Anyone ever try a linux setup?

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Member Since: Nov 21, 2002

I just set up a partition of my hard drive to install red hat linux, i figured id try it out cause i found tons of freeware, so id figure why not, so im downloading the files for the OS. ive heard lotsa good things about linux being low on system resources, and for the price, i got nothing to lose. I hear its harder to use, but my drummer is very computer-saavy (ive been trying to get him to come to HRC for god knows how long). anyway just wondering if anyone has any experience with this.

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Apr 13, 2004 07:46 pm

Actually, HRC runs on a Linux server. Linux is a variation of Unix. They are very similar at the file system level but Linux, in my opinion, was a much better user interface, which makes it a bit easier for people used to Windows to feel more at home on Linux.

There is really nothing that Linux has to offer in the realm of pro audio. I have heard of only one multitracking application (Loki pointed one out a while ago) that I have seen, a few semi-usable wave editors. I would LOVE to see some of the freeware you have found. If you have found enough decent stuff, I will talk to Noize2u and with your help, would love to get them into our links database.

Linux being less resource heavy, while being true, is getting less and less true all the time. As Linux is being built better and better, like Windows or Mac, it takes a bigger and bigger system to run it. And many sound cards (M-Audio being one manufacturer) support Linux, the performance of the hardware and software under Linux is not nearly as good as in Windows or Mac the last time I used Linux for audio.

I would love to hear your experiences using it however, and see how much it has improved over the last couple years dsince I personally used it.

Since: Nov 21, 2002

Apr 14, 2004 02:48 pm

Well, i have the extra partition to do it, so i figured id just try it out. as for lack of applications, i found a site that has a huge list of them (all free, open-source stuff)
called planet ccrma (pronounced karma)

dont know if any of these could compare to the great windows programs (doubt it), but its all free, and im always one for experimentation.

Since: Nov 21, 2002

Apr 14, 2004 02:58 pm

note that i have little knowledge of how to install and work all that, its more than just programs and stuff i know that... i dont really understand most of that, but Burak (my drummer) does haha, so he's gonna do it and explain exactly how to work these things.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Apr 14, 2004 02:58 pm

dont know if any of these could compare to the great windows programs

Well, that was my conclusion a while back. If it doesn't do the job, it's not worth it.

But trying it all out could be a lot of fun and interesting to get to know a new operating system :-)

Since: Apr 12, 2004

Apr 14, 2004 06:09 pm

I have been looking to move my studio over to the Linux platform for a few years now. I run Linux on every machine I own (notebook too) except for the dual-boot for Cubase to record.

The one piece of software getting the most buzz has been ardour I havn't looked into it yet since my Q10 has no Linux support (I have been working on a linux driver for the Q10 but Aardvark doesn't want to help me much so it's a long road).

It uses the ALSA framework so quite a few cards are supported. Full list is here

The only thing you will definitly not have is DirectX and Rewire support which might not be a problem for you. I belive VST support is implemented or in the works right now on it.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Apr 19, 2004 09:02 pm

Dan and mhubbard, thanx muchly for the links. i will start scrounging through for anything usefull around the studio and or audio world.

mhubbard, I have that link in my to do list and have been waiting for them to get a bit deeper with the app and it looks now as though they have so I think we may be on to something here.

I will probly give Linux its own sub directory for now and put these in it after I do a little more research on the sites and software they have.

Keep me posted with anything else you find Linux related, and I ll get it updated into the links section.

Thanx again guys, its stuff like this that helps us grow bigger each day. And keeps me busy surfing and digging away.

Cone Poker
Since: Apr 07, 2002

Apr 20, 2004 12:00 am

Yeah a while back I found some recording software for linux and that was about it, never got around to finishing my linux box (it needs a video card or two if anyone can spare em :) ). I'm willing to lay down a few tracks onm a linux box and see how it works out you know. I mean in all honesty the software available for it probably won't be able to hold it's own against the likes of sonar or cubase but it should at least track a few minutes. I wanna see how it all pans out though, so yeah in the nearby future I am going to get a complete Linux set up going and will tell all you fancy kids about it.

(sorry if I'm rambling, talking to the woman on the phone and pretending to pay attention to her... I mean what?)

Since: Nov 21, 2002

Apr 26, 2004 04:24 pm

We'll, finally got redhat and its installing as we speak.
ill keep yas posted

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