[Ardour-Users] Linux distributions

Dave Phillips dlphillips at woh.rr.com
Fri Sep 30 07:07:38 PDT 2011


Since Nick Ramm asked about Linux distros for audio work I might as well 
mention that my next two articles for the Linux Journal are reviews of 
Arch and AV Linux. I had to replace 64 Studio 2.1 on my 64-bit machine, 
Arch is now on that box, and AV Linux will soon replace one of two 
Ubuntu systems here.

I wanted to install the Planet CCRMA packages on Fedora 14, but after a 
relatively painless installation F14 balked at accepting the latest 
nVidia driver (yes, I need it). Fedora looked great though, and I might 
still install it on another yet-to-be-purchased drive.

AV Linux gets my vote for Nick's immediate purposes. I think a novice 
could probably navigate his way through an entire Arch installation, but 
I doubt it would be a comfortable cruise. AV Linux is likely to be a 
more relaxed experience.

My Ubuntu 10.04 systems work well, but they did require some tweaks 
before reaching that happy condition. I'd recommend AV Linux over stock 
Ubuntu. I haven't tried Ubuntu Studio recently, so I can't say how it 

My two yuan.



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