[LAU] [Re: Success! An Asus EEE softsynth!]

Ken Restivo ken at restivo.org
Tue Feb 3 14:05:09 EST 2009

My disk image wouldn't be too useful; I've got it customized for me and it's missing things that other people probably want (like GNOME and KDE).

What might be more useful-- and easier-- is if I were to give you the Debian package of my patched kernel, which I'd definitely be willing to post, no torrent required (it's not that big), along with packages of my pre-built modules.

If you want an EEE softsynth in a hurry, the coarse HOWTO is:
	- Install Debian-EEE (http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEeePC/HowTo/Install)
	- Set it up the way YOU want (install packages you like/want/need)
	- Download my compiled RT kernel and pre-built Ethernet/Wifi modules
	- ???
	- Profit!

If you feel like hosting it, I can send you the packages you'd need to make available to help others turn EEE's into Linux softsynths too.

The Right Way to do this would be to set up a Debian Repository (http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/repository-howto/repository-howto.en.html). Then, users would just need to add a line to their /etc/apt/sources.list, do an apt-get update, and install a few packages. You're welcome to do that if you like; I'll send you all the packages I make, so they can be shared with others.

On Tue, Feb 03, 2009 at 02:40:34AM -0800, Justin Smith wrote:
> Hi.
> I have an eeepc.
> Would you have any interest in providing a torrent or regular download
> of a disk image of your running system? (minus your home directory and
> any incriminating details in /etc of course). I don't think it would
> be a huge amount of work on your part, and it would save me and many
> other people with eeepcs a huge amount of work (the extent of which
> you should be well aware of since you just went through it).
> If you made a torrent I would promise to leave it continuously seeding
> for a long time.
> Maybe it would be more complicated to do this than I am imagining, so
> second best would be a nice detailed howto with all the downloads and
> hand configurations etc. mapped out.
> On Tue, Feb 3, 2009 at 2:28 AM, Ken Restivo <ken at restivo.org> wrote:
> > I'm happy to report that I am writing this from my new EEE softsynth, running an RT-patched kernel, jackd, and several softsynths.
> >
> > System info, if anyone is interested, is here:
> > http://restivo.org/projects/eee
> >
> > I'm stunned that this even works, but it does, and astoundingly well!
> >
> > I've got cpufreq userspace governor, manually set to maximum CPU speed (1.6Ghz). I'm using the crappy built-in hda-intel card, and not even at its native frame rate (I'm at 44100, not 48000). I'm also using a version of jackd that has been reported to be sub-optimal (0.109.2-3).
> >
> > The last missing peices were the rt2860sta and atl1e drivers, which I built in a few minutes from source packages already in Debian-EEE (make-kpkg modules_image .... done!). Many thanks for the patch to fix the alsa_seq; it works perfectly in the kernel.
> >
> > I now have a usable Linux synth for live performance, which weighs 1.45KG, fits in a backpack, runs all my crucial sounds, draws about 1 amp at maximum CPU speed, and reportedly will run 6 hours on its own internal battery. With the cheap Edirol PCR-30 I bought a few months ago, and a small battery-powered amp, I can do street performances now-- or other casual gigs-- while lugging a minimum amount of gear. I'm thrilled.
> >
> > I still have to compile a couple packages that aren't in Debian: my own few utilitiies, AZR3-JACK, klick, WhySynth, and a few others, and I'm set to go. I also want to recompile the kernel again to change the timer 1000Hz not 250Hz.
> >
> > 0.109 works, but what is the most stable/reliable/efficient version of JACK I should look into. 0.116?
> >
> > -ken

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