The Internet, 22nd May, 2007
64 Studio is a GNU/Linux distribution tailor-made for digital content
creation, including audio, video, graphics and publishing tools. A remix
of Debian testing, it comes in both AMD64/Intel64 and 32-bit flavours,
to run on nearly all PC hardware.
Our latest development version (1.4.0) is the first release candidate
for the forthcoming 64 Studio 2.0, which will retain compatibility with
Debian Etch to create a long-lived and stable creative desktop.
Known bugs in 1.4.0 include:
* Ktoon requires rebuilding with an old version of Qt. Without this, it
will crash on start-up
* Inkscape cannot print unless the cupsys-bsd package is installed
* Hydrogen crashes if the user activates an empty instrument channel
This release is named after the song by Ian Carr's Nucleus on their 1973
album Labyrinth, featuring the vocal talents of the great Norma Winstone.
Please note that if you want a stable install of 64 Studio, you should
stick to version 1.0 for now, as that release has been more thoroughly
The changelog is available here:
and DVD-R ISO images for amd64 and i386 here:
You can also upgrade from a 1.0 install, or from previous testing
releases, using our testing APT repository:
and running apt-get update, apt-get dist-upgrade, or pressing the 'Mark
all upgrades' then 'Apply' buttons in the Synaptic package manager. To
avoid system breakage, please comment out or uncheck any third-party
repositories (for example an official Debian one) first, as these might
interfere with the upgrade procedure.
The DVD image will install Debian with X.org, the Gnome 2.14 desktop,
Linux kernel 2.6.19 with realtime preemption patches (supporting both
single-core and SMP systems) and a selection of creative applications,
as well as the internet and office tools a creative user is likely to
need for their daily work. Adding favourite packages from Debian is as
easy as apt-get, or a few clicks in Synaptic.
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:
For other communication, please have a look at the contacts page on
or see the Frequently Asked Questions page.
Community and business model
Developers and users who are interested in getting involved with the 64
Studio project are 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
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/