original on 27 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-10.
  4. ^ "BLAG updates its Fedora-based distro". Ziff Davis Enterprise Holdings Inc. 2006-10-05. Archived from the original on 5 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-14.
  5. ^ "Free GNU/Linux distributions". Free Software Foundation, Inc. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  6. ^ DistroWatch. "Development Release: BLAG Linux And GNU 200000 Alpha ( News)". Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  7. ^ "BLAG". Archived from the original on 6 November 2018. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  8. ^ Bruce Byfield (2008-08-01). "Linux-libre project meets rocky reception". SourceForge, Inc. Archived from the original on 2008-08-05. Retrieved 2008-08-19.

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