4MLinux Media Edition 10.1
Distributed as a dual-arch Live CD
It is available for download as a single Live CD ISO image that can be easily burned to a blank CD disc or deployed onto a USB flash drive. Both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures are supported at this time.
The boot menu presents two options, one that allows users to boot the live environment with default settings and another one that can be used only if the first option doesn’t work for you, through the VESA framebuffer.
Immediately after booting the live medium, users will be dropped to a shell prompt (command-line interface) where they will be asked to input a password for the root (system administrator) account, which will be used in the next step to login into the system.
Once logged in, users must type the startx command to start the X11 Window Manager and the graphical environment, which is comprised of a dock (application launcher) on the upper part of the screen and a taskbar on the bottom edge of the screen.
Among the preinstalled multimedia apps, we can mention SMPlayer video player (backed by MPlayer SVN-r36573), SMTube, Qmmp, xine, TiMidity++, MikMod, FFmpeg, FLAC, GStreamer, LAME, MAD, MEncoder, VorbisTools, WavPack, Audacity, SoX, cdparanoia, cdrkit, dvd+rw-tools, DVD Shrink, and xorriso. Default applications include the Mozilla Firefox web browser, Ghostscript, XPdf PDF viewer, X File Explorer file manager, XPaint paint tool, and many others.
4MLinux Media Edition looks almost identical with any other 4MLinux flavor. The only difference is the multitude of multimedia applications and utilities, especially the out-of-the-box support for most audio and video formats. Considering the fact that it is a very small Linux distribution, one should use it as a portable multimedia environment.
Reviewed by Marius Nestor, last updated on November 28th, 2014
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- Lots of changes, which are my response to various feature requests: Qupzilla has now Flash Player support enabled out of the box, Mozilla software (Firefox, SeaMonkey, Thunderbird) use the native Linux build of GTK (not via Wine anymore), and Dropbox is now available as a downloadable extension.
Application description4MLinux Media Edition is a free and minimalistic Linux operating system that contains all sorts of multimedia utilitie...