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August 9, 2006 | 5:49 am

I am trying to get some audio programs running on a linux system, and I am having nothing but trouble. I was wondering if there were any of you out there who are using linux for audio, and if so what distrobution?
Thank you,
Jacob


August 9, 2006 | 8:37 am

Hi Jacob,

Ubuntu and related hacks (UbuntuStudio, also see O’Reilly Ubuntu
Hacks) seems a good choice for the Linux beginner and audio user,
since it is extremely easy to set up and use.

However, there are some problems with it in terms of setting up low-
latency kernels, etc. It depends on what audio programs you need. If
you just need sequencing and editing, then you’re probably ok with
that. If not, keep reading.

I’ve run Debian for years for programs like Puredata, snd, Audacity,
CSound, etc. Ubuntu is partly based on GNU/Linux (as is Debian).

Then, there are the tailored distributions (to audio and music, I
mean). Check out CCRMA’s work (just google CCRMA linux and music) and
AGNULA. These are complete distros with just about every audio
program you’re likely to need, and include good audio-focused kernels.

Cheers,

David

On 9 Aug 2006, at 06:49, Jacob Hartzell wrote:

>
> I am trying to get some audio programs running on a linux system,
> and I am having nothing but trouble. I was wondering if there were
> any of you out there who are using linux for audio, and if so what
> distrobution?
> Thank you,
> Jacob


August 9, 2006 | 1:43 pm

check out planet ccrma! from stanford,
http://ccrma.stanford.edu/planetccrma/software/
maintained by fernando lopez-lezcano.
if you follow instructions on their site you should be able to get
past most hurdles (though the how-to pages are a little out of date,
i think.)
i’ve been running their distro for several kernel iterations,
presently happily using Fedora Core 5 on a little 1.13ghz PIII laptop.
some of the less do-it-yourself distros work *pretty* well with
audio, like suse 10.1. demudi/agnula also works well.
which apps are you having problems with, or is it setup in general?

On Aug 9, 2006, at 7:49 AM, Jacob Hartzell wrote:

>
> I am trying to get some audio programs running on a linux system,
> and I am having nothing but trouble. I was wondering if there were
> any of you out there who are using linux for audio, and if so what
> distrobution?
> Thank you,
> Jacob

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August 9, 2006 | 3:22 pm


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