Computer Music #129 article about Ubuntu Studio

Steven Davies-Morris sdavmor at
Fri Sep 12 19:00:59 BST 2008

Luis de Bethencourt wrote:
> On 9/12/08, Steven Davies-Morris <sdavmor at> wrote:
>> 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.
>>  ---RM
>> --
>>  Cheers, SDM -- a 21st Century Schizoid Man
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> I agree with you. Having fingers point at us is always good, but we
> disagree with the image they gave from us.
> Luckily the ones that know us, will know better. And some of the ones
> that don't know us to give it a try and see it is better. The bad
> thing is more people would've been interested with a better report.
> But having some new users, is more than we can ask from them and we
> thank them. Let's hope next time they send us an email and we help
> them do a great article for the magazine.
> Luis

That last part has been on my mind ever since I saw the CM article, 
wanting a much more in-depth examination.  A letter to them from the 
"Ubuntu Studio team" introducing the team, who y'all are, etc., might 
be a shrewd move, to establish a contact point/person at both CM & US.
Cheers, SDM -- a 21st Century Schizoid Man
Systems Theory internet music project: <>
on MySpace: <>
on Last FM: <>
get "Codetalkers" *free* at <>
NP: nothing

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