[LAU] Graduating from Ubuntu Studio

Justin Smith noisesmith at gmail.com
Fri Jun 13 15:31:51 EDT 2008

One possibility is removing the bloat from the ubuntu system. I have
an ubuntu computer where I never have a "desktop environment" running.
Windowmaker+rox-session is as user friendly as that machine gets (if I
am doing real-time audio, I switch that out for evilwm and some
xterms). The trick is customizing .xinitrc/.xsession for a low-fat
environment, and optionally renaming some files in /etc/rc2.d/ (for
every daemon that you want to shut off, rename S<number>name to
K<100-number>name, so S16ssh becomes K84ssh etc). Another option is
keeping runlevel 2 with the default services, and customizing
/etc/rc3.d/, and issuing "init 3" for times when real-time performance
is the main priority (ie. doing a show), and leaving the default
services otherwise.

Just because gnome is installed does not mean you need to have any
gnome applications running, ever.

On Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 12:04 PM, Christian Delahousse
<christian.delahousse at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey Guys,
> I started playing with Ubuntu Studio and Linux about a year ago and I now
> feel that I am passed the beginner level. I don't have an indepth knowledge
> of the command-line but I do know my way around, I have a good knowledge of
> the way things work and I've learned the software fairly well.
> Lately, Ubuntu Studio has been getting on my nerves with all the bloat. I
> just want a system for digital signal processing (ie. a computer version of
> a guitar pedal board) with the lowest latency possible and Ubuntu seems to
> be taking up alot of space and resources.
> So, I think I'm at the level where I can benefit from a stream lined, more
> "user-unfriendly" system.
> Firstly, do you guys think that a move away from Ubuntu Studio would be
> beneficial?
> Secondly, what would you guys suggest as a good alternative?
> I've heard good things about Studio64 and Debian... Any advantages with
> these?
> I'll be installing it on a AMD64 equipped laptop. I want the focus to be on
> realtime stuff but I might run a few WINE apps and maybe VSTs.
> Thanks
> -Chris
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