[ardour-users] CCRMA vs. AGNULA

derek holzer derek at x-i.net
Tue Apr 5 04:46:49 PDT 2005

I found RedHat/Fedora to be *very* bloated with stuff that is not 
necessary for running a DAW. The difference of startup times alone 
between RedHat/Fedora and Gentoo or Debian is staggering, so I can image 
that the OS itself probably sucks up a lot of resources. Of course, 
running "ps aux" and looking at the number of active processes also 
gives you a clue. RedHat/Fedora has up to three times as many things 
running in the background!!!

Even with Fluxbox, which is *extremely* light, it still took several 
minutes for the desktop to come up on my old 1 GHz Athlon machine. The 
lag was also quite noticable on a 1.6 GHz P4 laptop. Both of these 
machines startup right away with Gentoo now.

CCRMA's documentation, OTOH, is very good. If you want an "easy 
install", I'd say go with AGNULA but read as much of the CCRMA docs as 
you can as far as system configuration goes. I've got an AGNULA install 
document here if you are curious:


I personally use Gentoo, as it has most all the audio apps in AGNULA or 
CCRMA also in Portage, as well as kernels with LowLatency and other 
stuff as options. But if you're not comfortable compiling kernels, 
Gentoo will not shine in terms of audio performance. Better to go with a 
binary distro in that case.


emo wrote:
>>AGNULA does much the same, except that it requires a Debian base system
>>rather than a Fedora system.
> AGNULA does _not_ require, but _contains_ a Debian base system. The 
> installation is very simple and automated. I don't know if it is more or less 
> stable than CCRMA. It's just very stable.
> Cheers

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