4MLinux 10.1 / 11.0 Beta
It has been designed from the ground up to be used directly from a CD disc or USB flash drive. However, users can install the distribution to a local disk drive using the built-in installer from the live session.
Distributed as a dual-arch Live CD
This is the main and first edition of the 4MLinux (four M - Maintenance, Multimedia, Miniserver and Mystery). It’s distributed as a single Live CD ISO image of approximately 50MB in size. Supported architectures includes 32-bit (i386) and 64-bit (amd64).
Two boot modes are available, with default display settings or using the VESA framebuffer. We recommend using only the first one, but if your graphics card is not supported, then you really need to use the second option.
Unfortunately, the Live CD does not boot directly into the graphical environment, as it will first ask users to set up a password for the root (system administrator) account, which will be used to log into the live session.
From the shell prompt, you will need to type the “startx” command in order to enter the graphical desktop, which is comprised of a taskbar located on the bottom edge of the screen, a dock (application launcher) on the upper side of the screen, and a system monitoring widget on the desktop.
Default applications include the QupZilla web browser, PathFinder file browser, SMPlayer and MPlayer video players, SMTube YouTube browser, XPaint digital painting software, Clam AntiVirus virus scanner, GParted disk partitioning tool, as well as a handful of board games.
Another interesting feature is the ability to install the LibreOffice office suite, Oracle Virtualbox virtualization software, and the Java Runtime Environment (JRE).
Reviewed by Marius Nestor, last updated on December 11th, 2014
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- The main features in this release are maintenance (MBR and GPT partitioning software, data recovery and wiping, 4MLinux Backup Scripts 11.0, ClamAV 0.98.5), multimedia (MPlayer SVN-r37293, FFmpeg Git-2014-10-06), a mini server (FTP, HTTP, SSH with SFTP, Telnet), and mystery (a set of small games). The X Window System is based on X.Org Server 1.16.2, Mesa 10.3.5, JWM 2.2.2, and the FOX toolkit 1.6.50. Fully automatic installation of the "vanilla" versions of Dropbox 2.10.52, Firefox 34.0, Java RE 8u25, LibreOffice 4.3.5, VirtualBox 4.3.20, SeaMonkey 2.31, Skype 18.104.22.168, and Thunderbird 31.2.0 is also supported.
Application description4MLinux is an open source, free and minimalist Linux distribution, designed especially for users who want to create a ...