Ardour on Linux
Maybe I am exceptionally unlucky. Every now and then I decide to finally move to linux (from OS X) only to realise that I cannot get anything to work and give up on the idea! I really really want to make the transition as most software I use is open source and I have heard reports that Ardour's GUI is more responsive on linux than on mac. So it all sounds promising, but here is my experience so far.
I installed 64studio to find out that the version of ardour pre-compiled for Debian has a serious bug (crashes when using tab-to-transient). I then moved to fedora 11 and planet ccrma and found another weird bug with ardour which skews the GUI after resizing GUI elements (e.g. track heights or the region section). However I remember that ardour was working fine on fedora 12, however my machine would randomly freeze on F12 on a regular basis so I regressed to F11.
So Ardour is not working out of the box (at least for me) and to get the latest version I need to build from source. Now this is not good news for a linux newbie and is enough in itself to turn someone off linux for pro audio work. Surely there should be an easier way to get the latest release pre compiled or else how could a complete newbie be expected to ever migrate to linux (and I am used to coding and I have built applications on OSX before so I'm not a computer dummy)? I mean why would I move to linux and use a really old and bugy version of Ardour when I can stay on OSX and use the latest and most stable version without having ot build from source?
In the meantime my question is: how do I build Ardour on Fedora? How do I make sure which dependencies I have and which I need to install and how do I install these? I have seen this http://ardour.org/building but I cannot follow it as I don't know where to get all the tools and libraries for fedora and to check if I already have them.
I would suggest that the Ardour project should recommend one regularly tested linux distro and always provide the latest package for that one distro: maybe even a .deb file or something similar.