4MLinux Media Edition, a special distribution with a wide set of multimedia tools and software, is now at version 8.2 Beta and comes with the latest tools and applications.
There are a lot flavors for 4MLinux, and the Media Edition is one of the most exciting and interesting, mostly because it packs a lot of very good applications dedicated to running all kinds of media files.
The 4MLinux distributions are known for their small size and it takes a lot of work to get all the pieces together in such a small package. A number of other apps can also be installed from the repositories.
The 4MLinux Media Edition developer chose to implement the bleeding edge for most of the applications. For playing videos, users will get MPlayer SVN-r36817 with SMPlayer and SMTube SVN-r6033, Qmmp 0.7.6, xine 1.2.5, TiMidity++ 2.14.0, and MikMod 3.3.6. For decoding and encoding media a number of packages have been implemented, such as Fmpeg Git-2014-02-09, FLAC 1.3.0, GStreamer 0.10.36, LAME 3.99.5, MAD 0.15.2b, MEncoder SVN-r36817, VorbisTools 1.4.0, and WavPack 4.70.0.
Also, Audacity 2.0.5 and SoX 14.4.1 can be used for recording, and the cdparanoia III 10.2, cdrkit 1.1.11, dvd+rw-tools 7.1, DVD Shrink 126.96.36.199, and xorriso 1.3.6 applications are available for ripping media from various supports.
Other apps included are XPaint 188.8.131.52, XPdf 3.03, Ghostscript 9.10, and a few others. Various image file formats can be edited with ImageMagick 6.8.8-10 and XPaint 184.108.40.206.
This is just the Beta version of this Linux distribution, but the development cycle is quite short and there is a good chance that the final version will arrive soon, if you decide to keep this OS installed.
The developer also provides 4MLinux Media Edition 8.2 Beta as a Live system, which means that you can easily run the OS without having to install it. All the apps mentioned above are available from the get-go and you won't have to download anything extra to use them to their full extent.
4MLinux is a mini Linux distribution 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).
Download 4MLinux Media Edition 8.2 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.