Linux DAW on powerpc (was "pulse?")

Luke Yelavich themuso at
Wed Jan 28 06:33:18 GMT 2009

On Sun, Jan 25, 2009 at 11:59:52PM EST, Khashayar Naderehvandi wrote:
> >
> > You're completely off the mark with Ubuntu ppc. It's already done, and
> > works, maintained as a community project. Package selection is large (as
> > large as any other ubuntu from what i can see), and one can install from
> > source without a hassle. I have RG 1.7.3svn running on my G4 a.k.a. UBUNTU
> > HARDY PPC, as well as ardour 2, AND ardour 3. All installed from source
> > without any extra pain or hassle. (Only missing the RT kernel)
> >
> This sounds interesting.
> I have an old iBook G4 with 768M of ram, running as a sort of server
> currently. Would you recommend that machine as a Linux DAW instead? I
> always thought it would be too slow for that sort of thing.

With the apps available today, I would say yes it is too slow. You'd probably want a minimum of a G4 1.42Ghz. A dual CPU G4 as low as 800MHz may work well enough if you were to use a minimal desktop 
environment, shut down unneeded services, etc.

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