4MLinux Media Edition, a special distribution with a wide set of multimedia tools and software, is now at version 8.1 Beta.
There are a lot flavors for 4MLinux and the Media Edition is one of the most exciting and interesting, mostly because it packs a lot of very good applications dedicated to running all kinds of media files.
The 4MLinux Media Edition developer chose to implement the bleeding edge for most of the applications, such as MPlayer SVN-r36573 with SMPlayer and SMTube SVN-r5993. The decoding and encoding is done with FFmpeg Git-2014-01-11, FLAC 1.3.0, GStreamer 0.10.36, LAME 3.99.5, MAD 0.15.2b, and more.
Recording audio is also quite easy, especially with Audacity 2.0.5 and SoX 14.4.1. The latter app has been described as the Swiss Army knife of sound processing.
Other applications included are cdparanoia III 10.2, cdrkit 1.1.11, dvd+rw-tools 7.1, DVD Shrink 18.104.22.168, xorriso 1.3.4, XPaint 22.214.171.124, XPdf 3.03, Ghostscript 9.10, and a few others.
4MLinux is a mini Linux distribution focusing on the following four Ms: Maintenance (system rescue Live CD), Multimedia (e.g. playing video DVDs), Miniserver (using the inetd daemon), and Mystery (a collection of Linux games).
Download 4MLinux Media Edition 8.1 Beta right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a development version and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.i