[linux-audio-user] Attracting more Linux audio developers

Mike Taht mike.taht at gmail.com
Sat Dec 9 15:22:35 EST 2006

On 12/9/06, Ivica Ico Bukvic <ico at vt.edu> wrote:
> > bounty to persuade them. slowly, people are going to realize that
> > windows is a dead end. sometimes all you have to do is wait, and help
> <rant>
> Actually, realization will be a rather quick once Vista spreads and it
> turns
> out to be ridden with the same security issues XP had 5 years go. Now,
> average user may not care/understand this much (likely they will probably
> continue believing in the motto "reboot/crash a day keeps bugs at bay"),
> but
> for developers, it will be a no-brainer.

Actually, so far as audio is concerned, if Vista is incapable of low latency
operations I can see that pulling more developers to Linux and Mac.

But I don't know. All I do know is the gradual feature creep of XP
ultimately made it unusable for audio and midi apps in my case, and I made
the switch to Linux I guess about 2 years ago for this reason. It has mostly
been a frustrating exercise, but the last couple weeks have been very
promising, with the release of a std rt kernel from Ingo Molnar's yum
repository and beta releases of ardour2 of ever increasing quality.

And, as a substancial market for salable products (VST) already exists, it
would be my hope that somehow methods could be developed that would make VST
developers able to develop and sell easily into the Linux market.

OTOH, given that Linux market has actually shrunk over the past few years,
> and we are yet to return to the market cap of our micro-Renaissance of the
> 2000/1, the lack of the critical mass/paying customers will likely be a
> deterrent to the aforesaid migration from commercial developer
> perspective.

"Linux market has actually shrunk". Linux on the desktop seems to be
stagnating, sure, but everywhere else seems to remain in growth mode.

All that being said, Universities have and will continue to be bastions of
> Linux and if my recent meetings are any indication, at least as far as
> Virginia Tech is concerned, its adoption in education sector will continue
> to grow exponentially...
> </rant>
> Ico

Mike Taht
PostCards From the Bleeding Edge

"I'd like to live just long enough to be there when they cut off your head
and stick it on a pike as a warning to the next ten generations that some
favors come with too high a price. I would look up into your lifeless eyes
and wave, like this [smiles and waves his fingers at Morden]. Can you and
your associates arrange that for me, Mr. Morden?" - Vir
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