[LAD] OT: Bitwig beta for Linux reviewed

Dominique Michel dominique.michel at vtxnet.ch
Sun Mar 10 14:00:05 UTC 2013

Le Sun, 10 Mar 2013 12:56:39 +0100,
Ralf Mardorf <ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net> a écrit :

> On Sun, 2013-03-10 at 12:35 +0100, Dominique Michel wrote:
> > Le Sat, 09 Mar 2013 11:23:39 +0100,
> > Ralf Mardorf <ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net> a écrit :
> > 
> > > As an Ubuntu and Arch user, I'm also very sceptic about the idea
> > > to provide Ubuntu packages or an USB stick solution only. On
> > > Ubuntu Studio lists all kinds of rumors about Ubuntu's future are
> > > discussed. At the moment the situation for Ubuntu already is
> > > borderline.
> > > 
> > > Regards,
> > > Ralf
> > 
> > And what about a gentoo package ?
> Dominique, this would be good. I'm not using it myself, but Gentoo is
> a good alternative to Ubuntu. I guess Gentoo is similar as Arch. I
> haven't seen that they provide or will provide a Gentoo source.

It is enough if they provide a source tarball. Beside the sources, all
that gentoo need is a script called ebuild. This ebuild is used by
portage to download, decompress and compile the sources, as well
than to install the program. I guess than, like with most proprietary
software, we will never get the sources... Unfortunately, software like
the ati and nvidia drivers are exceptions, not the rule, with
proprietary software.

Using gentoo was, for me, the result of many years with GNU/Linux. I
try/used many other distributions, and if they are easier to install,
a gentoo successful install will work and will be definitely easier
to manage on the long run, especially when, like many of us, I am using
multiple repositories (overlays for gentoo).

That said, I never try arch. What I know is that arch do have an
outstanding wiki.

The main gentoo disadvantage is that compiling every thing can be very
stressing for the hardware. You will need good quality hdd and RAM on
the long run. Also, using a rt kernel with portage is not recommended,
this can lead to very strange bugs. This is why I am using the
gentoo-sources kernel with rt enabled trough cgroups. An alternative is
to use one kernel with portage and the rt kernel for audio work.


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