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Ubuntu's A Fading Memory, PCLinuxOS and 64 Studio Are Fab. So Far.

Jun 20, 2009, 11:02 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"64 Studio is a highly-regarded Debian- and Ubuntu-compatible multimedia-creation distribution. It's rock-solid stable and usable out of the box, without any special tweaks. I tried Ubuntu Studio first because I'm writing a book on audio production using Audacity, and since Ubuntu has so much name recognition that seemed like the obvious choice to base the book's examples on. But Ubuntu Studio proved to be nearly unusable for me, and it required numerous post-installation tweaks to make it suitable for multimedia production. I thought the idea of a special Studio distribution was for all the necessary customizations to be the default. Stock Ubuntu and Kubuntu with the same tweaks were more stable.

"But after many months of struggling to make K/Ubuntu perform satisfactorily enough was enough. First I tried Fedora 10 with the Planet CCRMA packages, and it was all right but still a slowpoke. My studio PC has an Athlon 64 CPU, two GB RAM, and nice SATA 3.0 hard disks. Quite a respectable amount of horsepower that should not be bogging down on routine operations such as changing views in Audacity, scrolling, opening files, and such. It's had all the usual tweaks to improve performance: unnecessary services turned off, no screensaver, real-time kernel, and so on."

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