After buying renoise - Should i use linux or windows 7?

… i have to buy a new pc this year.

i am using renoise only with native plugins and xrni’s (maybe testing uhe’s linux).

i have propellerheads balance ausio interface for now but i can live with asio or alsa on linux.

should i buy a linux (ubuntu lts) laptop only or should i stay with windows 7,8,10 etc.

i am going to use lot of tools from the renoise site (wich are not all linux compatible maybe).



If you can use only linux then I don’t know why you wouldn’t. You don’t mention other things you might want to use Windows for (Office, Photoshop etc).

Renoise runs very well in linux so if that’s your only concern go for it. You can choose a distro that is lighter on resources than Windows, you don’t have to pay for a license and your system will be open source. Whether any of that is important to you is down to you I suppose.

Almost all the tools work in linux, I think the only ones that don’t are ones that have to launch an external program. Like the timestretch tool, but I think even that works now. So if that’s really all you’re going to do, then linux should be fine. You can always just buy windows later, or you can also just install linux later, either way. If the laptop you’re getting is the same price either way I’d get the windows just to have it.

Odds are the machine you buy will have Windows installed (though you can get laptops.desktops with some form of Ubuntu on it instead).

Get that, and then create recovery disks so you can re-install Windows if you need to.

I’ve been using laptops with easily removable hard drives so that I can run Windows or Ubuntu as needed.

You can also install Ubuntu to allow for dual boot.

I tend to do most things on Ubuntu, but every so often I find something works better with Renoise on Windows (generally related to external hardware).


thank you for your answers !

i am going with windows 7 (not 8 :blink: )

Windows 8.1 isn’t so bad these days. When I picked up a new laptop in summer and it came with Windows 8, I had every intention to buy a copy of Windows 7 (which I use on another laptop), but I figured I’d give 8 a spin since it was already installed. Once I had downloaded the 8.1 upgrade and tweaked the settings (e.g. booting directly to desktop view), it ran surprisingly well and didn’t feel much different from 7. I’d say it boots faster even. So unless you can freely choose between 7 and 8, I’d not pay extra for 7. (A year ago I’d have felt differently about this.)

As for Windows vs. Linux (and I realize you’ve already decided), I’d go with Linux if I didn’t depend on Windows for other stuff, e.g. work. It’s a much more fun OS, especially if you like tinkering, though I’d go with ArchLinux over Ubuntu. Well, actually, I’d probably consider a Mac, if I didn’t need Windows. :slight_smile:

Anyway, the beauty of Renoise is that it’ll run anywhere.

Stick with Window$…

I would never touch it though. I use linux for everything.

Lubuntu here, using Renoise for about a year on linux, it crashed twice since then, because of buggy tools and plugins.

I switched to native linux vsts (discodsp, u-he, modartt, loomer) and since Alchemy went down the drain I got stuck there. it also fits with this “limiting myself” to only a few plugins. and it seems pretty future-proof also. And more fun.

If you have null experience with linux, make shure you get a computer with a windows license, and in restorable/reinstallable ways in case you fuck up your computer experimenting with linux.

Linux is great, I haven’t touched windows for many many years. Sometimes, for some people it’ll just work easily, and will do everything they want out of the box. But many people have bad luck, with bad hardware/driver constellations, or trip into immature software problems. Dig most of the stuff that’ll come with a linux system is really free open source software, that’ll bring the programmers very little or no money at all, so it’s not always playing nice as you’d wish to. These problems can lead to the decision to either spend a lot of time to learn about internals, and how to fix and configure things and such in esoteric ways, or to drop linux and go back to windows. Better you have a win license ready at that point. Linux has evolved a lot, but it comes from a world of hackers where almost every user was capable of doing stuff themselves, and that philosophy is still in the back of the mind. Nowadays there’ll be many helpful (more or less, depending on them being fags or gurus) people in linux forums and such that have already been through the process of learning how to fix things, and those might help you as a beginner as opposed to the rtfm mentality of the early years. But it’s still much homebrew diy stuff going on. Good, because you can tune your box in ways that you never could with windows, but bad because much stuff is technical complicated as fuck.

Try it out, you’ll see. Renoise runs well on Linux.