[linux-audio-user] Note typesetting for Linux

Them idragosani at chapelperilous.net
Fri Jul 9 10:05:32 EDT 2004

Michal Seta wrote:

> I'm sorry but I don't think Finale or any clone of it should exist in
>  linux.  It became a de facto standard because it used to be the only
>  decent quality consummer desktop music publishing app.  Just because
>  most of linux users/developers come from Windows background does not
>  mean we should all go for the same kinds of solutions.  A lot of
> them are bad.  I understand that users have certain work habits so
> some middle ground needs be found... sometimes.

LilyPond lends itself quite well to being the backend for a more user 
friendly interface, much like LaTeX does (i.e., LyX).  The idea behind 
LyX is that the writer can focus on her content rather than having to 
deal with formatting, layout, etc (which LaTeX does very well), and LyX 
hides some of the 'housekeeping' stuff you need to know to use LaTeX or 
TeX directly.

Having something like LyX for LilyPond would be a great idea... and in 
fact, Rosegarden provides a lot of this.  It's not perfect (but neither 
is Finale -- it's pissed me off royally a few times), but in just a 
couple of years it has come a long way since that ancient Athena widget 
version.  I think we should focus more on what's already being developed 
and helping that along rather than starting up yet another project.

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