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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:36 am    Post subject: Eee Pc 1000 Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hi Linux Guys,

I have just ordered one of these to take on my travels as basically a word processor/email/web/photo storage machine.

Now I quite fancy having some music software installed to play with, especially supercollider.

From what I can see the easiest dist to load up is Mandriva but it looks like you can get some of the others working.

What is a recommended dist for supercollider and any other nice music apps I might want? Would Mandrive work?

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I have all that stuff running on Ubuntu Studio. Have you looked into that?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks for the pointer.

Just had a little look and it looks like the RTKernel doesn't work out of the box on the eee pc.

There is a version eeeXubuntu http://wiki.eeeuser.com/ubuntu:eeexubuntu:home?s=eeexubuntu maybe I will try that.

Any recommendations for good free or cheap apps to stick on it?

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

well in the free as in freedom (and beer) category, here's a few you could use:

- Ardour
- Audacity
- BEAST
- GNU Denomo
- Hexter
- Hydrogen
- MusE
- MuseScore
- PureData
- QSynth
- Rosegarden
- Seq24
- SooperLooper
- Sound Recorder
- ZynAddSubFX

Consider which sound system(s) you want, ALSA, OSS, JACK. There are utilities you would use with those such as mixers and patchers too.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks very much for this list.



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I just discovered the EEE machines a couple of weeks ago. These new Atom powered ones interest me. The battery life of these things is a real bonus for hardcore users. My current laptop burns my legs and runs out of power in 2.5 hours, even if I am just reading text on it. Music work or anything else involved means that I need to plug it in... which for me defeats the purpose of having a laptop. These little EEEs seem to offer well thought out features.

I can't afford now, but I might get one later in the year. I could see Pure:Dyne going on there.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 2:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Yep they look pretty neat.

I am taking a year off and going on some travels so wanted a small and light notebook with a solid state disk to take with me, they seemed the ideal choice and amazing value really.

I will keep you updated, should be arriving in the next hour.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Bricked it already, don't you love linux. Now where are those xp disks?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

If you truly bricked it (no boot record working), just try using a Knoppix LiveCD, or the Ubuntu LiveCD. From there, you can fdisk the drive, and restart.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Booting was ok, got it back using the linux recovery disk it came with after a bit of arseing around getting it onto a usb stick.

Also managed to partially get Ubuntu on, apart from lots of the hardware not working.

The problem is these 1000 machines are new and all the Linux geeks haven't sorted out getting everything working yet.

Linux sysadmin is definitely not my strong point.

Off to try to build the network drivers now. I can see myself giving up and paying Microsoft for yet another copy of XP though. Bugger.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 2:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

You might try going back to the original OS and trying to see if their distro has any of the music apps in package form.

I'll go read up on their website and see what all is involved.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks for the interest.


I have networking now in Ubunto, there was another kernel I found with the correct drivers installed.

Now just trying to work out where the second HD has gone!

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Ok got the HD back, hooray.

Ubuntu seems to be working pretty well now, better than the default dist in fact!

Installing supercollider now.....

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Supercollider installed and sound coming out, amazing!
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In the end decided to give more money to Bill, sad really but the software I want is there and payed for and it works.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Bob, did you ever go back to Linux, now that 6 months have passed, and eeePC's are almost ubiquitous?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 12:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Nope, It is still running XP.

It is a good little machine, I took it around Asia in a rucksack, it got bashed around a fair bit and kept working fine. Battery life is very good around 6 to 7 hours. The only real problem is that the solid state disks are slow for writing.
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