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all about electro-music production on Ubuntu 9.10
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 9:20 pm    Post subject: all about electro-music production on Ubuntu 9.10 Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Since Ubuntu's released Ubuntu 9.10, I'd like to start this thread to invite you all who's on Ubuntu to update on our new experience from Ubuntu 9.10. There're more and more applications for electronic/experimental music and other multimedia production added to the debian/Ubuntu community, and I feel many Linux musicians are moving to Ubuntu.

I'll start with some of my experience first:
My workaround for RME Hammerfall Multiface firmware not loaded problem on Ubuntu 9.10 (there's no such problem in 9.04) - http://kijjaz.exteen.com/20091117/rme-hammerfall-multiface-firmware-not-loaded-in-ubuntu-9-10
Compiling and Installing miniAudicle (ChucK programming language IDE) - http://kijjaz.exteen.com/20091102/compiling-and-installing-miniaudicle-and-chuck-on-ubuntu-9-1
Installing pd-extended (downloadable as a .deb package from puredata.info) - http://kijjaz.exteen.com/20091005/installing-pd-extended-on-ubuntu-9-10-beta
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

kijjaz, thanks for the instructions on compiling ChucK under Ubuntu 9.10 - I must get around to updating my Ubuntu and installing ChucK on it. How do I update Ubuntu to 9.10?

Les

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Inventor: You can upgrade from your Ubuntu 9.04 with update-manager -c but actually I really recommend a clean install from the install CD/DVD.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks, kijjaz!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Have you used studioubuntu? It's an official release from the ubuntu team, for the purpose of multimedia and audio production. It has a few key features that differentiate it from the usual ubuntu releases. These are largely focused around the kernel: The normal ubuntu release is built with kernel options for a user or server environment. Studioubuntu uses preemptive and low-latency modifications in the kernel (replacing the normal scheduler, adding a few realtime timers, preemptive tasks, etc) that really allow the system to be much more responsive to realtime data, like audio!

http://ubuntustudio.org/

Since it tracks the Ubuntu team (as an official release), it is often released at the same time Smile So, there is a 9.10 version available!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I'm there man, here's my setup: I bought an Acer Aspire netbook and got an Ubuntu release that installed itself in 40MB of the disk (it took 1/4 of the disk for itself, how well behaved!). What's my next move to convert this to Ubuntu Studio?

Les

p.s. I'm not so good at IT stuff, so assume a layperson audience...

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I'm not sure exactly: clean install is one option. The other option, might be that ubuntu studio might have a different config for the synaptic (apt-get) updater ( so you add the studioubuntu repository url's to synaptic, and then updating the kernel (in particular) to the preemptive one should be an option. I think.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Clean Install is the best option for me, I want a fresh start. I want Ubuntu to have half of the disk, not one quarter of it. What do I do next?

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 7:31 am    Post subject: Ubuntu Studio Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

1. install: ubuntustudio-desktop
2. install: ubuntustudio-default-settings
3. install: ubuntustudio-audio
4. install. ubuntustudio-audio-plugins

You can read more here:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuStudio

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Inventor wrote:
Clean Install is the best option for me, I want a fresh start. I want Ubuntu to have half of the disk, not one quarter of it. What do I do next?

Les


By 1/4, you mean when the partition editor only uses 1 partition, and it's only 1/4 of the total? Often the editor will make several partitions, which can hide everything that's there:
/ (root)
/home (your stuff here)
/var ( shared stuff, programs you build, compile space, etc)

/swap is special, and needed.
/boot is also impertant, but can be very small.

If you want as much space available without knowing in advance how to split it up, during the install choose to do the partitioning manually. Then create
/swap. (1 or 2x your ram size)
/boot (100mb is large here)
/ (root) (linux will automatically put everything else here. In fact if you don't make boot, it will also end up here. But swap must be seperate.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 5:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Yes. I'm also using the rt kernel that was compiled for lower-latency multimedia use especially for helping Jack running with real-time mode for better CPU with lower latency comparing to a generic kernel.

But maybe I still haven't pushed the CPU that much. When I used real-time mode on generic kernel, it is still often smooth, but yeah the rt kernel is even smoother I can feel.

From Ubuntu clean install, we can install linux-rt for the whole real-time pre-emptive kernel & kernel modules & kernel headers.
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