- Mini Server
How To Get 4M Linux
How To Install 4M Linux
Booting Into 4M Linux
Connecting To The Internet
On the settings menu there are a number of options for connecting to the internet including WiCD which is a graphical tool and a command line menu which helps to set up the internet using WPA_Supplicant.
Unfortunately despite trying on 3 computers with different wireless cards and trying with a number of different wireless networks I could not get a connection.
The fact that I can see the names of the networks via the menu is encouraging but the upshot is I get a "failed to get lease" error continuously.
Without an internet connection I decided to continue the rest of this review via a Virtualbox virtual machine so that I could piggy back off the internet connection from the host operating system.
- Misc Tools
The backups produces another script which allows you to backup your files to USB, FTP or CD/DVD. The recovery is a similar script.
The wiping section provides a list of partitioning and imaging tools.
The files menu contains tools such as midnight commander which is a command line file manager and PCManFM which is a GUI file manager.
The CD menu provides disk burning tools and the Partitioning menu provides partitioning tools such as GParted.
The monitoring section has tools such as htop which provides a list of processes.
Finally there is the misc tools menu which has the Clam Antivirus option, UNetbootin and GRUB.
The Multimedia section is probably the best part about 4M Linux. You can watch videos using the lightweight but functional MPlayer GUI.
It has a nice video playing interface with play, pause, fast forward and rewind buttons and a decent menu system for selecting the files you want to play in the first place.
The audio player is GNOME MPlayer.
This is a bare bones audio player. You can select a single file or a folder of files to play.
There is another script available which lets you choose whether to play an audio CD or local files etc. This essentially loads midnight commander which is a file manager and you pick the songs from there.
The ability to play MP3 audio works without having to install extra codecs and Asunder is installed so you can convert audio CDs to MP3. There are some other smaller tools for creating MKV files from videos and WAV files from audio.
For viewing images there is a program called GPicView. Again we are talking barebones sort of applications but it works.
Imagemagick is also installed for image editing.
Finally for the multimedia section there is the Youtube Downloader. When you click the menu option it says you need Python which is included on the installation CD. Strange why you would install something that has a dependency on something else and not install the dependency.
The mystery section basically means games. There are terminal based games such as Tetris, Snakes, Mines and Towers.
Tetris actually plays quite well:
There is an XGames section which includes Galaga. This is a command line version of Galaga which is ultimately a Space Invaders type clone.
Other games included in the mystery section are Sudoku and Quake.
The main focus however has to be on Quake and Doom which have their own section within the Mystery menu.
4M Linux also has WINE and DOSBox installed with a number of emulated Windows and DOS games available.
Rather bizarrely whilst downloading Firefox the 4M script also chooses to download and install Flash. Whilst users might like Flash to be installed I do feel that this should be provided as an option as opposed to forcing it as part of the installation.
Installing Other Software
- Why can I not get a wireless network connection?
- Why after installing 4M Linux does it boot to a command prompt and not a GUI?
- Why have applications installed that are dependent on other applications which aren't installed?