[Ardour-Users] The future?

Jason Jones poeticintensity at gmail.com
Wed Aug 11 09:31:54 PDT 2010

Another vote for gentoo, but it's not for the faint of heart.  It's pretty
daunting to install, for sure.  I've been running gentoo on my production
studio system for years, and I'm in the beginning stages of doing it
professionally now.  I've had around 30 clients come in, and in the years
I've been running it (both as a hobby, and now professionally), my downtime
due to gentoo-specific issues has been probably about 6 hours total, and all
of those hours were down in off-hours, due to updating my system.  It has
never been down for any reason during sessions.  I'm running a RAID-1
(through mdadm), 64-bit quad-core system, too, and haven't had a hitch.
More important than the distro, I'd say, is the audio hardware choice.
Delta 1010 has been stellar for my needs, but I'm probably going to have to
upgrade to an RME system here soon, for more inputs.


On Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 9:21 AM, Mark Knecht <markknecht at gmail.com> 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?
> Just my opinion, but...
> I don't pick a distro because it runs an app. I pick it because I
> using the maintenance tools fit me. 98% of running Gentoo is layman,
> eix-sync and learning to use emerge and etc-update to keep things
> up-to-date. It's literally about 2% of the effort I put in on the
> machines to emerge Jack and Ardour and every other app in the
> pro-audio overlay. 5% if I decide I need a real-time kernel.
> Just yesterday I wanted to look at Ardour source code, so: (from memory)
> layman -A pro-audio
> vi /etc/portage/package.keywords
> emerge Ardour
> and the app was on my system and running. Getting the source code only was
> ebuild /path-to-ebuild/Ardour-2.8.7 unpack
> That's it. All done. Less than 5 minutes to build Ardour and all it's
> dependencies.
> Just my opinion but every distro works the same once you get the same
> software on the box. It's really a matter of how you get it there,
> when you get it there, how hard it is to get it there and how
> important it is to you to have it there today. Gentoo works for me but
> it really doesn't work for lots of people with slow Internet
> connections and slower computers.
> Pick what works for you, or pick what the developers use. Picking what
> other people told me to never worked very well for me.
> Just my opinion,
> Mark
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