4MLinux Server Edition 10.0 / 10.1 Beta
It features a plethora of server-oriented programs that can be used to transform it into a capable and reliable FTP, SFTP, HTTP or SSH server. In addition, the distribution includes various applications to test these servers.
Distributed as a dual-arch Live CD
Just like any other 4MLinux edition, this server flavor is distributed as a single, dual-arch ISO image that can be deployed to a USB flash drive with the UNetbootin application, or written to a blank CD disc with any CD/DVD burning software.
The boot medium comes with a pretty basic boot prompt, which only allows users to start the live environment with default settings, or with VESA framebuffer (in case the first option does not recognises your graphics card).
Includes several servers and supports various programming languages
As mentioned, this edition is distributed with several servers, which are controlled by the inetd daemon. These include vsftpd for deploying a FTP server, Busybox for HTTP and HTTPS servers, OpenSSH for SSH and SFTP servers, as well as telnet for a Telnet server.
In addition, the distribution includes supports for several programming languages, including Perl and the thttpd build of PHP, with support for cURL. SQLite and MariaDB (with Adminer) databases are also pre-installed.
Among other components, we can mention the 4MLinux Firewall, which is based on iptables, Clam AntiVirus virus scanner, Polipo proxy server, Tor anonymity network server/client, x11vnc VNC server (with EchoVNC), and rsync file/directory synchronizer.
The 4MLinux Server Edition tries to offer a reliable server operating system that can be used as-is, directly from the Live CD, or installed on a local disk drive. Unfortunately, we can’t recommend it for general use, in real-world scenarios where the need for an ultra stable and powerful server is a must.
Reviewed by Marius Nestor, last updated on November 12th, 2014
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- The servers controlled by the inetd daemon are now: FTP (vsftpd 3.0.2), HTTP/HTTPS (Busybox 1.22.1 with Stunnel 5.07), SSH/SFTP (OpenSSH 6.6p1), and telnet. The programming environment includes the Apache 2.4.10 build of PHP 5.6.2 (with cURL 7.38.0 support), Perl 5.20.1, and DBMS (SQLite 18.104.22.168, MariaDB 10.0.14 with Adminer 4.1.0). The main security components are 4MLinux Firewall 10.1 (based on iptables 1.4.21) and Clam AntiVirus 0.98.4. A proxy/anonymity software (Polipo 1.1.1 with Tor 0.2.5.10 and JAP/JonDo 00.19.001), a VNC server (via LibVNCServer 0.9.10 with EchoVNC 2.40a), and rsync 3.1.1 are also available. There's an online demo at http://server.4mlinux.com.
Application description4MLinux Server Edition is an open source Linux distribution that provides users with a minimalistic server operating s...