64Studio Updates/Upgrades

  • scribe63
Posted: Sun, 02/03/2008 - 19:30
64 Studio thus far is a decent Recording Studio operating system and i really do appreciate the efforts of it's developers. But at this point in time i'm getting really frustrated and losing trust with it's updates or lack of updates process for essential applications for a recording studio environment. Therefore at this point in time i'm afraid to recommend it, or even demonstrate it as recording studio operating system to prospective clients. My System: Processors: DUAL Xeon 2.0 ghz Memory: 2GB Disk: SATA 7200 rpm hard disks My main issue is with it's version of Ardour, the others i can tolerate, well except for having to recompile the kernel to be able to record MIDI data through a USB MIDI interface. Which for a keyboard is essential. 64Studio comes with ardour 2.03-2, which is known to be very buggy. That version should really be called crash-dour, because it continuously crashes unexpectedly and you loose you data if it was not previously saved. Ardour 2.0.4, 2.0.5, 2.1 and 2.2 are available in source from the ardour website, but for the hell of it in 64 studio does not even have an upgrade to 2.0.4 in their stable repos. I tried to update to the 2.1 version, but guess what, it requires the testing repository, and also will remove gnome-core and metacity in the process. I posted my concerns about this issue in the forums but got no response.
  • In my opinion one should not have to change from a stable repository just to upgrade an application, mixing of repos leads to an unstable system and i would not want to use a testing repo for a recording studio production environment.
  • As stated in the forums, you are on your own if you upgrade to testing.
  • One shouldn't have to turn their production DAW system into a development System to upgrade an application.
  • I'm not clear as to what is the purpose of removing your graphical desktop environment to install an graphical DAW application.
There i said it, and it relieved some of my stress and frustration. Reason being i'm trying to mix a project of about 15 songs, and the thing keeps crashing. So far all i'm using are HPF with at most 15 tracks. I switched to JAD 1.0 and i'm using the same session files with ardour 2.0.4 and guess what it's not crashing. I do prefer Linux and a Debian based system, and i hope with the next release there is a some sort of application update/upgrade process. I don't want to have to switch to XP, Cubase, and Pro Tools LE also. I just want to make music on Linux and spread the word. jawara Any clarity kindly appreciated TIA


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Sun, 02/03/2008 - 21:26
Hi There, Yes, there has been some "Issues" in testing relating to upgrades because Free added an upgrade to the GIMP packages. There is a solution to this, but if you want to wait a little bit, the next stable release is upon us. 64studio 2.1 release will include Ardour 2.2. This version is allready in the "testing"/"tryout" version of 64studio. Please note, 64studio "Testing" is just the next version of 64studio - served Tartar. It us still based off Etch, and not "Testing"/"Lenny" and after Free fixed it, should not cause much problems. This was, in all fairness, the first time I found the 64studio testing in so much flux... and I am sure Free will make sure is does not happen again. Please do not run away now. These are exiting times. My system is up to date on 64S testing, and Ardour2.2 is a dream, as is all the new versions of the software Free has loaded so far. If you need more info, drop Free a mail (check the contacts page) Cheers!