Guide to the TechWeb Network


The InformationWeek -- Blogs
Open Source Blog

Topics:   Open Source

  • Email this page E-mail this page
  • |  Print this page Print this page
  • |   Bookmark and Share

Linux Distro Of The Week: 64 Studio


Posted by Serdar Yegulalp, Jul 27, 2007 04:48 PM

In 1989, a company called New England Digital demonstrated a $100,000+ all-digital audio workstation suite. Things are a bit cheaper now.

In fact, it’s a little scary to think how I can accomplish most everything that $100K machine could do on a desktop computer that only costs several hundred bucks. Plus the cost of the software, of course -- assuming there is a cost...

Consider 64 Studio, which packs a whole slew of free and open source multimedia (music and video) content-creation applications such as Ardour, Hydrogen, and JAMin into a 64-bit Debian-derived Linux distribution. The 64-bitness is pretty deliberate: With applications like audio and video creation, having unimpeded access to as much memory as you can is always a good idea. Upgrades are provided through the apt-get package system, so you can keep the whole system current with only a couple of mouse clicks.

The distribution itself is free, and the creators are preparing a technical support purchase option along the lines of what Canonical charges for Ubuntu (which is about $250 a year per user). One major missing element: Because of patent issues, no support for MP3 is shipped with the distribution, but there are workarounds suggested for this in the documentation. There’s no live CD option, either, so you do need to commit a partition to trying it out.

But if you’re curious about building a Linux workstation specifically for multimedia creation and want a distribution that has most of the important stuff already there, give this one a whirl.


« Energy Star PCs: Not A Heap Of Green To Be Saved | Main | Are The Carriers Killing Business Mobility? »



Tomorrow's CIO: Do you have what it takes?
Find out at the 2008 InformationWeek 500 Conference
Sept. 14-16, St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach, Calif.


Sign up now for the weekly InformationWeek Blog Newsletter.


This is a public forum. United Business Media and its affiliates are not responsible for and do not control what is posted herein. United Business Media makes no warranties or guarantees concerning any advice dispensed by its staff members or readers.

Community standards in this comment area do not permit hate language, excessive profanity, or other patently offensive language. Please be aware that all information posted to this comment area becomes the property of United Business Media LLC and may be edited and republished in print or electronic format as outlined in United Business Media's Terms of Service.

Important Note: This comment area is NOT intended for commercial messages or solicitations of business.






  1. Google Gets Chatty, Creates New iPhone Instant Messaging Program
  2. Powerset Grab Shows Microsoft's Commitment To Search
  3. Why Are So Many People Freaking Out About The Unlocked iPhone's $700 Price Tag?
  4. Vint Cerf Says Government Needs To Encourage Internet Competition
  5. An iPhone With A Slide-Out QWERTY?


  1. Apple Drops Price Of MacBook Air
  2. Google Employees Warned Of Data Breach At Benefits Company
  3. 'Containers' Out Perform Virtualization For KV Pharmaceuticals
  4. Mobile Music A $7.3 Billion Industry By 2011
  5. IBM Develops Audio Masking Technology To Protect Call Center Recordings
  6. IBM Back On Top Of Server Market

 
 

  Ars Technica
Boing Boing
Channel 9 Forums
CRN Blogs
Dr.Dobb's Portal: Blogs
Engadget
Gizmodo
GrokLaw
  Lifehacker
Schneier on Security
Slashdot
TechCrunch
Techdirt
Techmeme
Valleywag

  FEBRUARY 2008
JANUARY 2008
DECEMBER 2007
NOVEMBER 2007
OCTOBER 2007
SEPTEMBER 2007
AUGUST 2007
JULY 2007
  JUNE 2007
MAY 2007
APRIL 2007
MARCH 2007
FEBRUARY 2007
JANUARY 2007
DECEMBER 2006
NOVEMBER 2006