[PD] PD/Audio in redhat or suse

Pall Thayer palli at pallit.lhi.is
Tue Mar 1 21:54:08 CET 2005

I've been using Redhat and Fedora for several years on Thinkpads. They 
just handed me a new R51 at work to replace my old R31. Of course the 
first thing I have to do whenever they give me a new laptop is to toss 
Windows and install Linux. This time, I had limited time as I got the 
new laptop yesterday and had to return the old one today. So instead of 
upgrading to Fedora 3 (downloading all the iso's) I decided to put 
Fedora 2 on because I had it laying around. Fedora and Redhat have 
always been problematic on these Thinkpads. There's always something 
that doesn't work or doesn't work as it should. I had my old one running 
rather well, was using CCRMA's repository, all the necessary software 
worked but 802.11 was problematic and I couldn't use any power 
management features because then the mouse pointer would start jumping 
all over the screen, opening a multitude of windows and just going 
berserk. So this time, I hoped that IBM had done something different so 
that a basic Fedora 2 install would just work. No such luck. But I still 
didn't have time to download all the FC3 iso's so I decided to try 
Ubuntu (just one iso to download) and it's great. Everything works 
(well, except I had to download and install some specific stuff for 
802.11) and in their apt repository they have PD, jack, externals and 
all sorts of stuff. True, Ubuntu doesn't come with KDE but you can 
install it from their apt 'Universe' repository.

Pretty cool distro. I even ordered 15 cd's from them to distribute at 
work (they pay for shipping and everything, you don't pay a dime). I've 
been hammering away at it all day and the only problem I've had so far 
was with Rosegarden4. I think it just needs some extra KDE stuff.


ix at replic.net wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 01, 2005 at 12:43:52PM -0800, Ian Smith-Heisters wrote:
>>What about Ubuntu? There are some fantastic Pd packages for debian, and 
>>I'm pretty sure Ubuntu takes that and adds an installation and 
>>ease-of-use to rival Suse, Redhat, and anyone else. Plus, apt is a 
>>better package manager than most out there, except emerge and 
>>arch-linux's, imho.
> afaik - Ubuntu takes a "snapshot" of debian-unstable every 6 months. only a few selected apps are updated more often (say Firefox, that sort of thing). whatever audio packages guenter and agnula ppl etc maintain for debian are praobably not on that short-list. plus, it does not have KDE..
> chances are, youre going to end up compiling from source anyways, to get a patch or newer version of something that youre interested in. gentoo is the easiest by far for this, since usually you dont even have to get a tarball as an ebuild proably already exists unless the release is 3 seconds old.. for slower machines, debian unstable does not require compiling thigns you dont WANT to compile, but still has lots of niceties like 'make-kpkg' to make things easier...i found it impossible to fix basic things on suse that werent configured right by the automated/GUI tools it included..
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