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.