I need some SERIOUS help with this whole CD installation thing...

  • Watchman
Posted: Wed, 10/21/2009 - 07:50
I am a total newbie here. I'm worse than a newbie -- I have NO idea what I'm doing, period. But with that said, let me tell you what I DO know. I am a musician first, but I'm interested in taking 64Studio and eventually customizing it. For now though, I need to get the thing to run at all. Here's my system and specs: Dell Studio Desktop, Quad-core Intel 2.33 GHz, 6 Gigs of RAM, and two 500+GB hard drives. I have installed Debian without a hitch. I can use it, download stuff off of the Internet, update it, and use the web browser. What I CAN'T do, yet, is figure out the whole "ISO/Debian" thing when it comes to 64Studio. I'm used to getting a disc, loading it into Windows, and then following the installer wizard. This new way of doing things, with Linux, requires that I boot to the disc. I can do that -- as I said, I installed Debian, right? So, why do I need to do this for 64Studio? Isn't there some way to "run" it or "build" it on the computer, AFTER I have already installed Debian? (After all -- the splash page here says that 64Studio works "my way," with GNU/Linux. MY way is to install the software AFTER the OS is already on my machine...)! Maybe someone needs to explain some basic concepts of Linux to me, but I am convinced that I pretty much understand how things work, from an end-user perspective. Again -- maybe someone can tell me how to install JUST 64Studio, without installing the whole Debian/Ubuntu ISO onto my hard drive. If I can learn these basic things, then I believe that I'll be one step closer to being an actual developer. I would like that. But right now, I need to understand how to get started. Thank you! The Watchman

Thank you.

  • Watchman
  • 10/21/09
  • Thu, 10/22/2009 - 06:21
I got it (on the whole "your way" topic). I also figured that, indeed, the kernel was problematic. I'm 100% SO new to Linux and the development world, but I do intend to learn as much as I can about programming and so on. I'm old too -- as of this writing, I'm in my late 30s. So, I'm not trying to become the next ace programmer. But I am going to develop some custom hardware, and finding the right distro of Linux-based music software would be great. I'm going to try Ubuntu Studio, just to get into the swing of how to install and run this type of software. But I'll be checking back here periodically. When you get a kernel that supports more modern hardware (such as support for SATA DVD/RW drives) then I'll be happy to try 64Studio. Until then... TWM


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Thu, 10/22/2009 - 05:28
Hi Watchman, The "My Way" on the page refers to the custom Linux distributions that 64studio.com builds for our OEM clients. Nevertheless, installing from CD is the best way to install Linux, and we do not support the windows based installers. The installer kernels for the 2.0, 2.1 and even 3.0 beta 3 might be too old for your hardware, and we are looking for a new installer kernel as we speak. 64 studio will now be Ubuntu based from 3.0 onwards, so it may be a good idea to replace your debian installation. I do not dual boot. I have run 64 Studio only for many years now, without issues, or wanting to use applications from the Windows world, that I cannot get to work using Wine. Cheers, Quentin