Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 2nd May 2007 02:41 UTC
X11, Window Managers Cairo v1.4.6 is released and it's got a "particularly juicy performance fix, (working around an X server performance bug), as well as native PDF gradients with alpha". In other interesting open source releases, the powerful audio application Ardour v2.0 was released (with Mac OS X support).
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RE[2]: Ardour2.0, great release!
by butters on Thu 3rd May 2007 09:37 UTC in reply to "RE: Ardour2.0, great release!"
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I agree, but for different reasons. I just finished recording a full-length chamber-pop album with over 30 tracks in the mix. We used Pro Tools for MacOSX on a G5 with outboard DSP and a fortune's worth of VST and TDM plugins.

The availability of driver support for professional-quality recording interfaces was not the primary issue preventing us from considering Ardour on Linux. For example, the FreeBoB driver for JACK provides support for excellent digital recording interfaces such as the Presonus FirePod and FireStudio. In most cases, JACK provides routing capabilities that exceed those of the manufacturer's drivers. Ardour now supports motorized control surfaces based on the Mackie Control Protocol.

Where Ardour falls flat is its imperfect and fiddly support for VST plugins, no VST support outside of 32-bit x86, and no support for plugin formats that utilize outboard DSP hardware. Otherwise we could have seriously considered Ardour for our project. Steinberg and Yamaha have licensed the VST plugin framework as freeware, but they don't allow redistribution, and they don't provide source code. Steinberg said about a year ago that an open source release is not out of the question, but nothing has happened since.

While Ardour isn't what you might consider production quality at this point in time, neither are the proprietary solutions, in all honesty. We experienced a number of Pro Tools crashes over the course of the project, one of which caused data loss. I look forward to the possibility of recording our next album with Ardour. With the addition of solid VST support on a powerful 64-bit SMP system, it would be ready for a serious evaluation.

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