A/V Linux 1.0 with Ardour 2.7.1 and much more ready to use!

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GMaq
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Hello,

I have just released a Linux "Snapshot" that is an A/V Centric i386 OS based on a much modified and updated Ubuntu 7.10. It features Ardour 2.7.1 SVN4343 with LV2, FREESOUND, FFT_Analysis, and VST Support via DSSI-VST with the VST Path already configured. All development libraries are included with Web page links to Steinberg's SDK site and the Ardour build page if users want to build ArdourVST. WINE 0.9.52 is included for best VST performance and Window Rendering in ArdourVST. Other audio apps include Audacity 1.3.6, Hydrogen 0.9.4SVN, Rosegarden 1.7.2, Calf Plugin Pack 0.0.17, QSynth 0.3.3 and many more...

A Realtime Kernel is only a repository click away and the system is pre-configured with the PAM mods and an rtirq script as well as a symlinked VST folder in the user home directory.

There is much more detailed info available on the Web page,

IMPORTANT: If you have a look and decide to install, the name "pcuser" should be used for the initial user so that all the tweaks, symlinks, and plugin paths work correctly. Of course use a secure password of your own choosing and you can create additional users post-install if you like.

A/V Linux 1.0: http://www.bandshed.net/AVLinux.html

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Hi GMaq,

Nice effort :)
May I suggest you mention the kernel version in your webpage ? I think some ppl may have issues with a not so recent kernel for their hardware, as it may not contain certain newer drivers they would need.

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Thanks Thorgal,

BTW Thanks for your prior help in getting me to fully appreciate DSSI-VST

I will add the Kernel version to the site. For the record it is 2.6.22-16. more recent than some of the other Debian based Linux Studio offerings but certainly not Debian Sid, FFADO is still being developed on Gutsy and there is OOTB support for many of the "classics" (like your beloved RME) as well as Tascam US-122 etc, M-Audio Delta 44,66, 1010LT are still being recommended for new users here so at least they are well supported and current. Having said that however your point is well taken and may have to be addressed with future updates. I know you are one of those rare people who is comfortable building your own Kernel, so you can roll with whatever. On the other hand I think this feverish obsession with the latest Kernel especially with new users is not going to do Linux in general any favours in the long term, Every release requires more and more security gunk added to it, hardware support is certainly important but I really don't get the urgency, Kernel panic is starting to take on a whole new meaning!

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hehe, I see what you mean. I sticked to 2.6.24.3 for a long time. But today, I thought I would give a chance to 2.6.28 since lots of Ingo Molnar's work went into it. You can read my preliminary impressions here : http://linuxmusicians.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=821
I am so far very impressed :)

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GMaq, this is totally amazing! Wonderful work! I really wish you the best on this and hope to see it grow. I know it's a lot of hard work. I am half tempted to trying it now. I'm just half lazy at the moment to reinstall all my box :(

but will give it a definite shot in the future....

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@thorgal,

Wow that's interesting especially for a Vanilla kernel, have you ever thought of packaging your Kernel(s)?

@joegiampaoli

Thanks for the encouragement, someone who has their system tweaked as tightly as you do would certainly be wise to stick with it, that's not lazy just smart!

For the record I'm not trying to woo anyone away from their system this is really just to share a working setup with any one new or not happy with their current distro to be able to get an idea of how good Linux audio has gotten.

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Hello Glen,

thank you very much for the effort taken and your willingness to share this work with those not too comfy setting up their system for rt A/V work (such as myself :( ).
I'll definitely give this a try the next days, as I'm really not convinced/pleased at all with Ubuntu 8.10 (no sound at all with the pulseaudio mess, using a Delta 1010LT and a SB!Live 5.1). 64 Studio works reasonably well here, but seems a little slow somehow, and many apps & libs are quite outdated. This makes it difficult to renew some of the stuff without breaking the (stable) system otherwise.

Anyway, long story short, I can't wait to try your ISO and will report back how it goes.

All the best
Raphael ;)

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Thanks Raphael,

I also use a 1010LT on my one rig so I can tell you it should work for you no prob, just make sure to install the -rt Kernel and you should be good to go, I look forward to any feedback you may have.

-GLEN

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GMaq,

Freaking awesome dude, amazing. The AV is on my main machine and runs first class.
Where can I ask you a technical question?

Thank you

Philip

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Philip,

Thanks very much for taking time to give it a try, For questions use the email address just above the download link on the website, I'll try to help you if I can.

Thanks Again for the feedback! -GLEN

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Hi Glen,

I have the Live-DVD finally running just fine on my main machine.
After some graphics problems (garbled screen) and ACPI related 'fatal errors' I've been able to start AVLinux OK with the options 'noapic nolapic' and starting gnome in failsafe mode.
Looks very clean and lean to me. I'm gonna install it on this PC and start adding some other audio apps I usually like to use (freewheeling, ZynAddSubFX etc.).

Next month I'll be building another machine with an AMD X2 5600 and hope that the newer chipsets are better supported than my old nf2 board.

Once again, thank you very much for this little gem.

Raphael ;)

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Raphael,

Thanks for taking time to test drive:)

I hope to put up a new revised ISO this weekend, a few minor details escaped my attention which isn't to say there are problems with the current ISO, certainly nothing relating to your APIC issue just some spit and polish. I tested JACK .116.1 for a short time and had to rip out some of the Ematech JACK 0.109.2 packages and related dependencies like libfluidsynth, DSSI, etc. After not being happy with .116 especially in relation to VST Plugins I had to go back to Ematech's JACK Packages and some of the related dependencies. I don't think this will effect ZynAdd however MusE will want to have Ematech's libfluidsynth package so folks will want to unpin and uninstall the existing libfluidsynth package then install the one from the Ematech repo or let MusE pull it in if you install MusE. They are the same version number anyway so it won't be a downgrade.

Some of the fun you encounter building from source on package based distros...

Thanks again for your time and patience, Let me know if you have other issues, I haven't personally encountered the APIC issue so that is valuable info.

-GLEN

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Glen,

finally installed it on disk, will have to set up things to my liking now.
For the APIC stuff, Gnome failsafe session wasn't needed as I noticed after a restart, it was just my GeForce 6600LE which wasn't correctly recognised it seems.
A simple 'sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg' got me on the right track.
Still, the 'noapic' option was necessary for me.
But I have had more than one problem already with my board/hardware config. Surely not your fault ;)
That's why I'd like to upgrade my main box. Of course newer technology, more CPU power and memory is also a good (if not THE) reason :D

Will let you know how I get along. Remember though, I'm still quite a noob re: all things GNU/linux.

Btw, can I remove the .22.14 & .22.15 kernels? Because I see no need to keep as many kernels around. 1 to fall back on in case somethings goes oops should be enough?

Cheers
Raphael ;)

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Raphael,

As far as the kernels go, it should be no problem uninstalling them, I'd try it sooner than later before you've spent too much setup time in case something goes wrong and you have to re-install. that's one of the things that slipped past me and will be remedied in the next ISO.

All the best, Happy Recording. -GLEN

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All is well,
uninstalled the non-needed kernels, installed the linux-rt packages and the nvidia restricted driver. Synaptic reported some file-size mismatch for the rt packages.
I also removed some apps which I won't need.
Now I'll make a backup image/system snapshot before I further experiment/refine the installation. ;)

I'm not yet very familiar with Ardour, but I'll try recording some stuff with it the next days. Will also see how Rosegarden behaves. On previous distro's/installs it crashed very often. Also the GUI seemed to slow down my PC considerably with prior versions of Rosegarden.

Would I obtain better results by using apt-build instead of apt-get or synaptic?
If I'm bothering you too much with all my questions just tell me to stfu ;)

Cheers
Raphael

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Raphael

Questions are welcomed,

I'd suggest sticking with Synaptic, or using apt-get, apt-build will only use source code in the repositories which is much older than directly downloading source code from the project page of whatever app you wish to build.

-GLEN

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That's good to know Glen, re:apt-build.
I thought from the description of the tool, that I could maybe gain something since it'll optimise packages for my CPU architecture.
Btw., your ISO must be the best rt-system I ever got to use on my old PC. It's running really great and stable here. You sure know what you're doing ;)

Cheers,
Raphael