I understand your point, but I'll take power over ease any day.
Nevertheless, I agree with you re: the new user. If new users are going
to get into this stuff they need a lot of hand-holding, and this is true
regardless of platform. It is a matter of design.
> In my view, It's up to the developpers to sort out the issues of
Again, I still agree with your basic contention. Software should never
ignore the user's potential for confusion, especially when the software
in question is complex by nature. Ah, but how to balance access and
power, that is the question. Classic Csound resolves the issue by
tossing it out the window, i.e. you are required to learn its language
or you will be limited by the design limitations of whatever front-end
you prefer (though some are certainly better than others). I don't
disagree with that tack, but it's difficult to attract new users without
giving them polished and shiny GUIs. That's not a complaint, it's just
"where we at" in the general sound & music software world.
> Linux is a great platform but it has miles to cover before it can
In other words, if you want a better out-of-the-box Linux audio
experience then you should open a more appropriate box.
Btw, please don't take this commentary as a personal jab. I truly
believe that more problems come from new (and not so new) users naively
believing that *any* Linux distro is good enough for pro-quality audio
performance, if they just toss in the right kernel, and set those
priorities, and find the necessary drivers and firmware, and tweak those
JACK and ALSA settings... Gahh, what a pile of work, and it usually
results in the conclusion that Linux just isn't up to the task. The
conclusion is wrong because the starting premise (i.e. the distro) was
Setup for my last two installs (JAD and 64 Studio) was anything but a
bitch. Yes, I still had to tweak a few things, because I have a rather
complicated setup here, but I have an advantage in knowing exactly what
I'm doing (or who to ask ;).
Of course, if you *are* using an optimized distro then you're having
problems that need to be communicated to the maintainers.
> Usability out of the box is the biggest challenge. Everyone working on
Thanks for sharing your POV, Marc. Please continue to do so. :)
Linux-audio-user mailing list