[Ardour-Users] best installation of ardour

Michael Neumeier dennismail at gmx.net
Thu Oct 1 07:09:17 PDT 2009

Am 29.09.2009 um 12:20 schrieb Ralf Mardorf:

> Justin M. Streiner wrote:
>> On Mon, 28 Sep 2009, jonathan wrote:
>>> I was wondering what is the best way to install ardour. Should I  
>>> just
>>> install the package from my distro or should I download it form the
>>> site. If I do get it from my distro which is the best for ardour?  
>>> If I
>>> download it from the site and there is an update for ardour is it  
>>> easy
>>> to update or do I have to redownload the whole program again to  
>>> get the
>>> update? Thanks for your help.
>> A lot of that depends on what distro you're using, but generally  
>> it's better to use the package management tools that are provided  
>> by your distro.  Those tools often make the task of resolving  
>> dependencies much easier.  Note that some distro maintainers take  
>> longer than others to make updates available, so if you need some  
>> functionality or a bug fix that's only available in the latest SVN  
>> build, then you might need to roll Ardour from source.
>> Many distros (Fedora, Gentoo, Debian, Ubuntu, Arch, and several  
>> others that I'm aware of) will run Ardour well, so your choice of  
>> distro is largely based on your experience and comfort level and  
>> other concerns, such as how easy it is to get your audio interface  
>> working with a particular distro.
>> To get the most out of Ardour, you need to have a kernel that's  
>> built for real-time operation, which requires either the  
>> application of a set of patches to your existing kernel source  
>> tree, getting an already-patched kernel source tree, downloading  
>> and installing a package that contains a pre-built kernel that  
>> includes the real-time patch cluster.  How you accomplish that is,  
>> again, based largely on your choice of distro.
>> jms
> Full ACK.
> If you like to do arts with Linux, 64 Studio is a very comfortable,  
> stable distro that is set up for real-time usage by default and  
> ships with audio, animation, graphic applications by default. It has  
> it's advantages, but also disadvantages. I prefer 64 Studio. The  
> actual 3.0-beta3 is stable.
> http://www.mirrorservice.org/sites/64studio.com/installer/

I am using Ubuntu Studio:


You may get both 32 and 64 bit version of it.

 From my point of view, a special distribution about this is an  
excellent idea, because the creators of these distributions usually  
take care a lot about correct working of it - and you don´t have to  
take care about that rt-kernel needed (which, btw, is the best point:  
Compiling your own kernel is quite a difficult thing after all - and  
you cannot really check all the possible consequences in an installed  
system). You may certainly also install Ardour in other distros, but I  
also see some points of security: My Ubuntu Studio system has quite  
some things disabled, although they are present after installation.  
One example would be: Do I really need some network services on this  
system? Do I need a IM tool? No, because I produce music with it and it 
´s not intended to used to surf around and chat.

On the other side, I am still searching for a better distro, because  
Ubuntu Studio is using the Ubuntu repositories by default - and to  
tell you the truth, I found quite some tools that do not have to be  
installed in a studio area imho. 64 Studio could be a solution, but  
this only exists for 64 bit (as fart as I know) and I decided to run  
in 32 bit mode (although I have a 64bit CPU in the PC), because of  
some reasons that were mentioned by Ralf Mardorf. So if any of you  
know another finished studio distro, please let us know. Thanks.


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