[LAU] Help with configuring a laptop for Linux Audio work

Louigi Verona louigi.verona at gmail.com
Mon May 12 22:14:09 UTC 2014

"Curious as to why you picked xubuntu over ubuntustudio."

I never used Ubuntustudio and in general I prefer the usual distro +
putting audio stuff on top myself. I don't like audio distros for some
reason, I guess they are too "designed" for me.

As for why I chose Xubuntu - I did not like Unity at all, even after
several times of trying.

On Tue, May 13, 2014 at 1:08 AM, Len Ovens <len at ovenwerks.net> wrote:

> On Mon, 12 May 2014, Louigi Verona wrote:
>  Nope, I had to install 3.8 as opposed to 3.2 which comes with Ubuntu.
>> Looks
>> like when you are buying a new laptop what you should do is put on the
>> latest system available and I typically try to stick with LTS.
> LTS is 14.04 with a 3.11 kernel, 12.04 should be good for another year
> anyway. There are two 3.8 kernels though, there is the generic as well as
> the lowlatency. The low latency kernel seems to get less xruns in anything
> I have thrown at it. There were a few 3.8 kernels that had USB audio
> problems, but I am pretty sure the fix got put in so you should have it.
> (dmesg would show if there is a problem)
>  Interestingly enough, I very rarely go lower 512 frames, which is around
>> 46ms. And for some reason, midi is always precise even on 1024. I did test
>> this and I remember I did work on a system where it made a difference, but
>> not now.
> I should have been clear, I have been quoting qjackctl's version of
> latency, so at 48k 512 would be 21ms... probably that is a calculated one
> way trip through jackd and of course doesn't include card delay. Certainly
> it should be high enough that CPU governing doesn't matter too much.
> I try to test before I buy if I can. Boot what you want to run from a
> memory stick. Ubuntustudio's (if ubuntu is your thing) ISO probably has the
> SW or enough of it preinstalled to make testing possible running it live.
> Other audio distros have live ISOs as well. I try to do the same thing with
> audio IFs. I walk in with my netbook and make sure it works with linux...
> and how well it works... can I see all the channels? can I hear them?
> (semi)pro audio is kind of hit and miss right now.
> Curious as to why you picked xubuntu over ubuntustudio. Ubuntustudio is
> based on xubuntu, but has audio set up out of the box and with 14.04LTS
> allows selection at install time of which SW not to install that is on the
> live ISO. Though, to be honest, I don't know what happens to packages those
> applications depend on if you don't install them. For example KDEnlive
> would have the kde libs on the ISO. If the KDE apps are not selected, do
> the kde libs still get installed? I'll have to ask. ubiquity does do some
> sort of clean up at the end of the install.
> --
> Len Ovens
> www.ovenwerks.net

Louigi Verona
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