4MLinux 36.0 Distro Introduces NBD Support, Improved exFAT Support, and New Apps

4MLinux 36.0

Zbigniew Konojacki announced today the release of 4MLinux 36.0 as a new version of his independently developed and lightweight GNU/Linux distribution using the Joe’s Window Manager (JWM).

About three months in development, 4MLinux 36.0 comes with up to date core components and applications. The distro sticks with the long-term supported Linux 5.4 kernel series, but bumps the version number to Linux 5.4.99 for an extra layer of hardware support and performance to the distro.

Among the new features, 4MLinux 36.0 introduces support for the NBD (network block device) protocol, which can be used to forward a block device from one computer to another, and improves support for the exFAT file system through the addition of the exfatprogs utility and the latest GParted release.

In addition, several new applications are present in this release, such as the GTkHash utility for calculating checksums, VeraCrypt popular encryption tool, as well as the UNetbootin utility used for creating live and bootable USB drives from ISO images.

Updated apps include the LibreOffice 7.1 office suite, Mozilla Firefox 87.0 and Chromium 88.0.4324.96 web browsers, Mozilla Thunderbird 78.9.0 email and news client, GIMP 2.10.22 image editor, AbiWord 3.0.4 word processor, Gnumeric 1.12.48 spreadsheet editor, Audacious 4.0.5 music player, as well as VLC 3.0.12 and MPV 0.32.0 video players.

4MLinux 36.0 ships with the Mesa 20.3.1 graphics stack for gaming and Wine 6.1 compatibility layer for running Windows apps. With this release, Adobe Flash Player is no longer support and all of its dependencies have been removed from the 4MLinux repositories.

The server edition, 4MServer, which lets you easily deploy a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MariaDB and PHP) server, has been updated as well in this release and it includes the Apache 2.4.46, MariaDB 10.5.8, PHP 7.4.15 and 5.6.40, Python 3.8.6 and 2.7.18, and Perl 5.32.0 components.

The 4MLinux 36.0 release is available for download right now using the links below as 4MLinux (full edition with all standard apps), 4MLinux Core (minimal edition that can also be used as a rescue system), and 4MServer (server-oriented edition). All editions are supported only on 64-bit computers.

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