[LAU] Is CentOS good for audio stuff?

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at rocketmail.com
Wed Dec 24 14:38:18 UTC 2014

On Wed, 24 Dec 2014 15:11:21 +0100, Hermann Meyer wrote:
> Am 24.12.2014 um 13:38 schrieb Roberto Suárez Soto:
> >
> > My needs are very humble: I only use qjackctl, Ardour, Hydrogen 
> > and some LADSPA plugins. I've seen that many people use a plethora
> > of audio software (which use goes way over my head), but I really
> > need only something to record guitar and bass, generate some drum
> > tracks and process it a bit so it hides my awful playing. I hoped I
> > could do it using standard repos in CentOS, but from the feedback
> > in this list and some googling, it seems that's not the case.
> Why not use AV-Linux, therewith you have a stable base system, but 
> closer to stable upstream releases
> of audio tools. Beside that it comes with all development tools and 
> headers, so if it get you, you can build your own stuff without any
> hazel. And still it is debian based without follow the "strict"
> debian rules.
> http://www.bandshed.net/AVLinux.html

The OP perhaps doesn't need a lowlatency or real-time kernel for his
needs. He likely could use any distro with a vanilla kernel, by
just adding 'threadirqs' to the boot options and installing rtirq.
FWIW some distros, e.g. Arch don't split packages, IOW headers are
always installed too, but the OP doesn't like to compile. In my
experiences AV Linux makes Debian repository usage tricky. Likely an
Ubuntu Studio LTS is easier to use (with or without e.g. KX PPA).

Happy holidays!

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