[LAU] Is CentOS good for audio stuff?

Fernando Lopez-Lezcano nando at ccrma.Stanford.EDU
Wed Dec 24 19:46:58 UTC 2014

On 12/24/2014 01:38 AM, Roberto Suárez Soto wrote:
> El 24/12/14 a las 10:02, Kazakore escribió:
>> I know CentOS has been used with the Fedora based PlanetCCRMA in the
>> past so might be worth asking on their list as to the current status
>> of it. I also know there is a more general audio spin for Fedora now
>> (Fedora Jam??) so not sure how active PlanetCCRMA still is...
>      That's the problem: it seems PlanetCCRMA is still "on the works"
> for Fedora 20

Hi Roberto,
Argh. My fault, Fedora 20 has been "feature complete" for quite a while, 
I just have not updated the web site.

> and Fedora 21 has been out there already for a while.

2 weeks?

Fedora 21 support is almost there (I posted an announcement in the 
Planet CCRMA list), only some packages left to redo (probably the most 
important of those is pd-extended). For every release there is something 
that stops compiling and needs to be updated or patched...

Something to remember is that most of what Planet CCRMA used to package 
is now part of Fedora proper. Qjackctl, Ardour, rtirq and all usual 
suspects are in Fedora, so you do not need additional repositories for 
those. As other poster points out there is even a "spin" for audio 
called Fedora Jam. Planet CCRMA still maintains the rt patched kernel 
and "exotic" software like supercollider, pd-extended, chuck and others. 
I hope those will migrate to Fedora in due time.

> Besides, I'd like to use more-or-less standard repositories as much as
> possible.

If you do not need an rt patched kernel Fedora is enough...

-- Fernando (maintaining Planet CCRMA since 2001 :-)

>      Anyway, from what I've gathered from my "investigations" these last
> few days, I'm starting to realize that it's going to be easier to simply
> install a LTS version of Ubuntu and stick to it: things like low latency
> kernels and dkms are in the default repositories, while you have to
> "cook" your own in CentOS. I could do it, but it'd be a maintenance
> nightmare. And that's precisely what I'd like to avoid.
>      A pity, because each time I upgrade to a new version of Ubuntu and
> something breaks (usually the sound stuff; in particular, usually
> pulseaudio), I angrily vow to switch to something else (fists raised to
> the sky and all that). Guess it's time to ditch pulseaudio for good and
> use only jack, and see if that makes everything easier.
>      Thanks,

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