[LAU] Help with configuring a laptop for Linux Audio work
gnome at hawaii.rr.com
Tue May 13 05:45:22 UTC 2014
I don't like Unity, either.
You can install XFCE on Ubuntu without installing Xubuntu. On my wife's
netbook, Xubuntu starts up a lot slower than stock Ubuntu.
I'm at Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on the Ubuntu partition of my laptop. I haven't
done any audio work with it yet, but it now successfully plays videos on
this i7 Haswell/Intel HD4600. That wasn't necessarily true with the
Ubuntu 13 that came on it.
On 05/12/2014 12:14 PM, Louigi Verona wrote:
> "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 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.
David W. Jones
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