[ubuntu-studio-devel] Some thoughts, (Off Topic)

Hank Stanglow stanglow at yandex.com
Tue Sep 25 02:46:13 UTC 2018

On 09/24/2018 11:12 AM, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
> On Sun, 23 Sep 2018 21:33:47 -0700, Hank Stanglow wrote:
>> Almost half the software I use for multimedia comes containerized
>> rather than from a traditional repository model -- that goes for an
>> Ardour subscription as well.
> If Ardour should be installed to e.g. /opt and use static, instead of
> shared libraries, it's not a container.
>> And there is also the WINE effect. It works really well these days. In
>> a lot of cases you can get a Windows "hassle free" audio experience in
>> a Linux OS, and you don't need a custom distribution for WINE.
> I'm using wine-staging for gr-55_floorboard, since the Linux version is
> unusable.
> [weremouse at moonstudio ~]$ cat /mnt/archlinux/usr/local/bin/gr-55_floorboard_wine
> #!/bin/dash
> wine '/home/rocketmouse/.wine/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/GR-55FloorBoard/GR-55FloorBoard.exe' &
> exit
> However, this can't be compared with snaps. Btw. wine allows to install
> the same software to one path by another, which could be useful for
> troubleshooting.
> I can't see how wine is related to snappy and Co., were not only
> pro-audio is quasi unusable, but even a MUA such as Evolution only
> works with crippled functionality, due to security restrictions, caused
> by the container approach.

Thanks for your input Ralf, I apparently was not able to communicate my 
point and I don't want to get dragged into a back-and-forth on 
semantics. My point was simply that, as a multimedia producer, I find 
there are _many_ more options available today outside the "central 
repository" model than there were just a few years ago. This is a good 
thing for FOSS and seemingly a bad thing for Ubuntu Studio. Newest 
versions of the best FOSS multimedia software can be easily downloaded 
from their respective sites or installed via snaps or flatpacks, and in 
my experience they are all fairly stable on multiple desktop environments.

While audio was a the primary reason I initially chose Ubuntu Studio it 
wasn't the only reason. I also do graphics, photography, video, 3D 
modeling, and web development. Ubuntu Studio was a great fit for a 
while, but today I don't find themed distributions useful for my purposes.

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