[linux-audio-user] Setting up linux computer

Fernando Pablo Lopez-Lezcano nando at ccrma.Stanford.EDU
Fri Aug 27 15:04:40 EDT 2004


On Fri, 2004-08-27 at 10:53, Pedro Figueiredo wrote:
> On 26 Aug 2004 at 20:07, Robert Epprecht wrote:
> > The case made me switch from AGNULA/DeMuDi
> > to Planet CCRMA (Which are both excellent audio
> > distributions BTW  
> 
> I've been following this thread with great interest as I'm about to switch 
> to linux too and I'm trying to decide among A/Demudi and PlanetCCRMA. 
> How would you compare these two?
> 
> Because I will be using a computer with no network access, I can't 
> afford frequent updating and patching. That's my biggest concern. 

Nobody on either distro will force you to do upgrades (AFAIK :-), so
probably this is not really an issue. If version x.x of program y works
for you, then there's no need to upgrade :-)

Of course after reading the lists for a while and drooling over the new
features available in version x.x.1 of y, you'll want to upgrade.
Resisting the temptation of frequent upgrades is apparently not that
easy.  

> Also, having played around with Debian 3.0 and Red Hat 
> 8.0 (which I believe were released at about the same time) Red Hat seemed 
> much prettier and up to date. Unfortunately, it was running a bunch of 
> servers and processes out of the box that I never asked for (printers, 
> send mail, drivers for all sort of hardware...). Debian seemed to allow 
> for better fine tuning and advanced configuration, which is a Good Thing 
> as far as I'm concerned. Is this still the case with the current versions 
> on which A/Demudi and PlanetCCRMA are based? 

I think later versions of RedHat (now Fedora Core) start up with less
services enabled by default. It depends, in part, on what package mix
you select at install time. A plain workstation install will not include
web and mail servers, for example. Once the system is up and running
both distros enable you to turn on and off selected services. 

As to which is "prettier", as usual beauty is in the eyes of the
beholder... you'll probably hear from fans of both soon.

If you have the bandwidth and time I'd suggest you give both a spin and
see what you like and dislike about each one. 

-- Fernando




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