Comments on 64 Studio

  • J-Mac
Posted: Sat, 04/19/2008 - 17:49
Hello everyone, I've been using a Windows-based recording setup for 4 years, and have just recently switched to linux. I've tried many of the other studio distros (Fedora Core w/ Planet CCRMA, Ubuntu Studio) and have even tried setting one up myself using Ubuntu. However, none of these options have worked (for me), and none of them were anywhere near as easy as 64 Studio. The fact that JACK works with my firebox immediately after install is unbelievable; I applaud you for taking the time to ensure that this product works across a wide range of hardware. Evidently some people notice that some of the software is outdated (Gnome is at v2.22 and we are using 2.14), but none of these are fundamental recording applications, so it's no big deal. I'm using the rc1 release and it's rock solid; haven't had a single problem as of yet. There are a few things I would love to see make it into 2.1 final, but am unsure of their feasibility: -Update to GIMP 2.4.x: The latest version of GIMP brings a bunch of new functionality. Two things I can think of off the top of my head are scalable brushes and resizable selections. I've tried to update manually, but there are too many serious dependencies (I believe it wants to upgrade gnome), so it should probably be left to those creating the distro. -Update the artwork: The current artwork is nice (bootsplash, desktop), but could be refined for a more professional look. I would be more than willing to create and propose new artwork for the distro, or at least help in doing so. While they're small touches in the long run, it would be nice to see a visual refresh for the next version. Keep up the exceptional work, it is greatly appreciated!


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Tue, 04/22/2008 - 13:53
Hi J-Mac, We tried adding Gimp 2.4 to the mix, but while Gimp (and all the audio-apps for that matter) worked well, Nautilus (the File Manager) decided he'll have none of this and started throwing strange tantrums... The dependencies for the Gimp backport turned out to bring in all kinds of nasties. You can however compile Gimp yourself, under 64studio 2.1rc, and all goes well (here anyway) I think I only had to disable the Python scripting plug-ins in Gimp, and it compiled fine. Of course, if you use these, wait a while. The 3.0 release should not be too far in the future... As for Graphics, you are welcome to contribute! Check out the contacts page and mail us if you are ready to send some stuff. Cheers