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(03-22-2017, 09:51 PM)kneedeep Wrote: [ -> ]I still think that composition and orchestration is something you can do on any OS or software. Beethoven would probably have made incredible stuff with just SSO and a reverb plugin no matter what his OS or DAW was. I mean people did incredible things with MIDI 20 years ago on an Amiga or whatever. I think hard-and software are a lot less important than putting the notes in the right place.

Big +1 on that. I don't doubt I could be just as productive with Linux, if I just had a system set up for my needs. It's getting to that point that's the problem Smile

kneedeep, what distro would you recommend for audio work these days? OSS4 like you mentioned or something else?

Edit: aah, OSS4 is not a distro. I misunderstood.
Any distro is Linux, just different flavours and bolt-on parts. They're like starter packs.

Should be able to install any Linux software under any distro. Differences between distros are mainly in ease of installation, package management, update policy and pre-configuration. When it comes to those things I still suggest Ubuntu because to me, it minimizes the need for dicking around that seems to come with Linux. The package installation system in Ubuntu is relatively hassle free, provides access to 99% of Linux software and it tends to run out of the box with few problems if any.

I'm pretty sure there exist distros that brand themselves "Pro Audio Production Linux" or whatever else, but tbh I never used them. It's always the same stuff inside anyway just packaged differently. I would go with something standard (Ubuntu or Arch) and then just take a weekend and install what's wanted and needed and tweak it.

With windows software, usually downloading and running the installer .exe works just fine. You can then run it from the start menu or from the terminal with "wine reaper.exe" or whatever it is. Check the internet to see which windows programs have a chance of working.

Note that to get stuff like MP3 export and certain video codecs (Flash...) working you might have to enable specific repositories. This is usually because of license issues. Google helps.
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