Computer Music #129 article about Ubuntu Studio

Steven Davies-Morris sdavmor at
Fri Sep 12 17:54:44 BST 2008

Cory K. wrote:
> Steven Davies-Morris wrote:
>> Luis de Bethencourt wrote:
>>> The 6 scans can be downloaded and viewed from: 
>>> Awesome! Thanks Steven.
>>> Luis
>> You're welcome.  It doesn't tell us much we don't already know, 
>> and it would have been nice if there'd been one more page of text
>>  going a bit deeper into Ubuntu Studio.  But the fact that they'd
>>  give it 6 pages and show the range of apps and say such positive
>>  things about it is a very good sign that Ubuntu Studio is going 
>> to be taken seriously as a viable DAW environment.
> What sux, is the fact that they're *not* using Studio. It's some 
> completely messed up Ubuntu. Tons of icons. No Ardour or mention of
>  -rt. (that I can see yet) Didn't use the theme. We're pissed. It's
>  a misrepresentation.
> -Cory K.

Um...they added the icons onto the desktop of standard Ubuntu because
Windows users expect to see icons on the desktop? ;-)

as I said, it's just a surface scratch, and another page going into
more about Ubuntu Studio (i.e. real-time kernel) would have been nice.
But it's a start -- a useful signpost on the road, even if it's not
100% accurate. Certainly good enough to get people to take a look.

Here's the letter to the editor from the current issue of CM:

"Penguin Power"
Thank you for the Ubuntu feature in cm129 -- it's quite literally
changed the way I make music! I'd never even heard of Linux before,
but having been inspired by your tutorial, I'm now 100% Ubuntu
Studio-based when it comes to my music-making. I can't quite get my
head around the fact that all this software is free, but just as
powerful as many commercial systems.

I wholeheartedly recommend giving Ubuntu Studio a go to all your
readers. You've got nothing to lose, after all, apart from a bit of
hard-drive space!
---M.Haines, London.

[editor's response]
Can't argue with that. To see Linux as nothing more than an operating
system for the cash-strapped would be to do it and yourself a
disservice. Ubuntu Studio more than holds its own against Windows, OS
X and the music apps available for them -- give it a try; you can't
fail to be amazed.
Cheers, SDM -- a 21st Century Schizoid Man
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