linux, recording and you

Discussion in 'Recording' started by llornkcor, Dec 13, 2002.

  1. Ok folks. I am the local linux pusherman here to lay some url's on you.

    If you like to try new things out, and have an extra partition, or extra machine, there's a music/audio specific linux distribution called Demudi (Debian Music Distribution), which is getting funding by the EU.
    (the iso is in the download site, just rename the .raw extension to .iso)

    same as

    And a load of audio related apps at:

    Now, while linux and co isn't really up to par for professional recording apps, it is free, and available for the prices of a download.

    Personally, for linux first timers, I would recommend installing Mandrake 7.3 and loading up on the audio apps.

    I havent installed demudi yet, so I can't say how the install is. But if its like debian, it's a fairly arcane install.

  2. TheRealWaldo

    TheRealWaldo Guest

    1st) Demudi changed over to Agnula: back in July, when funding from the EU began. However, Agnula is not available as per this moment... Progress on this project is at a snails pace...

    2nd) Debian may be confusing for a first timer to install, but is much more secure and stable than the majority of releases (Mandrake/RedHat being in the weaker class). Demudi IS Debian, repackaged and modified for audio uses.

    3rd) I've had a burned copy for a while (of Demudi), yet STILL haven't found the time to install it on one of my test boxes. If anyone has used it, let me know! I'd love to hear of your experiences.

  3. actually, if someone wanted/needed debian, I would suggest using knoppix to install debian. much less painless. Even though it's not originally intended for a harddrive, there is an app that will install it to a hard drive.

    I am going to install demudi this weekend (I'll just wipe over my current debain partition). I'll let you know how it goes. and how the apps act and such. :D I'm looking forward to a precompiled ardour.

    anyone familiar with NAS? (Network Audio System)


    well. the demudi installer needs a heap of helpin'.. heh
    and I am too old to dink around getting something installed anymore. Oh well. Looked nice at the beginning splash screen. heh Will wait for the next release...

    umm.. I dont recommend trying to install from that demudi iso.
  4. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Jeez, I wish you Linux guys would speak English!
    Actually, maybe you guys could give me some direction. As far as operating systems, my favorite (so far) is Mac OS 9.2.2. OSX is too busy, bloated, and repetitive. I despise Windows and all it stands for.
    So, my quandry is that I have three peecees, all running W98. I have discs of XP Pro and 2K, but IMO, 98 is the lesser of the evils. I need to find an alternative OS to run on all of the peecees. I've looked into Lindows a bit, but I haven't tried it yet. From what I gather, Lindows does a pretty good job of supporting hardware, and their library of applications is quite extensive. A lot of games will run on Lindows, too. At this point, whether it runs DAW apps or not doesn't matter to me, since I do that on my G4. The drawback is that they are charging a pretty good chunk o' change for a version of Linux.
    Are there other versions of Linux that may be suitable/appropriate for me? Are there any other operating systems that you know-of that I might be wise to consider? Any info would be greatly appreciated.
  5. suspec57

    suspec57 Guest

    Well I personally use SuSE Professional and I love it. And if you want to try a DAWS for SuSE that can handle video, they have Broadcast 2000 with it. Just make sure if you're going to try to make a DAWS with linux, to use RME cards because they have good support for linux and they rock for audio. I'm still on 7.2 I'm going to get 8.1 soon which looks very promising and has good reviews.

    heres a link on SuSE's website that has screen shots of their distro.
  6. I would advise Mandrake distribution of linux (3 cd download - free). and if you want to run windows programs (not perfectly) also install winex.
    I actually use mandrake, its got the "mandrake control center", which is really nice.

    If you just wanted to check out linux, without installing, knoppix runs from a cd. (but you can install it if you want)
    Remember, running an OS from a cd is slow. Linux is not this slow from a harddrive.
    Doesnt have the advanced audio apps, though.

    and if you can't download these iso's.. there's cheapbytes!
  7. Tommy P.

    Tommy P. Well-Known Member

    Linux, isn't that Charlie Brown's friend, the one with the blanket? :D
    Hey, SOS,I was a MACerfella running DeckII on a PowerPC601, waiting for the Copland OS, which never came as promised and was little to little to late OS8 instead, but I still hung in for the cheaper MACclones, which was later scrapped by Steve Jobs when they gave the ----bag his job back, who then bought NeXT back for 430milllion, and so they then scrapped the developement of a powerful PC based OS (which would have been MACerriffic on a PC), there was still hope for a multimedia powerhouse OS called BE which is today, nowhere to be found because of lack of interest by software developers(Steinberger never ported Nuendo over to the BEOS as promised, and others bailed too)so there you have it. I guess the software developers picked their winners and that was that. Definitely a quandry, but I may be putting Win2KPro back in the box to try again now that software has caught up, WinXP seems to be too full of unwanted gimmicks and surprises.
  8. suspec57

    suspec57 Guest

    Has anyone here tried Linux on a PowerPC? I'm curious as to how good it is compared to OS 9 or X.
  9. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Okay...SuSE, Mandrake, Knopper, and Cheapbytes. Are they all Linux? Are they all the same thing? If not, what's the difference? Is one better than the others? Are these sort of like 98, 98SE, Millenium, 2000, and XP for Windows? Is one "brand" or "version", whatever, better for some things than other ones? I guess this is why Linux isn't real popular in the mainstream ... it's confusing. And what about Red Hat? What's up with that? And exactly where does that little ^#$%ing penguin fit in to all of this? LOL
    Seriously, I know I'm very ignorant about this so far, and I've been wanting to do more reading-up on it, but life has been hella busy. Are all of these free? Are they huge downloads, or can you get them on CDs? I have extra harddrives, so no problem installing to check it out, but downloading really bites the big one on a 56k modem. So, if anyone could sort-of explain why one or two might be better for me than the others, I'd really appreciate it.
  10. TheRealWaldo

    TheRealWaldo Guest

    Okay...SuSE, Mandrake, Knopper, and Cheapbytes. Are they all Linux?

    They are all revisions of *nix, or components of *nix.

    Are they all the same thing?

    Not entirely, based on the same core (although one core to the next can vary quite a bit), can handle similar file formats, etc..

    If not, what's the difference?

    Depends on the distribution. Each is tailored to different uses and has it's strong points and draw backs. And all of them have source code available, so it can be further customized, etc., so you see revisions, of revisions, of revisions, etc.

    Is one better than the others?

    Depends on your uses.

    Are these sort of like 98, 98SE, Millenium, 2000, and XP for Windows?

    Nope, because they are entirely free, even the source is free. Thousands apon thousands of people donate their time into developing parts of *nix os/s, there is no central 'group', which is why you see so many 'flavors'.

    Is one "brand" or "version", whatever, better for some things than other ones?

    Yep, as I stated above.

    I guess this is why Linux isn't real popular in the mainstream ... it's confusing.

    It's free, it's powerful, and that scares people.

    And what about Red Hat? What's up with that?

    Yet another flavor of *nix, designed mostly with 'beginners' in mind.

    And exactly where does that little ^#$%ing penguin fit in to all of this? LOL

    Tux? He's just cool ;) I've got my Tux sitting on top of my monitor right now!

    Are all of these free?

    All revisions of Linux are free, do not let anyone tell you otherwise. Some companies may charge a fee for a manual, or customer support, but the source code, and the actual OS is 100% free.

    Are they huge downloads, or can you get them on CDs?

    Depends on the revision, anywhere from a single floppy to 1 CD. You can purchase CDs, but it's usually best just to download the ISO and burn your own. You'll get the most up-to-date revision, and it'll only cost you half a days downloading.

    So, if anyone could sort-of explain why one or two might be better for me than the others, I'd really appreciate it.

    What do you plan on using it for? And what hardware do you got?

  11. Story of Tux the penguin:,1284,42209,00.html
  12. mapostel

    mapostel Guest

    Yes ! Those were actually my first Linux experiences - with an old 7300 and Yellow Dog Linux. A good use for redundant hardware, e.g. setting up an intranet server or a simple websurf machine.
    However, MacOS is still more convenient and with less stuff to figure out. But Linux with modern desktops (KDE, GNOME) is on the way I guess. I've only used it so far with old hardware, so it's hard to compare.
    Bottomline: Linux on PowerPC = :)
  13. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Well, before I literally collapsed at my puter desk last night, I checked-out the SuSE and Mandrake sites. Without bringing them up in separate windows and comparing them side by side, they seem like the same damn thing to me LOL.
    They want $40 for the non-pro version of SuSE, and they want %12.50 for part of Mandrake but they then give you a credit for $12.50 so you can get the rest of it (?).
    "What do you plan on using it for? And what hardware do you got?"
    LOL So far, three peecees, all with different $*^t in em. They're all AMD systems, and very basic...
    1) K6II-500 @ 522
    *Epox EP-58MVP3C-M mobo
    *256Mb SDRAM
    *6Gb HDD
    *250w Star PS
    *SB 16 ISA sound card
    *Appian Jeronimo Pro 16Mb PCI VGA
    *Toshiba CDROM
    *Mitsumi FDD
    *Archtek PCI modem (Intel chipset)
    *Belkin ORMF5UOO5 PCI USB card

    2) AMD XP1600+ AGOIA @ 1743
    *Iwill Xp333 mobo
    *256Mb Genuine Samsung PC2700
    *10Gb WD HDD
    *350w Codegen PS
    *On-board CMI8738 audio
    *ATI All-In-Wonder 32Mb PCI VGA
    *Creative 52x CDROM
    *Sony CRX195E1 CDRW
    *PC Tel modem

    3) AMD XP1600+ AGOIA @ 1743
    *ASUS A7V8X mobo ("loaded" model)
    *512Mb Genuine Samsung PC2700
    *Maxtor 6Y060L0 60Gb HDD
    *Allied 400w PS
    *On-board Realtek ALC650 audio
    *Sapphire ATI Radeon 9000 Pro 64Mb
    *CD-W540E CDRW
    *Alps FDD
    *Archtek modem (Conexant chipset)
    All the systems are WELL cooled and vetilated. The second one is my girlfriend's (off limits to my "testing" LOL), but she says if she likes the Linux, she'll switch too.
    The peecees are mostly used for surfing, BBs, designing icons & desktops, and online gaming. We do LOTS of downloading.
    I'd really like to know how these mentioned Linux versions compare to Lindows. I really like the look of Lindows, and I like the fact that they have the massive "warehouse" of it's applications. You're supposed to pay $99 a year for access to it, but you can download all of them elsewhere on the web for free. Are these Lindows apps compatible with all other versions of Linux? Can all other Linux apps run on Lindows? Is Lindows as good, better, or worse than other Linux versions?
    I know that some Windows apps work on Linux, but that most don't. I'm also aware that you can run Linux on a computer that also has Windows on it. If you do that, is it best to have Linux on a separate partition or harddrive?
    ALSO, I aquired a mint condition Apple Quadra 840AV, complete with monitor, lazer printer, and scanner, for $30! It's running OS7something, but can be upgraded as far as 8.1 (but I can't find a place to get OS8.1). I also found a program that will allow you to run OSX on it! HOWEVER, I'm thinking that it might be good to run a very light version of Linux on it, due to the fact that it's a 40Hz CPU and has only 32Mb of RAM. Would you recommend Linux for it? If so, how would I go-about selecting/deciding exactly what it needs with very little extra? I assume I could get it for free somewhere (?).
    I guess that's about it for now. Again, any help would be appreciated. If you need any further info, please ask and I will answer.
  14. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Hmmm ... I just took a look at that Yellow Dog Linux. Maybe that would be good for the Quadra? The site says it supports older Macs, but not the Quadra 840AV specifically. So, I'm going to email them to see if it does. If so, maybe I can get a free version that's basically the same (?). Downloading an OS for it could be real bitch, tho, cuz it's modem is a 14,400! Or, would it be possible to download it on my G4, burn it to disk, then put it on the Quadra? Hmmm ... I wonder if that old CDROM in the Quadra would even read a burned disk ???
  15. mapostel

    mapostel Guest

    Hi SoS,

    With that class of machine you might want to take a look here: Linux/mac68k
    I'm afraid that YDL won't run on a 68k CPU - but they will certainly be able to tell you.
    There also a couple of 'thin' floppy-based distributions, but I have no idea if any of them are for 68k processors.
  16. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Well, I just spent the last couple of hours researching putting Linux on the Quadra. It's possible, but from what I gather, the best that you can end up with is no sound and your floppy drive won't work. I think it would be more wise to just try to get a copy of Mac OS 8.1. Anybody have a copy? I can't find it anywhere for purchase, and I can't even find it on file sharing sites.
    Anyway, now I'm going to look into what I'll need for a peecee. I guess I'll start with the K6II-500 machine. I don't really have a clue what I'm doing, but I guess I'll just jump right in and learn as I go. I kinda get the very basics, so I'm off to start learning and downloading. I'll let you know what happens. See ya ... *POOF*
  17. TheRealWaldo

    TheRealWaldo Guest

    Start playing with Mandrake or Redhat, this isn't advice as to what to stick with, just what to start you out with and get used to.

    As far as the Mac OS, I've got a buddy who might have what you are looking for (I've got an old Quadra as well, and have run Darwin on it from time to time to 'play').

    Give me some time, I'll see if I can get in touch with him.

  18. Update on the demudi install:
    Second try with a blank hard drive, and not trying to be careful and not save some files/partitions went rather well.

    If you follow the order of install events, and do not try to do any thinking, it works ok. :)

    I had to re-run base-config, cause if forgot to install anything useful. :)

    But, as with any debian dist. you should know linux first. ;(
  19. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Well, I checked-out a lot of sites and different versions of Linux and Unix. It all just seems VERY complicated. Indeed, it may be best to try a "pre-configured" version to get my feet wet.
    Waldo, that would be cool if you can help me out there. I'd really appreciate that. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
  20. JBlake

    JBlake Guest

    I just installed Yellow Dog on my old Umax S900/200 Mac clone. So far so good. The desktop environments are resource hogs (Gnome being the better of the two IMHO). Running things at the command line has been REALLY fast. Updating software packages was incredible. I'm having a hard time configuring a couple things but with a little research I'll get it.
    I'm going to run it as a file/print/intranet server for my mac and my wife's PC.

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