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Building Linux Audio Applications 101: A User's Guide, Part 1

Sep 02, 2009, 18:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Phillips)

"This tutorial is written for users and developers who already know about Linux and who know how to use a Linux system. I'll demonstrate how to turn source code into software, using freely available tools and utilities common to almost every version of Linux. We will focus on the development of audio processing software. Linux has a powerful infrastructure for audio applications developers, and I hope that the material presented here will help new and seasoned developers alike as they venture into the world of programming Linux for music and sound.

"Mainstream Linux distributions tend to be somewhat conservative about program versions. The distribution maintainers want stable and proven versions for their products, understandably so. Curiously, for all the chatter about Linux being for programmers only, the mainstream distributions are aimed squarely at the desktop. As a result, many popular distributions do not include the most current version of program X or utility Z. In Linux, it often happens that the very new is also the very unsupported. Mainstream Linux distributions may not have the dependencies or the specific versions of the dependencies required by an application, which leaves the user to do one of three things: You can wait until the distribution acquires the desired program in its package repositories, you can look for something else to do the job, or you can try to build the software yourself."

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