[LAU] A year of Linux Audio revisited - would like to know your oppinion

Robert Persson ireneshusband at gmail.com
Thu Dec 13 01:10:14 EST 2007

On 12/12/2007, Paul Davis <paul at linuxaudiosystems.com> wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-12-12 at 12:49 +0100, Pieter Palmers wrote:
> > The only project that seems to be able to break this circle is Ardour.
> Lets give some props to Rosegarden here. Chris and the rest of the RG
> gang have followed a totally different path in every sense, yet RG seems
> to be developing quite well and meeting its design goals pretty well.
> They didn't do it with any dotcom funds or other "independent wealth" -
> just hard work and devotion. Even so, yes, RG is probably moving a
> little less slowly than Ardour and is probably (though not certainly)
> receiving less attention from the industry. Its still a great project
> and it should not be overlooked when discussing "success stories".
It has just occurred to me that the fact that my seven-year-old is able to
work with Rosegarden, albeit in a very limited and elementary way, is really
quite significant. I can't imagine him getting very far with Ardour or
Cubase. Rosegarden is indeed a very promising educational tool and maybe
this is the key to securing funding for the project. You may have read
recently how the Republic of Macedonia is in the process of making Linux
desktops available to all its school students. It shouldn't be too hard to
imagine an education ministry somewhere, or perhaps an educational charity
of some sort, looking for affordable ways to teach music, which is badly
neglected in so many school systems.

Would it be feasible to get Rosegarden working with CoreMidi? Or does the
imminent arrival of jackmidi make that a non-problem? Now that the KDE
libraries seem to be working well in Cocoa, would there be much else to stop
Rosegarden working on a Mac? I'm thinking about all the eMacs and MacBooks
my local school board has purchased in recent years. It has bought them in
order that even the most technophobic elementary school teachers should be
able to do what they need to do without having to take painkillers.
Rosegarden is easier to learn than other DAW-type applications. Therefore it
has a better chance than those other applications of appealing to overworked
music teachers in schools.


Robert Persson
ireneshusband at gmail.com
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