[PD] Audiopint [WAS: Re: [OT] slightly: building audio computer with PD]

Derek Holzer derek at umatic.nl
Wed Jan 2 21:47:46 CET 2008

OK, on a roll!

David Merrill's Audiopint got mentioned before on this list, since it's 
a headless box running Linux + PD. Fantastic project, very 
well-documented! Here's his install instruction for Ubuntu Edgy:


He suggests mounting /var and /tmp on a ramdisk using /etc/fstab. 
Couldn't be simpler!

Where did people suggest to get ITX boards, if mini-itx.com is so 


Derek Holzer wrote:
> Come to think of it, are there any Linux distros for x86 architectures 
> which don't use this multi-user/networked server paradigm and instead 
> follow the "embedded" model more closely? This would be very interesting 
> for exactly the situations I describe, where you would want the computer 
> to behave more like a dedicated DSP unit or something similar, which 
> just gets switched on and off with the mains like everything else in the 
> rack without fooling around with screen, mouse or keyboard. I suppose a 
> pushbutton wired to a "shutdown" script might do the trick too, but I'd 
> rather go with something more bulletproof and requiring less attention.
> best,
> d.
> Derek Holzer wrote:
>> The whole idea of read-only is for two reasons:
>> 1) To protect the HD in case of unexpected shutdowns (which could happen 
>> nightly in a typical museum situation)
>> 2) To preserve the CF memory, which has a limited number of write 
>> cycles, in the case of a HD-less system
>> If the computer needs to be networked, then you might be moving away 
>> from the situation I have in mind, mainly an audio/video system in a 
>> gallery or museum. Another situation for this would be a "headless" 
>> computer for live stage performance, where you would often be powering 
>> it up and down like any other effects unit or sound module. (Unless 
>> you're one of those weirdos that likes typing on the laptop in front of 
>> crowds...)

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