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OS familyLinux (Unix-like)
Working stateCurrent
Initial release2010; 14 years ago (2010)
Latest release45.1 / June 22, 2024; 25 days ago (2024-06-22)
Package managerNone
Kernel typeMonolithic (Linux)
Official website4mlinux.com

4MLinux is a lightweight Linux distribution made for both the 32 bit and 64 bit architectures.[1][2] It is named "4MLinux" since it has 4 main components of the OS. Maintenance (it can be used a rescue Live CD), Multimedia (There is inbuilt support for almost every multimedia format), Miniserver (It comes with a 64-bit server is included running LAMP suite), and Mystery (Includes a collection of classic Linux games).[3] The distribution is developed in Poland, and was first released in 2010.[4] The distribution does not include a package manager, and uses JWM (Joe's Window Manager) as its default window manager. It also comes with Conky preinstalled.[5] When installing programs with the distribution, the distribution will retrieve the Windows version rather than the Linux version due to it coming pre-installed with Wine (A compatibility layer for Windows applications), and not having any package manager.[6] The distribution is geared towards people who prefer a lightweight distribution.[7] There is a version of the distribution called the "4MLinux Game Edition" which provides 90s games natively such as Doom, and Hexen.[8]

The distribution comes in two different version, 4MServer, and 4MLinux. 4MLinux requires 128 MB of RAM when installed to an HDD, and 1024 MB of RAM when being used as a live CD/USB. Whereas, 4MServer requires 256 MB of RAM when installed to an HDD, and 2048 MB of RAM when being used as a live CD/USB.[2]


  1. ^ DistroWatch. "DistroWatch.com: 4MLinux". distrowatch.com. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b "4MLinux - download". 4mlinux.com. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  3. ^ "4MLinux Revives Your Older Computer [Review] | It's FOSS". It's FOSS. 7 May 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  4. ^ "4MLinux Is So Lightweight It's Anemic | Reviews | LinuxInsider". www.linuxinsider.com. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  5. ^ "4MLinux: More Than Just Another Lightweight Distro". Linux.com | The source for Linux information. 29 June 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  6. ^ Bärwaldt, Erik. "Multifunctional » Linux Magazine". Linux Magazine. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  7. ^ Lynch, Jim. "Is Linux kernel design outdated?". InfoWorld. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  8. ^ Stahie, Silviu. "4MLinux Game Edition Lets You Play Natively Games like Doom or Hexen". softpedia. Retrieved 9 August 2018.