I began writing a response to the latest posts to "Where we're at . . . " and realized that this might just want to be a thread of its own. There was some good input to the idea of Linux and/or other (alternative) Operating Systems dedicated to Music Creation, and I'd like to see where it might go.
That was a week ago last Saturday, right? (April 1st.) Unless you're serious, and you really don't know anyone running an "ix" OS.Originally Posted by keithjfuller
"Linux" is a double-edged sword. While it's an incredibly flexible and efficient operating system, that very flexibility has led to a proliferation of variants that boggles the mind. Just to give you an idea of the possibilities: I've got some '386 and '486 machines running versions of Linux that literally outperform my Pentium machines running Windoze. Networking and file sharing support is built into all of these OSes. Obsolescence of machines isn't an "in your face" issue.
The other edge of the blade is that not all applications will run on all variants of the OS. Some need to be recompiled to run on a particular release. That leads to a need for some uniformity . . . which in turn invites that bane of all of us: proprietary approaches, closed systems, and monopolies. None of this contributes to the need expressed earlier -- for a turnkey system that a musician can plug into and make music.
I don't intend to present negativity here. Rather, I'm wanting to be realistic about the situation, and have people think about some of the implications. Someone could put together a barebones Linux core (using the term "Linux" generically here) that focused on audio/video production, as in the Musix GNU + Linux that Gary cited. But then we would all need to come together as a collective . . . people on this Forum and most other A/V forums . . . to vote with our wallets for all of the relevant software and hardware vendors to provide drivers for their devices that would work in our Wonder_OS.
It seems to me that this is precisely what fostered this thread [EDIT: the Where We are At thread] in the first place: something got put out there that wasn't ready for Prime Time. We were waiting for some updates that Gary was trying to provide; the people who were responsible for the interface itself didn't quite have it right in a way that would work for everyone, and some people were just plain left out in the cold (at least for the time being).
I think there is tremendous potential, and that what germancomponist asked for is possible. Under what conditions and through what circumstances that might evolve is the open question I'd put forth here.