[linux-audio-user] Re: Linux/Protools

R Parker rtp405 at yahoo.com
Wed Dec 1 12:50:05 EST 2004

--- Brad Fuller <brad at sonaural.com> wrote:

> Kjetil Svalastog Matheussen wrote:
> >Mark Knecht:
> >  
> >
> >>BTW - I truly think that in the next 12-24 months
> Digi will release

> >
> >What digidesign should do, is to make their own
> specialized distribution
> >of linux to run protools with, and set up a list of
> recommended hardware. 
> >Then they would solve various hardware- and
> software-issues running
> >protools on a PC, and they would automatically give
> back a lot
> >to the linux-community thru work on the protools
> linux distribution and
> >getting a bounchelibounch of new audio linux users.

I'm not sure giving back is so automatic. Has Yamaha
music given anything back? 

I own two Yamaha 4416 HDR units that run Linux but
haven't noticed any contributions to Linux that are
credited to Yamaha. To be fair, I wouldn't know if
they have or haven't. I've never looked at a website
to see if Yamaha even says anything about Linux on
these units. I assume these are Linux machines because
Tux pops up during the boot and I was told by someone
that knows the Yamaha developers that the 4416 runs

Wasn't there an announcement a year ago about Yamaha
investing five millionish U.S. dollars into embedded
linux? Maybe I just answered my own question. :)


> That's what I would do -- have to do -- if the
> decision was to offer a 
> product based on linux. But, again, they would have
> to plan out a 
> strategy of how this product would be 
> created/marketed/delivered/supported/etc in the
> marketplace. As it is, 
> they don't support an OS today, they just use two
> that someone else 
> creates/markets/supports/etc. The OS maker has the
> enormous cost burden. 
> This could be a significant burden that they
> otherwise just don't need 
> at the moment.
> On the flip-side, if they look at their overall
> costs, it might just 
> prove cheaper if they roll-their-own exclusively.
> Today, they may spend 
> a bunch on adapting their products to each new
> release of an OS (well, 
> we know by history that they don't adapt too
> quickly.) They are 
> dependent on others (MS and Apple) and maybe that,
> when you look at it 
> holistically (what new features or product releases
> have the missed 
> because of this external dependency? -- thus lost
> dollars), costs them 
> more than adapting their own OS.
> brad

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