Distributions break Ardour and waste my time
For some time there have been reports on IRC from users of various Linux distributions that some feature of Ardour is broken. It is getting increasingly tiresome that we end up as the frontline support for breakages that are distro-specific and that we cannot control. These problems waste my time. It would be nice if they would go away. Meanwhile, here's what distribution users can do:
The common complaint here is the import dialog in Ardour doesn't work. This breakage is caused by whoever built the Ubuntu package for Ardour. Ubuntu users can:
- Download a newer package, perhaps from here or here
- Build Ardour from source themselves.
- Make sure the existing "official" packagers are aware of this issue.
Problems in Gentoo ebuilds are more subtle, but more widespread. The official ebuilds enable a compile-time option that we (Ardour developers) explicitly note as being unsupported. There is no good solution here, but a middle ground is to use the
Pro Audio Overlay 2.999 ebuild with DISABLED(USE=-syslibs). We'd be happy if Gentoo users pointed this out to the ebuild maintainers.