[Ardour-Users] financial ideas commentary

Thomas Vecchione seablaede at gmail.com
Mon Jan 19 09:49:03 PST 2009

Launchpad is scheduled to be open sourced starting with v3.0.  A roadmap was
just released in regards to this in fact.

But aside form that...

On Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 12:13 PM, Harold <ardour at sait.nl> wrote:

> Well, I'd expect Ardour to invest it's time in the most commonly used
> environments and maybe factor in an 'average skill level' of the users on
> that platform.

The problem isn't Ardour so much at that point, but that the 'average'
computer user on Linux, and especially people swiching to Linux to try
Ardour, is still below the point of being able to properly set up their
computer for realtime audio, which reflects badly on Ardour itself, even if
it is beyond Ardour's control.  And an investment in time as you seem to be
thinking is a large investment to repackage everything for multiple
architectures, and multiple distributions. (i386, 686, x64, SSE2, SSE3,
Altivec, PPC, Debian/64 Studio/Ubuntu(Studio), Fedora(CCRMA)/YDL, etc.)

Its still a fair amount of work.

> For example: Ubuntu is quite easy to install and thus attracts a lot of
> inexperienced users. Other distro's (designed specifically for use in a
> studio) requires a more experienced user and those tend to build Ardour
> themselves from source.

I would STRONGLY disagree with your assesment here.  Not so much of Ubuntu,
but of distributions designed for studio use.  That is exactly what i was
referring to with older packages, there have been repeated people on various
points I have come across that were not willing to compile their own version
of Ardour that used those distributions.  That is WHY they choose those
distributions, they didn't want to have to do anything like that.

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