Paul Davis paul at linuxaudiosystems.com
Fri Sep 23 14:06:51 UTC 2016

On Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 6:00 AM, Patrick Shirkey <pshirkey at boosthardware.com
> wrote:

> I suppose that their marketing department has decided that Linux
> Developers/Users don't represent a big enough share of the market to
> justify committing more resources to the platform.

You have no idea what their marketing department has decided. Admit it.

> However JACK also runs on the other two main platforms so what is their
> rational behind completely ignoring it altogether while committing
> resources to creating a competing API?

How many times is it necessary for someone to explain that JACK and AL are
NOT competing APIs ?

> Keep in mind that they have explicitly stated that Ableton Live will NEVER
> run on Linux. It seems a bit hypocritical to me that highly regarded
> people from this community are proposing to add support for the new
> protocol and at the same time questioning why there is (still) antagonism
> towards Ableton.

I have no idea what statement you are referring to, but if I was to guess
it might be when Gerhard Behles, one of the company's (and software's)
founders was at LAC in Berlin in 2007. Which means basically before Android
took over the world and Chromebooks and ...

If so, this is a statement that is getting on for a decade of aging, and it
is absurd to view this as policy. You have absolutely no idea what Ableton
is and is not doing with Linux, or what its policies (if there are indeed
any) toward Linux are. I suggest you regard that statement as a bit of
off-its-time sensible marketing wisdom from nearly a decade ago, and move

> Other proprietary companies have no problems releasing their software to
> run on Linux.

And many others are NOT.  So what would that mean? (that's a rhetorical
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