4MLinux Game Edition 8.1 Beta Brings Back Hits from the Past

The latest version of this 4MLinux flavor can be downloaded from Softpedia

4MLinux Game Edition, a special Linux distribution based on Busybox, Dropbear, OpenSSH, and PuTTY, which also happens to feature a large number of games, old and new, has just reached version 8.1 Beta and is now available for testing.

The 4MLinux distributions are among the smallest ones in the world that still retain a working desktop environment and that are loaded with a ton of applications and games. In this case, the Gaming edition of 4MLinux is packed with many titles, most of which are running natively.

The distribution comes in the form of a Live version, but users can choose to install it after they booted into the system. Unfortunately, that will require some doing, but it's simple enough and anyone can eventually use it.

We recommend that you first test the Linux distribution in VMWare or Virtual Box before deciding to install it on your home computer. In that way you will know beforehand if you like it or if you don't, without having gone through the install procedure.

When you first boot 4MLinux you will be asked to define the user and the password. Make the choice and use those credentials to log in. You will notice that, even after you log in, you are still in a terminal. In the terminal write the following command:


The X session will start and you will be presented with the desktop. Look for the installer in the menu if you want to make this more permanent. You will only have to do this one time and not every time you log in.

“This is an updated version using 4MLinux 8.1 as the core system. The 4MLinux collection includes, among other things, the following items: classic ‘shoot'em up’ games (Abuse, Doom, Freedoom, Heretic, Hexen, Quake I, and Quake II), Liero (a realtime ‘Worms-like’ game), Lincity (a construction and management simulation game), space shooters (XGalaga, Kobo Deluxe), and DOSBox 0.74 with some Freeware DOS games. GNU Chess 6.1.1 with WinBoard 4.7.33, GNU Go 3.8, and Michael Speck's LGames are also available,” reads the official announcement.

4MLinux is actually a series of mini Linux distributions focusing on the following four Ms: Maintenance (system rescue Live CD), Multimedia (e.g. playing video DVDs), Miniserver (using the inetd daemon), and Mystery (a collection of Linux games).

Check the official announcement for more details about this distribution. You can also download 4MLinux Game Edition 8.1 Beta right now from Softpedia.

Remember that this is a development version and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.

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