"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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