Where To Get 4MLinux
Connecting To The InternetThis section is usually quite short but for 4MLinux connecting to the internet was surprisingly challenging.
On the menu there is an internet category with a settings sub menu and 4 options:
- WPA Gui
The WiFiScan option simply lists the available WIFI networks.
WPA Gui is a graphical tool for setting up an internet connection and Connect runs a script to connect to the internet.
So here is the problem. I wanted to connect to a wireless network and so I chose WPA GUI. The only option shown is for ethernet. I therefore ran the configure option and chose to use WLAN (wireless).
This screen isn't the most intuitive you will ever see and it took a fair amount of trial and error to choose the correct authentication, encryption and key to get a valid connection.
Despite the connection being set up correctly, clicking on the connect option within WPA GUI didn't create an actual connection to the wireless network.
I therefore chose the Connect option from the internet settings menu and this finally gave me a connection.
I would like to say now though that this was not just an A to B to C to D to get it working. There was a lot of messing around before it worked. On subsequent reboots the connection remains intact and I can simply select the connect option from the internet settings menu or bottom panel.
Flash and MP3
MP3s worked without a hitch but Flash was an altogether different proposition and for reasons I will come to later a little bit on the strange side.
The web browser for 4MLinux is Qupzilla and this is a fairly basic web browser. There are options though for installing Firefox and Seamonkey. Here comes the bizarre bit. The Firefox link asks whether you want to install Firefox, but not the Linux version of Firefox. The installer installs the Windows version and uses WINE to run it and the installer asks if you want to install Flash which is also the Windows version. Even more bizarre is that the Seamonkey link also installs the Windows version.
- Links, QupZilla, FireFox (Windows Version), SeaMonkey (Windows Version) - Web Browser
- Thunderbird - Email Client (Windows version via WINE)
- XFE, Midnight Commander - File Manager
- GnuParted - Partitioning Tool
- PartWizard - GUI Partitioning Tool
- FDisk / CDisk - MBR Disk Management
- GDisk / CGDisk - GPT Disk Management
- TestDisk, PhotoRec, GnuDDRescue - Recovery
- ClamAV - Antivirus
- System Monitor
- InfraCode - CD/DVD Creator
- 7Zip, PeaZip - Archive Tool
- UNetbootin - USB Disk Creator
- QMMP, Xine (Audio Players)
- MPlayer, SMPlayer (Media Players)
- SMTube (YouTube Player)
- FFMPEG, Audacity - Audio File Editing
- ImageMagick - Image Editor
- Apache, SQLLite, VNC
- Snake, Tetris, Mines, Towers, Casino, GnuGo, NetToe, Chess - Console Games
- Rocks, Lin City, ZBlast, WinBoard, MahJongg, Koules, Galaga, Jump - XGames
- Eyes, Penguin - XToys
- BattleShips, Blubbels, CoorCode, FairSeaBattle, Hexalate, Peg-E-Game - QTGames
- TuxRacer, Circus, Kobo, LBreakout, LBreakout 2, LMarbles, LTetris, Doom, Heretic, Hexen, Quake, Quake 2, Fairdoom, Digger, Jump Man, Mario, PacMan, Wolf 3d - SDL Games
- WINE - Play Windows Software Within Linux
- LibreOffice Installer, Skype Installer, VirtualBox Installer, Java RE Installer