Re: [LAU] Help with configuring a laptop for Linux Audio work

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To: Len Ovens <len@...>
Cc: linux-audio-user <linux-audio-user@...>
Date: Monday, May 12, 2014 - 10:14 pm

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"Curious as to why you picked xubuntu over ubuntustudio."

I never used Ubuntustudio and in general I prefer the usual distro +
putting audio stuff on top myself. I don't like audio distros for some
reason, I guess they are too "designed" for me.

As for why I chose Xubuntu - I did not like Unity at all, even after
several times of trying.

On Tue, May 13, 2014 at 1:08 AM, Len Ovens wrote:

> On Mon, 12 May 2014, Louigi Verona wrote:

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"Curious as to why you picked xubuntu over =
ubuntustudio."I never used Ubuntustudio and in general I=
prefer the usual distro + putting audio stuff on top myself. I don't l=
ike audio distros for some reason, I guess they are too "designed&quot=
; for me.
As for why I chose Xubuntu - I did not like Unity at all, even af=
ter several times of trying.On Tue, May 13, 2014 at 1:08 AM=
, Len Ovens <len@ovenwerks.net> wrote:
On Mon, 12 May 2014, Louigi =
Verona wrote:

Nope, I had to install 3.8 as opposed to 3.2 which comes with Ubuntu. Looks=

like when you are buying a new laptop what you should do is put on the
latest system available and I typically try to stick with LTS.

LTS is 14.04 with a 3.11 kernel, 12.04 should be good for another year anyw=
ay. There are two 3.8 kernels though, there is the generic as well as the l=
owlatency. The low latency kernel seems to get less xruns in anything I hav=
e thrown at it. There were a few 3.8 kernels that had USB audio problems, b=
ut I am pretty sure the fix got put in so you should have it. (dmesg would =
show if there is a problem)

Interestingly enough, I very rarely go lower 512 frames, which is around
46ms. And for some reason, midi is always precise even on 1024. I did test<=
br>
this and I remember I did work on a system where it made a difference, but<=
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not now.

I should have been clear, I have been quoting qjackctl's version of lat=
ency, so at 48k 512 would be 21ms... probably that is a calculated one way =
trip through jackd and of course doesn't include card delay. Certainly =
it should be high enough that CPU governing doesn't matter too much.

I try to test before I buy if I can. Boot what you want to run from a memor=
y stick. Ubuntustudio's (if ubuntu is your thing) ISO probably has the =
SW or enough of it preinstalled to make testing possible running it live. O=
ther audio distros have live ISOs as well. I try to do the same thing with =
audio IFs. I walk in with my netbook and make sure it works with linux... a=
nd how well it works... can I see all the channels? can I hear them? (semi)=
pro audio is kind of hit and miss right now.

Curious as to why you picked xubuntu over ubuntustudio. Ubuntustudio is bas=
ed on xubuntu, but has audio set up out of the box and with 14.04LTS allows=
selection at install time of which SW not to install that is on the live I=
SO. Though, to be honest, I don't know what happens to packages those a=
pplications depend on if you don't install them. For example KDEnlive w=
ould have the kde libs on the ISO. If the KDE apps are not selected, do the=
kde libs still get installed? I'll have to ask. ubiquity does do some =
sort of clean up at the end of the install.

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Len Ovens
www.ovenwerks.net

-- Louigi Veronahttp://www.louigiverona.ru/

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Messages in current thread:
[LAU] Help with configuring a laptop for Linux Audio work, Louigi Verona, (Mon May 12, 7:46 am)
Re: [LAU] Help with configuring a laptop for Linux Audio work, Federico Galland, (Tue May 13, 11:10 pm)
Re: [LAU] Help with configuring a laptop for Linux Audio work, Louigi Verona, (Mon May 12, 10:14 pm)
Re: [LAU] Help with configuring a laptop for Linux Audio work, Jeremy Jongepier, (Mon May 12, 8:24 am)
Re: [LAU] Help with configuring a laptop for Linux Audio work, Jeremy Jongepier, (Mon May 12, 9:08 am)
Re: [LAU] Help with configuring a laptop for Linux Audio work, Jeremy Jongepier, (Mon May 12, 9:27 am)
Re: [LAU] Help with configuring a laptop for Linux Audio work, Jeremy Jongepier, (Mon May 12, 9:36 am)
Re: [LAU] Help with configuring a laptop for Linux Audio work, Jeremy Jongepier, (Mon May 12, 11:15 am)
Re: [LAU] Help with configuring a laptop for Linux Audio work, Harry van Haaren, (Mon May 12, 7:54 am)