OSMLinuxAudioDistroShootout

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Welcome to the OSM Linux Audio Distro Shootout page. (a.k.a "The awesome lads")

There are many Linux Distro's relating to Audio/Visual, but how well do they tackle the issue of a full out of the box hit the ground running multimedia production suite...

Contents

Criteria

  • Ease of use

=== PITA factor === : Amount of mouse clicks it takes from turning on the PC to start Ardour and get it working (for example)

- Ease of installation

=== PITA factor === : Amount of mouse clicks and times pressed the ENTER key during installation, until it is installed and working with the lowest latency possible. The total time of installation (in minutes) for the most standard install is another number of this factor

- Lowest latency

Lowest latency possible on JACK without XRUNS, running just qjackctl, and the lowest possible while applying some live effect to that. Noises and clicks should be annotated too.

- Preinstalled software

We should make a list of must-have software here:

-Ardour (Recording)

-Hydrogen (Drum Machine)

-Zynaddsubfx (Soft synth)

-Nekobee (TB303 clone)

-Linuxsampler (Sampler)

-Fmit (Tuner)

-Gtick (Tap tempo)

Hardware

We should put down here the PCs we offer for testing. They should be as diverse as possible, if possible, music-oriented hardware.

- Trece8: CPU 64bits Pentium D (2 x 2.8 GHz), 4Gb RAM 667 MHz, M-Audio Audiophile 2496, SATA II drives, onboard VGA card (VIA). I can get other PCs for testing, but older ones.

Distro's

- Ubuntustudio

- 64studio

- AVLinux

- Fedora 10 w/ ccrma

Tweaking

- limits.conf and putting yourself in the audio group

- The almighty RT kernels


THE TABLE

This table is stolen from here in hopes of converting it to a table that is useful to us.

Distribution Test version Base distribution Test version build date
64 Studio 3beta3 Debian 2008-06-09
CrunchBang + patches 9.04 Ubuntu 2009-01-19
Fedora 10 + Planet CCRMA Red Hat 2009-06-09
dyne:bolic none 2007-09-22
pure:dyne
Musix Knoppix, Kanotix, Debian 2007-03-05
Ubuntu Studio Debian 2008-11-30
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