which linux do you use for ardour?

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calimerox
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One thing, I run ardour on a athlon XP 1,7 GHz on a ubuntu studio gutsy gibbon distro and i m quite happy with it.. but I wanna ask you: whats your favorite distro to run ardour with? I ve heard that there are quite good alternatives to the big ubuntu studio distro.. does someone has experience..?? Thx!

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64studio, or Debian testing/sid

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AV Linux which is Debian based

http://www.bandshed.net/AVLinux.html

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Fedora 10 (soon to be Fedora 11) on a 17" MacBook Pro with 30" second monitor

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Debian

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Fedora 10/PlanetCCRMA

I've been using the PlanetCCRMA distro for years now, and wouldn't move from it.

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64 Studio... surprised?

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ubuntu Hardy (8.04 LTS)
with a lot of tweaking................

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64 studio 3.0-beta3

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Gentoo with the pro-audio overlay installed

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debian sid / custom

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I also run Ardour in Ubuntu Studio (only I'm in 10.4, Jaunty) and have had some stability problems, so if there are any suggestions about Ardour's performance in alternative distros, I would love to here them.

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@ musicmatt5:

you mean 9.04 Jaunty no?

John E
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All in all, I tried about 9 different Linux distros before settling on 64studio. The others included Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSuse,, Debian, Freespire, PCLinuxOS and a few more that I can't remember. 64studio was the best on my machine.

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Gentoo + pro-audio overlay

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Which generation of MacbookPro are you using? Do you have any compatibility problems—ACPI, touchpad, keyboard layout, Airport? I have a MacBookPro 3.1 15" (came out in late 2007). How was your overall experience with Fedora on the MacBook Pro? Last time I used fedora in late 2006 on a desktop I wasn;t completely happy, but back then I didn't do any audio work.

I'm using Ubuntu Studio 9.04 with the real-time kernel and I'm not completely happy about it. The pulseaudio doesn't start my volume at start up no matter what I do, Jack gets random xruns after using ardour for one hour (and it is only using a quarter of my 2gb memory). I get xruns in jack after some time in use when no music software is open. Plus occasional crashing. It is a 64bit distro. The settings are fine according to ubuntuforums and what I've read.

Anyone else using a mac with linux for ardour? How has your experience been?

Thanks

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Joe,
I have a question regarding Fedora 10/PlanetCCRMA. I went through the steps of installing Fedora and the PlanetCCRMA distro, and everything went fine except that Ardour only acknowleges 2 of my Delta 1010's 12 inputs. I was wondering if anyone knew the fix for this.
Thanks!

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thx for all your answers.. guess i will try studio 64 soon as well.....

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Kubuntu 9.04 is working great for me at the moment. (with quite a few bits and pieces built from source)...

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MyLinux 0.0.0.0.0.0.1 with LFS

Why?

-very unstable,so I have to spend a lot of time to fix it
-experimental unstable kernel, so I have to spend a lot of time to fix it
-no userfriendly bullshit, so I spend a lot of time to make useful preferences
-lot of workarounds needed for to make it half work
-crashes often, so I spend a lot of time to fix it
-no wannabe community, so have to find out how it works with manpages
-audio don't work so I have to spend a lot of time to fix it
-because I hate to make music
-because I'm a funny guy

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Ubuntu Studio 8.04
it's an LTS release so should stick for a while.

i used to use fedora, but PlanetCCRMA released real time kernels quite some time after fedora releases.
also, fedora 10 didn't like my machine very much.

i haven't tried 64 Studio yet, but keep hearing good things from it.

my laptop also doubles up as an work laptop for uni projects, general browsing, etc so UStudio is fine for now.

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yes. Do I sound like a novice or what?!

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That seems very odd, I've never had a problem with all the ins and outs from my 1010 being seen.
I have a few questions to help me understand what's happening.

How do you start jack? Is it from Ardour or do you use Qjackctl?
Is there another sound card enabled in this machine?

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At the moment, I'm using Ubuntu 9.04, though I like Slackware quite a lot and am considering returning to it.

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OK, since no one else has done yet, I've got to put a word in for Arch Linux - best distro around bar none. In the last year I've been through Ubuntu, UBstudio, 64Studio, Fedora and Jacklab - nothing even comes close to Arch Linux. Just does everything I want, and nothing more. Pretty much any package of any software can be found on AUR, the user repository, meaning it can be painlessly installed and uninstalled with the package manager - I installed ardour with VST support this way (but I got rid of it - felt dirty).

If you haven't tried Arch, get a copy, then find the beginners guide on the Arch Wiki. Well worth the effort, and not difficult to understand, even if you've only been using linux for a year, as I had been

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I use Mandriva and have done so for over a year. In my experience it offers the best compromise between tweakability and working out-of-the-box. I tried various *buntus but always had problems building custom kernels - I use proprietary nvidia graphics drivers and that's a nightmare on Ubuntu with a custom kernel. Ubuntu Studio's realtime kernel was incredibly unstable on my machine, it would lock solid as soon as I started jack. Turned out to be something to do with my firewire sound card. They were also lacking some libraries (notably alsa-jack) that I need and couldn't get without rebuilding the whole of ALSA from scratch. Finally I prefer KDE to GNOME and Mandriva is the best KDE distro, IMHO.

I run 32-bit because I use a lot of VST instruments under dssi-vst. This is supposed to work in 64-bit too but I wasn't able to get it to build, Mandriva's 64-bit setup is a bit "quirky". But I don't notice any difference in performance between 32 and 64 bit. I also get superb latency (1ms) without using a realtime kernel, which *buntu wasn't able to do by a long way.

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64 Studio 2.1 (64-bit)

64 Studio 3.0 beta (64-bit)

JAD 1.0 (32-bit)

Ubuntu Studio 9.04 (32-bit)

All running on AMD processors with nVidia binary drivers. Woohoo.

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64studio 3.0 beta...........works best on my system

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Debian lenny with customizations (rt-kernel, rtirq.sh, limits.conf, ...)

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Fedora 11 +PlanetCCRMA i386 with PAE RT kernel.

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Gentoo + pro-audio, on several AMD workstations.