[arch-general] Audio distro based on Arch Linux

Oon-Ee Ng ngoonee.talk at gmail.com
Tue Feb 12 18:34:34 EST 2013

On Tue, Feb 12, 2013 at 10:39 PM, Ralf Mardorf
<ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net> wrote:
> On Tue, 2013-02-12 at 22:15 +0800, Rashif Ray Rahman wrote:
>> On 12 February 2013 20:05, Ralf Mardorf <ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net> wrote:
>> > Hi :)
>> >
>> > is there an audio distro based on Arch Linux, that already is rawly set
>> > up for audio studio production.
>> >
>> > Another requirement for me is, that such a distro shouldn't cause or at
>> > least only less inconsistencies, when using the Arch and AUR
>> > repositories.
>> >
>> > I suspect http://didjix.blogspot.com isn't intended for audio studios?
>> >
>> > Perhaps I missed an audio distro listed at
>> > https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Arch_Based_Distributions_%28Active%29
>> > ;) when I searched for "music" and "audio" on this site.
>> >
>> > If there shouldn't be an audio distro, I'll install a _real_ Arch
>> > Linux :(, ;).
>> > Resp., is one of the distros that come with Xfce by default uncritical
>> > regarding to the used packages (dependency issues)? And will one of
>> > those distros install not to much services etc. that I would have to
>> > remove for audio work?
>> >
>> > Regards,
>> > Ralf
>> >
>> >
>> Hello Ralf
>> I am not aware of anything other than
>> http://obsoleteaudio.org/software/synthbox as a dedicated audio production
>> distro. It may be out-of-date, just like http://archaudio.org/ (which is a
>> packaging project only), and there may be other individual efforts that are
>> running unnoticed.
>> For your audio needs, everything is explained in the wiki [1]. Rarely would
>> you need a separate distro when software is easily accessible through the
>> official repositories, AUR, and sometimes unofficial repositories (on a
>> hit-and-miss basis).
>> And yes, your choice of a full desktop or windowing environment (as a
>> result of installing a GUI distro) may dictate the kind of performance you
>> will get from your studio system, but there are other independent factors
>> as well which are not in the scope of this reply (and I assume you may
>> already know).
>> [1] https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Pro_Audio
> Thank you Rashif :)
> yes I'm aware how to set up a Linux audio workstation, I simply won't
> make all the DE settings and especially I won't spend time to set up
> everything for systemd. The more already is done, the better.
A bit tough considering systemd is now the default and last I checked
the alternatives weren't very complete. If you want to spend less
time, systemd would take less of your time than initscripts (rc-files
getting actively dropped) and whichever gentoo-based alternative is
the latest craze. Check out the forums, someone is maintaining an
alternate init there.

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