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Sound on Sound: Cutting Edge : The Future of Music Technology

Mar 19, 2003, 08:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Shapton)

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"In January's Cutting Edge, in a fit of wild speculation, I wrote about the possibility of Apple porting their OS X operating system to an Intel-based platform. Concluding that this was a possibility, albeit a remote one, I mentioned a new product that does actually run a derivative of Unix on Intel-based PCs and presents a similar friendly user experience. The product was called Lindows, and this name tells you exactly what it is: an attempt to make Linux look just like the user interface that the vast majority of us use outside the refined creative circles where the Mac rules the roost.

"Two things have happened since my original column. First, SOS ran an article in February 2003 about running music applications on Linux; and secondly, I now have a Lindows machine up and running. So I thought this was the ideal time to take a closer look at how a Lindows-based machine could be used in the studio.

"Now, it's important to bear in mind that, apart from the applications mentioned in the SOS article, such as Rosegarden, Lindows isn't a great platform to build your studio around--none of the big software manufacturers support it and aren't likely to in the short term. But Linux is relevant because if you use your studio computer for all your computing activities, including web-browsing, email, word processing and perhaps the odd spreadsheet, Lindows is an opportunity for you to liberate your studio workhorse computer from these mundane tasks, and transfer them to an incredibly cheap second computer that will probably cost you in its entirety, including software, less than a legal copy of Microsoft Office..."

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