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linux audio laptop recommendations?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 03, 2010 8:28 pm    Post subject: linux audio laptop recommendations? Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thinking ahead (not making an immediate move)...

My trusty MacBook Pro is getting a bit on in years (four years old now) -- no hardware problems to speak of yet, but this is approaching the mean time to fail for laptop hard drives. At the same time, I've been using puredyne Linux on a netbook and enjoying it a lot. (I'd also consider ubuntu studio but don't need the recent flashy gnome stuff - puredyne uses xfce4 which, while antiquated vis-à-vis UI features, is FAST.)

So I'm thinking... rather than wait for my MBP to die and then making a rush decision, better to research viable Linux audio machines now. (Also good to get a new machine and have plenty of time to configure it while the Mac is still up and running.)

I'm looking for:

- a laptop, to take out for live performances;
- fast CPU -- I intend this as my main production machine;
- it does not have to be especially lightweight -- I have a netbook for traveling;
- HD speed is valuable but not critical -- I mostly use supercollider and I'm not playing back multiple sound files at the same time (as is typical in DAWs);
- FireWire connector (or card slot for a FW adapter) is a must (my MOTU UltraLite still works perfectly and is old enough to be reportedly supported by FFADO).

I'm wondering what machines people recommend for reliability and performance. I heard on the sc-users list that ThinkPads were the most common machine at the last Linux audio conference, but I don't need to follow the crowd if there's something better.

Thanks for hints --
James

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