[linux-audio-user] Newbie questions for live gigging

Mark Knecht mknecht at controlnet.com
Fri Apr 23 13:06:07 EDT 2004

Paul Winkler wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 23, 2004 at 12:35:52PM +0200, Robert Jonsson wrote:
>>I think a list of distros that aim for multimedia would looks something like 
>>- Mandrake (especially with Thac's rpms, rpm.nyvalls.se, very fresh)
>>- Suse (a lot of stuff is included in the main distro, including lowlatency 
>>patched kernels)
>>- Redhat/Fedora + CCRMA (Looks good and diverse, CCRMA is where all the good 
>>stuff is)
>>- Agnula (should be a big name, multimedia is what confirms their existence, I 
>>know too little though)
>>- Dynebolic ( live-cd based, don't know much about it)
> I'd add gentoo to that list. Most of what I want can be installed
> simply by doing emerge name-of-app.
> Occasionally when I want to live on the bleeding edge and install
> a more recent version than they have available, of e.g. jack or alsa,
> I use emerge's "inject" feature to tell the package system that
> I've installed it myself so don't mess with it :-)
> This way I can still emerge apps that depend on jack even though
> I've installed it myself from source.
> Sure does take a long time to install, though :-)

    I agree that Gentoo can do most of this, but I wonder if it's the 
right distro for a newbie? emerge is really a great environment with 
huge amounts of support. I love it, but I wonder if a person new to 
Linux would be successful getting through the install process?

- Mark

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