[linux-audio-user] Setting up linux computer

John Check j4strngs at bitless.net
Mon Aug 23 01:57:58 EDT 2004


On Sunday 22 August 2004 04:37 pm, Frank Barknecht wrote:
> Hallo,
>
> Thomas Pickett hat gesagt: // Thomas Pickett wrote:
> >          thanks for the advice.  I don't care too much on which distro is
> > easiest to install.  I care more about how good it works for music
> > production.
>
> Heresy: They all work the same. There are no differences between

Sssh ;)

> distributions in how good they are for music production. Need proof?
> Ask what everyone is running, and you will find every distro there is
> here.
>
> > If you had the choice which one of the suggestions given would you
> > use?
>
> I'd use what I use, which is Debian, but the reason is not because it
> would work better for music or so. The reason is that I am used to it,
> that I like the package management, that I like the libre software
> approach of Debian and so on. Ease of install is not important to me,
> I only did two Debian installs in the last 8 years or so - one on my
> main machine, the other one on my laptop. - Oh, and one for a friend's
> laptop, so that makes three.
>

One of the beautiful things about Debian, You only ever have to install it 
once

> Mostly things outside music production influenced my choice of
> distribution, and I would recommend to do the same. Music makes enough
> trouble, so you should feel comfortable with the system in general.
>
> > About the firewire stuff.   I think it is too bad that linux does not
> > support it at this point.  There are lots of decent soundcards that are
> > firewire based.  MOTU 828mkII,  Edirol FA-101,  Presonus Firepod.  The
> > only decent pci card I can think of that has multiple ins/outs on it is
> > the delta 1010.
>
> There are many more, a very popular one being the RME card.
>
> > Firewire gives the posibility to use the soundcard on different
> > computers and portability is not a problem.  It seems strange that
> > the linux community isn't heading in that direction.  I understand
> > that it takes alot of work but I think that the firewire soundcards
> > give alot more options than the pci cards.  Any comments?
>
> I suppose, you already mentioned the reason: It's a lot of work, and
> nobody capabale to do it did it yet. I wouldn't compare PCI and
> Firewire, though, as those are actually quite different beasts.
>
> Ciao


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