Press Release - The Internet, 29th November 2006
64 Studio 1.0 'Olympic' released!
Creative and native free software on AMD64 multi-core
The 64 Studio project produces a distribution of native free software
for digital content creation on x86_64 hardware (AMD's 64-bit CPUs and
Intel's EM64T chips). After eighteen months of development, the project
has made its first stable release available for free download. It is
named in recognition of the work of Glyn Johns and Eddie Kramer at
Olympic Studios in London.
The distribution is based on the pure 64 port of Debian GNU/Linux,
testing branch, but with a specialised package selection and lots of
other customisations. The 64 Studio project also produces a 32-bit
edition for legacy PC hardware.
Install CD images for version 1.0 (both 64-bit and 32-bit builds) are
available for download from the following sites...
Please use the mirror which is closest to you. The .iso image can be
burned to a 700MB CD-R using any popular CD burning software. There is
also a readme file featuring basic installation instructions, with
several translations available (Dutch, Finnish, French, Italian,
Norwegian, and Spanish).
The CD image will install Debian with X.org, the Gnome 2.14 desktop,
Linux kernel 2.6.17 with realtime preemption patches (a realtime SMP
kernel for AMD64 dual core and multi-processor machines is available on
the 64-bit CD) and a selection of creative applications. These
applications cover audio and music, video, 2D and 3D graphics,
publishing for the web or print, and the internet and office tools a
creative user is likely to need for their daily work. Adding favourite
packages from Debian testing is as easy as apt-get, or a few clicks in
Please note that these releases are free software, and come with no
warranty. However, the software does actually install and run on the
project's dual processor Opteron, dual core Athlon 64 and single core
Turion test hardware, and is already in daily use by many of the
project's testers. The 32-bit version has been tested on a variety of
older PC hardware, including a Via C3 and a dual Pentium Pro, but the
project suggests a faster processor and at least 512MB RAM to take full
advantage of the distribution's features.
If you would like to send feedback or make a suggestion for improvement,
please subscribe to the 64studio-devel mailing list:
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Community and business model
Developers and users who are interested in getting involved with the 64
Studio project would be most welcome. The aim of the project is to
create a distribution with full (but completely optional) commercial
support, which will generate revenue to pay free software developers.
The 64 Studio Ltd. company, which supports the free software project, is
also producing custom distributions for commercial partners with
Linux-based audio products.
64 Studio project director Daniel James and lead developer Free
Ekanayaka are available for interview by email or phone. Please contact
daniel at 64studio dot com for any enquiries. A screenshot of the
distribution is available at http://64studio.com/