On Sunday 20 January 2008 16:27, Dave Phillips wrote:
Thanks Dave for the feedback, it'll be interesting to try it on different
It's nice to see that someone has taken a first step in porting an audio app
to Linux, that was previously only available for Windows, or Mac. Yes you
have to pay for the full version, but I don't think that there is anything
inherently wrong with that. There are many nice synths that are available for
Windows/Mac, and yes, they arn't cheap. I've tried demo's of many of them on
XP, and also tried them under wine, but with limited success. Admittadly not
recently, and perhaps the latest wine may give better results, but certainly
if they were ported to Linux, it wouldn't be the hit and miss affair that it
is, trying to get them to work under wine.
I bought Making Waves (a step sequencer) some years ago, and was getting quite
used to using it on XP, but never could get the demo version to run properly
under wine. Locked up, using 100% CPU when trying to access my soundfiles, so
as to load one of them. When first run it would create an .ini file in wine,
and would play the demo ok, but would do nothing the next time I tried to run
it, unless I deleted the .ini file, and then restarted it.
Trying my paid for version under wine, and after consulting with the Making
Waves folks about running it on Linux, they were prepared to provide me with
the necessary code to enable it. The problem was that the code box is
supposed to give you a set of numbers, then you give the Making Waves guys
the numbers, and they give you the code to enter. All I got trying it on
Linux under wine was a set of 0's in the code box, and couldn't activate my
paid for version.
Looking back at what I've just written, something comes to mind. We in the
Linux world, and speaking personally, are used to being able to install as
many instances of Hydrogen for example, on as many distros as we like. Not so
when you have paid for a licence to use Renoise for example. Usually this on
a one machine/os basis. Making Waves though were a bit liberal on this, and
provided codes for my XP machine in England, and also for my XP machine in
France, but that is some time ago.
I appreciate that these software providers want to protect their interests,
and don't want to be, as it were, ripped off, but just wonder how they might
deal with the Linux world of many different distros, and users who have paid
the licence fee, but want to try the app on their different distros, to just
see how it performs.
Just a thought, and I suppose we'll just have to see how this pans out.
Sunday afternoon, now evening ramblings.
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