I want to use ardour under linux.
Do you recommend 32bit os or 64bit os?
it doesn't really make any difference to ardour2 itself.
if you want to be able to use flash, a 32 bit system will be much easier and less likely to crash your browser. you also cannot run VST plugins in a 64 bit build of ardour.
I develop AV Linux, it is a 32bit Linux OS but uses a PAE Kernel which has the greatest advantage of a 64bit system which is increased memory handling (up to 64Gb). It also has included support out of the box for VST plugins and even includes a demo one to try. You can try it (and Ardour) on a LiveDVD if you're interested here:
I recommend AV Linux!
Like a few others around here, I've tried the "big distro" based systems: 2 versions of 64Studio and 2 of Ubuntu Studio, and they all had something wrong with them.
I installed AV Linux just today and I already know it's here to stay! It is 32 bit, but the performance or the RT kernel* is far beyond any of the Ubuntu or 64Studio flavours I've tried, and it has Ardour 2.8.11 as standard and new versions of all the other applications too. Apparently there isn't really much difference in speed between 32 and 64 bit systems.
And if you do use it and like it, send Glen (Gmaq) some financial encouragement to keep up the good work. http://www.bandshed.net/AVLinux.html
* no xruns at 0.7ms latency on AMD 1.8GHz single core, with Ardour recording 8 channels!
Dream Studio (dream.dickmacinnis.com) is a 32 bit OS that will take advantage of up to 64GB of RAM. Like AVLinux, Dream Studio is available on a liveDVD that you can try before installation. However, Dream Studio is based on Ubuntu, so if you're new to linux in general, you'll find more support for first time users via the UbuntuForums (ubuntuforums.org) and thousands of other sites, due to the fact that Ubuntu is currently the most widely used linux distribution there is.
Yes, I'm sure Dream Studio is doing "The Right Thing" in the Ubuntu world, and it probably gets the screen resolution set up correctly which AV Linux didn't without a bit of help from me, and having a Gnome desktop is easier to set up.
I'll admit my choice was influenced by being a Debian die-hard :-)
Thanks for the kind words anahata,
Was the screen resolution issue nVidia related by chance? Debian's inclusion of the modesetting 'nouveau' driver by default has caused more trouble than it has saved for Debian users.
Ubuntu is very fortunate to have projects like your Dream Studio to save their unfortunate tarnishing multimedia reputation They should put you on the payroll! :-)
I'll just wait until I get 1,000,000 users and sell them the whole works ;-)
@Gmaq : yes, it's an nvidia card and a a cheap 1920x1080 monitor. At one point in my earlier attempts to upgrade 64studio with packages from Debian testing, I had one that auto-detected it correctly. That was probably the modesetting driver you mentioned. It worked fine for me!
I don't rate widescreen monitors much generally, but it's actually a good shape for running Ardour and also for some DTP work I do on the same computer.
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