Forging a new path.

Gustin Johnson gustin at
Sun Apr 12 19:32:34 BST 2009

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sandie wrote:
> Like every single one on this list, I have the utmost respect for the 
> Ubustu-team and their work.
> To me... the force of Ubustu is that I don't have to dualboot, I can use 
> the same distro for making music, online banking, python/php-programming 
> and games.
> There's are a lot of distros out there that's "audio-only", and allthou 
> I have tried most of them, I always come back to Ubustu, mainly because 
> of it's ability to do all the things I want to do on my computer.
> There is however two things that I find confusing with Ubustu.
> 1. I know that it's an unpopular subject, but I use wine for some audio 
> things, and by the traffic on my website where I host a script for 
> installing wineasio, I can see that I'm not the only one, but aparently 
> JAD is one of the only audio-distros that support wineasio ?
Wine and winasio is a support nightmare.  I know it is popular, but in
my experience, people who are interested in this contribute the least.

> 2. As I understand, most who use Ubustu for audio-purpose, doesn't use 
> Pulse. It's the first thing I disable when I install a fresh Ubustu, and 
> the most common question I get when I install it for a fellow mussician, 
> is why Ubustu doen't have a "without Pulse" option in the install, or 
> maybe just as an option in ubuntu-studio-controls ?
> I managed to make a small Python gui program that (among other things) 
> disables Pulse permanently or just for the sesion, but allthou it works 
> (at least on my pc), I don't understand half of the code myself.
I also disable pulse (sudo update-rc.d -f pulseaudio remove).  On my
system removing it completely (via one of the apt utilities) caused some
dependency issues, meaning that this could be a complicated problem.
Having said that I am not a fan of pulse, and was a little dismayed that
it was the solution to the perceived audio problems under Linux.
> I would love to contribute in any small way I can, but looking at the 
> packaging videos at youtube by MOTO, it became clear to me why I'm not a 
> developer :-) many of the things are total greek to me (and I'm not from 
> Greece), so I started trying to write some small Python apps to get a 
> better understanding of it all, but still... seeing just what it takes 
> to make a "simple" package, gives me more reason to admire the work you 
> all put into this.
> I am an exelent copy-paster and a skilled button clicker, but that's 
> all, even compiling a kernel is something that makes my head hurt.
> I know that it would mean more trivial work for the team, but perhaps a 
> more detailed "what can I do" would help in the long run.
It is not all about coding.  Documentation is at least as important but
even more tedious.  There is a number of options, from what I have seen
of Cory's posts, documentation and testing are at the top of the list.
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