[ardour-users] CCRMA vs. AGNULA

lewis.jon at att.net lewis.jon at att.net
Tue Apr 5 23:34:01 PDT 2005

Thanks for all the input; I  now have a grasp on the kernel/distribution/package concept. What I really need to figure out is which combination is best for my situation. Let me clarify what my needs are. Although it is a “home studio,” I am in a professional situation (meaning I have paying clients who expect things to run smoothly without any “hold on while I reboot” or “that noise you hear is just --insert BS here--, It won't be on the final product”). Although I am new to Linux, I have a high technical aptitude and no problem with (or fear of) learning the most complicated compiling procedures if need be. My main reasons for trying Linux are: 1) I do not have the $$$ for a ProTools/G5 rig, and 2) I have never liked Windows and dislike it more every day. What I need is the most tried and true, stable and streamlined configuration without all the extras, as my DAW is a dedicated machine. While I love the GNU concept and appreciate what the Linux community has done, I don't have the liberty of having a machine that is in constant need of tweaking (although, once I have become more knowledgeable of Linux, I plan on using it on my “personal” machines and contributing as much as possible). To sum it up: stability is my major issue and I don't care how hard or time consuming it is to achieve. Which configuration (distribution, kernel, packages, file system, etc.) should I use?
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From: lewis.jon at att.net
> I am in the planning stages of trying a Linux based DAW and wondering which is 
> better (I am looking for stability) CCRMA or AGNULA? I have also noticed that 
> some of you seem to be using Gentoo. From my Googling I gather that this is 
> another Linux kernel that one would modify oneself rather than using one of the 
> aforementioned. I am also wondering which file system to use. What are my 
> choices and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
> Maybe I am conceptually challenged here. My understanding at this point is that 
> Red Hat, Fedora, Debian and Gentoo are all different distributions of the Linux 
> kernel. CCARMA and AGNULA are modifications to the Linux kernel (Red Hat/Fedora 
> and Red Hat/Debian respectively) which are customized for low-latency audio and 
> video. Is this accurate? Am I missing something? Are there more options? Again, 
> I am looking for stability. What is the best combination to use?
> Thanks for your advice,
> Jon
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