Press Release - 64 Studio 2.1 'A Minha Menina' released!

Submitted by Daniel on Mon, 06/09/2008 - 14:15

Isle of Wight, UK, 9th June, 2008

64 Studio is a GNU/Linux distribution tailor-made for digital content creation, including audio, video, graphics and publishing tools. A remix of Debian 4.0 'Etch', it comes in both AMD64/Intel64 and 32-bit flavours, to run on nearly all PC hardware. We aim to combine the stability and quality of Etch with a specialised real-time preemption kernel and the latest creative tools demanded by multimedia artists. Our tweaks to Debian include simplified installation and default settings which help get production started quickly.

Version 2.1 is the first update to the second stable release of 64 Studio. It is named after a song by Jorge Ben, recorded by Os Mutantes and covered by The Bees. New versions of applications such as Ardour and Rosegarden are the main reason to upgrade, plus general bugfixes and updates from Etch. It's not meant to be a bleeding edge release; it only contains necessary changes. Some distros aim to give you the latest of everything, but we prefer our stable branch to concentrate on long-term usability. In that respect, it's similar to Debian stable or Ubuntu LTS. It's a recommended upgrade for all 64 Studio users, without fear of system breakage.

Upgrades from previous 64 Studio releases

Full upgrade instructions for the command line or Synaptic are available at:

A new apt mirror for the stable branch is now available at:

deb 64studio main

Thanks to the Computer Science department at the University of Kent in the UK - you guys rock, and roll :-)

New 64 Studio installations

DVD-R image mirrors are listed here:

Checking the integrity of your download with md5sum is strongly recommended.

Release notes are available in Czech, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish - thanks again to all our translators!

For users without a DVD burner, images for the 64 Studio 2.0 Live CD are still available from our download mirrors. We also recommend the live CD for users who want to check out 64 Studio without installing.

Contact the 64 Studio project

For more details, to join our mailing lists and forums, or to post bug reports, please visit:

We hope you enjoy being creative with free software!


3 comments posted
a new hope indeed :-)
Thank you all for your work! I waited desperately for this - after I ran out of luck compiling new stuff on electric I really look forward having 2.1 installed an finally having a recent Linux on my machines that really works for serious audio-work. 10000 years!
Posted by zettberlin on Mon, 06/16/2008 - 22:19
Kudos !
In the beginning I hesitated whether I should upgrade since I don't see much changes from 2.0 to 2.1. But I did upgrade (re-install rather that upgrade, really), and hasn't regretted that since - other than updated applications such as Rosegarden, I find that 2.1 fixes minor bugs providing it with smoother experience. Happy user of 64studio-2.1 amd64
Posted by jamesbond on Tue, 06/24/2008 - 13:34
Minor issues with X
I made a new install of 64Studio and I must say it is looking good. Feels stable, too - of course the previous didn't crash even once for over a year. The new 2.1 version feels a bit faster, too. The upgraded Ardour is worth an upgrade in itself. However, some problems occured with X. My machine is an old Duron 1.2 GHz with a bulk ATI clone for graphics controller. X-server installed fine and I got the GNOME desktop running. My screen is an old 17" CRT, which started with a 1280x1024 resolution - alas, 60 Hz refresh rate. No good. I switched to a better 1152x864 resolution with 75 Hz and all was well. Until GNOME panel started acting strange: suddenly it was in the middle of screen and refused to go to the bottom of the screen as expected. Another logout/login later desktop icons and mouse pointer didn't match: pointer was some 100 pixels off when the icons activated ( I use the *nix way of "clicking once to activate"). Same thing happened with GDM screen - X screen alignment was occasionally off; the GDM bottom menus wouldn't appear. But no error statements..!? Luckily, all it took was a quick "dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg" and furthermore I deactivated GDM - because anyhow I like to fire up X with "startx" or my favourite light weight window manager Fluxbox with "xinit /usr/bin/fluxbox -- -br". It feels like the problem was with GDM, but never mind. All else is working like charm. A warning: attempting to install WM Xfce4 from Debian repositories brings out removing almost all 64Studio related packages as dependancy with Synaptic - so, don't. Cheers! ..and thank you for your amazing work!
Posted by porisija on Tue, 07/15/2008 - 19:39