[LAU] Graduating from Ubuntu Studio

Hartmut Noack zettberlin at linuxuse.de
Sun Jun 15 07:19:41 EDT 2008

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Christian Delahousse schrieb:
> Hey Guys,

> So, I think I'm at the level where I can benefit from a stream lined, more
> "user-unfriendly" system.

Not in the sense, you (and many others) think it can. A different distro
is just a differnt distro - if it is "user unfriendly" or not doeas not
matter. Very "fat" distros like Suse can work just great for audio and
very "lean" like Dynebolic can fail you totally and vice versa.

It is 3 things that matter:

1.) a state of the art rt-kernel and fitting modules for your hardware
2.) state of the art audio software all based on jack
3.) properly setup and integration of 1.) and 2.)

integration also means, that desktop comfort software (like pulseaudio,
network-managing applets etc) steps back if audio needs to have its way.

Abandon GNOME, KDE you name it - it will not help anyway if
networkmanager still runs in background.

Simply put: you can install whatever you like and have hundreds of
packages in your system you do not really need and still have a good
lean audio-session running for software that is good and well configured
runs good in any environment and software that you do not start, does
not have any influence on this.
So much for the theory,

> 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?

in my experience it is like this:
Ubuntustudio does work OK on my 2 boxes and the laptop but for real
audio-work I use 64Studio. Why?
Because 64Studio works snappier and more stable running with KDE then
Ubuntustudio with Fluxbox. If I go to the limits like recording 4 new
tracks with 96KHz via FireWire in a session with 8 tracks running in
Ardour, 64Studio is the only recent distro that does such a job for 6-7
h sessions with musicians without making me look like the idiot-geek
sucker, that needs to restart his computer 3 times/h.

Suse11 is slightly better then Ubuntustudio but has other flaws and is
still not as rock-solid as 64Studio. JAD1.0 is silghtly better than
64studio in terms of performance but has no 64bit-flavour (yes, it
matters.) and is not the same as stable.

So in short: try to eliminate services in Ubuntustudio and look, if it
works for you or try 64Studio.

> 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.

If you want to run WINE-Stuff, I doubt, that you will get any kind of
measurable advantage by switching to a "leaner" environment. WINE ist
*definately NOT* build to be lean. So if you run a session with Ardour
having a dozen of LADSPA-plugins running and add just one VST you can
easily have your systemload doubled.

It is slightely different with JOST however...

good luck ;-)

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