[Ardour-Users] The future?
ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net
Wed Aug 11 08:06:16 PDT 2010
On Wed, 2010-08-11 at 06:59 -0400, Justin M. Streiner wrote:
> On Wed, 11 Aug 2010, david headon wrote:
> > Ardour/Jack users from the Gentoo or SuSe community, are there any
> > advantages to running a system on these platforms?
> I've used Ardour on Gentoo for several years and when you get everything
> working, it's great. You have the advantage of being able to tune
> the system for maximum performance more easily than other distros
> since you're building your kernel and most packages from source.
> Getting things working (and keeping them working in when faced with
> upgrades) can be a bit more cumbersome than I'd really like to deal with
> on a production system. There have been more than a few times that an
> upgrade of one library that the author decided not to make backward
> compatible with previous versions brought an otherwise functional machine
> to a grinding halt. I've found that the realtime kernel patch
> occasionally interfered with rolling basic parts of a new kernel
> (framebuffer drivers and whatnot), to the point where you end up
> straying pretty far off the beaten path in terms of being able to get
> assistance on the Gentoo boards. Most of the audio/multimedia stuff
> requires the use of packages from the ~x86 portage tree, which can back
> you into a corner if you have lots of packages installed and run into
> another patch of dependency hell.
> I don't mean this to come across as Gentoo bashing - it's just that being
> able to tune your machine to the degree possible with Gentoo often comes
> with unanticipated penalties in terms of downtime. That can probably be
> minimized by keeping the Ardour machine as much of a "single-tasker" as
> possible, but for many people that isn't an option. Another approach that
> can work is building two machines, and using one as the guinea pig for
> testing out upgrades to get things stable before upgrading the production
> system, but many people don't have, or don't want to maintain two separate
> I've played around with it on Arch Linux, and getting it up and running
> wasn't too bad. My two issues with Arch were 1. getting SATA RAID
> (fakeraid) mirrored partitions running was more painful than the docs let
> on, and 2. I didn't see a way to get a realtime-patched kernel, and my
> read of various docs and wikis seemed to suggest that the Arch maintainers
> dind't see the RT patch as being necessary for allowing apps like Ardour
> to work most efficiently. That seemed to contradict most everything I've
> read on the subject.
> The next step for me would probably be to give ubuntustudio, 64studio or
> AV Linux a try on a test machine.
A multiple-boot is something, some people don't like, but at least doing
backups, is something everybody should 'maintain'.
Depending to the needs, one should also think about using a distro on 64
or 32 bit architecture.
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