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Keeping In Touch: A Guide To Linux Audio Comm Channels

Jul 14, 2009, 12:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Phillips)

"Mail Lists
The mail list is alive and well for the Linux audio community. The Linux Audio Developers (LAD) site links to the LAD list as well as to the lists for the Linux Audio Users (LAU) group and the Linux Audio Announce (LAA) service. The LAD and LAU lists are typically active and cover a broad range of Linux sound-related topics. The LAA list is an announcement-only list with relatively lighter traffic. These lists are all open to the public and have searchable archives of past traffic. A very broad range of topics comes under discussion on the lists, and I advise searching those archives for answers to common audio-related problems.

"Forums
Nathan R. Hale's LinuxMusicians.com tops my short list of engaging Linux audio forums. The character of the site tends towards music production, as does the Ardour forum. Other Linux sound applications maintain similar forums for users and developers. The users forum for the LinuxSampler is a typical example, with a variety of sections for general and specific discussion topics.

"While looking for help during my recent experiences with Ubuntu Studio I found Ubuntu's Multimedia Production and Multimedia & Video forums. The Multimedia Production forum has a focus similar to LinuxMusicians.com, with a wider scope, while the Multimedia & Video forum primarily addresses non-production performance issues. I haven't checked, but it's likely that most mainstream Linux distributions include some discussion regarding their audio implementations."

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