Ronald Stewart ronaldjstewart at gmail.com
Thu Apr 12 16:45:19 UTC 2012

maybe I got up on the wrong side of the bed today but here is the cold hard
facts and truth about the musical instrument business and Linux Audio.

First, I have sat down with Tascam TOP DECISION MAKERS for over 30 hours in
7 years with TOTAL FACE TO FACE conversations
along with Alesis, Akai, M-Audio, AVID, and EVERY OTHER manufacturer on
Plus I have dealt with Guitar Center, Musicians Friend, and SamAsh buyers
for nearly 4 years.

Second, Tascam sucks and what you and ALL OTHERS WHO WRITE THIS LONG FELT
STORY ABOUT THE POTENTIAL of Linux Audio users need to know
and DO is SUPPORT companies that do support Linux Audio.  I suggest Echo
Audio because they work with Linux and FFADO and others to make a great
user experience for
Linux Audio.  There are others like Harrison, RME (kinda) and some class
compliant supported devices Edirol, Lexicon, M-audio etc. that are Linux
friendly NOT BECAUSE THEY WANT TO BE but because of the STEVE JOBS affect
of Apple.  In fact Linux is not a priority and neither was Apple until the
brute force MARKET SHIFT in Apple lately.
Linux is 1% and Apple is at best 7% and the only reason why ANY of these
companies are working with Apple is because you CANNOT get into an Apple
store or their ECOSYSTEM UNLESS you are class compliant.  Until 2 years ago
companies like m-audio and all the rest had their own driver mickey mouse
way of making things work.
Thank GOD that Apple finally kicked butt enough to straighten out the
musical instrument companies bot because they are "great guys" but because
of MONEY!!!

Now you and everyone else can take this info as fact or not.  BUT and
HOWEVER, I have spent tens of thousands of dollars trying to build products
in Linux for Linux for YEARS!!!!  With tens of thousands of dollars spent I
can tell you from my checkbook and WALLET that I maybe moved the ball from
the one yard line to the nine yard line.

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