I have a registered Windows copy, registered VST instruments and of course registered ReNoise, plus lots of freeware stuff for Internet, file viewing, audio, graphics, programming.
I would switch to Linux only if it would be a better solution for me, which at the moment is is not, and not because of the registered stuff, but because there is no good replacement for ReNoise+VST on Linux (don’t tell me about Windows emulators, because that would be just ridicolous since I own a registered copy of Windows…)
the linux operating system and x window system have optimization for performance and usability as their primary objective. MS windows is hampered in it’s ability to be a stable and performance oriented operating platform by several factors:
-it’s already the most widespread so it doesn’t have to exert itself to gain users.
-it contains proprietary microsoft products that come integrated into the OS and reduce system performance.
-there is a documented (since win98 i think) memory leak that drops 28bytes out of your total memory pool whenever you exit an application (hence the necessity to reboot periodically)
-it is the most virus and spyware prone OS in existance, hence necessitating virus scanners and spybots which have to sit in the background if you know what’s good for you, and take up processing slices.
i’m sure there;s more but that’s just off the top of my head.
-linux tends to be designed so that the user can configure it to be optimal for the tasks the user prefers.(for example: the agnula project which is revamped distros of redhat and debian, optimized for AUDIO and video)
-problems in the OS stability are reported to an army of fanatical coders who swarm on them and polish them out.
-it’s free so it’s not trying to sell you something every three seconds.
also, i think that if more people made music on linux (esp w/ renoise) it would add some really useful momentum to a vital developing subculture in the computer user world.
try agnula, suse, debian or redhat for optimal sound card support. and if you have any problems, Google it. linux has a huge support base (made up of users!) and you can find a walk through for just about every procedure…
I don’t think you have to worry about your card being supported. There are some problems with certain hardware, but if you won’t try it you won’t know about it. But Mandrake 10.0 works fine on both my computers and also on some of my freinds’ computers. Just try it.
About the software: there is software of this kind for Linux. I know several wave editiors, but the most commonly used is Audacity. audacity.sourceforge.net
Don’t think of miracles. All those applications are developed by guys who do it just because of their passion. Audacity won’t be as powerful as Audition or SoundForge, Ardour is not the second ProTools, MusE is not as good as Logic, but I think that many people don’t use 60% of features of those ultra-powerful programs. At least I don’t. On the other hand, Linux is incredibly nice to configure, you can change everything here, there are millions of tweaks you can do to increase performance. I would really love to have Renoise on Linux, not only because of that, but also because Linux is just better OS - more stable, more configureable and free. Although it requires time to get used to it. It’s the only price you have to pay.
I’ve always wanted to try Linux. It sort of looks like Amiga Workbench
I am personally seriously tired of Windows. It seems outdated to me. I’ve had the advanced OS/X since 2001 and it’s phat, BUT…
Windows is ‘the standard’, so I use it most of the time. Yes, I can live without Windows (once Renoise goes to OS/X!), but if you run Windows, you have 95% of what you need. (VST pluggins aren’t usually cross platform either)
If you want to use Linux as an audio OS, there are some things you should consider before deciding anything:
Linux is incredibly cool as long as you like the “linux way”. That is to say that you are in control over about anything, but you need the skills to handle it. On Linux, configuring everything took about 3x the time as on windows, but i had 3x more control
Linux has something that is very superior for audio: JACK. Jack is something like ReWire except that you can connect everything that supports the Jack driver. No master or slaves! You can take the output of a program and route it to an FX rack, then route it to your DAW.
The easiest ways of getting a linux based audio workstation are:
Last month in one of professional Polish music production magazines there was an article about music programs on Linux. In this month’s issue of Linux+ magazine in Poland there’s an article about Linux in recordi studio.
In other words, Linux is getting more popular and more important in audio production. I think that things can only get better now.
it seems like the DeMuDi Agnula build is proceeding in it’s development so there’s at least enough interest in a specialized multimedia savvy build of Linux to keep development moving. Hearing that there is press about Linux as a music prodution platform is really comforting to me. ever since i started working in linux i’ve wanted to migrate my computer operations over to it entirely. the linux community is so friendly and the interconnectivity of linux applications means you can creat really cool sets of program interactions. considering how well linuxruns on my laptop, and some issues i recently had at a live gig, i look forward to running renoise in KDE one day.
This thread looks very interesting to me. I’m also fed up with using Windows, and a Linux-version of Renoise would be an excellent treat to help me indulge myself in learning a new OS… So, I guess question goes out to the Renoise-developers; how difficult would this be? Is it something you have considered, or is it just too complicated to do?
I think that making a Linux port is same difficult as making Mac portt. Anyway those two systems (Mac OS and Linux) have some things in common (lfor example the kernel of both is compatible with POSIX).