Linked by Filippo Pappalardo on Wed 14th Apr 2004 07:36 UTC
Multimedia, AV I wanted to write something about the great progress being carried on linux as OS of choice for a professional Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) since a long time. With the inclusion of the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) into the 2.6 kernels, time has come to extend my experiences to all of you.
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Re: ThanatosNL
by Darius on Wed 14th Apr 2004 21:41 UTC

I know your original post wasn't meant to imply that Linux will never be able to compete here, but what is the point of saying it isn't ready now? I didn't see too many "fanboy" posts above your original post, and I think you've recognized the quickly evolving nature of at least the technical nature of open source projects.

My main point was not to saying that Linux isn't ready yet, as 'ready for who' is always a relative question. My point (and basically, my philosophy) is using the right tool for the job. I suppose you could 'get away' with using Linux as an audio workstation, but it seems rather pointless when there are other platforms that clearly do it better. (Not only Windows, but OSX as well - so not like you have to patronize 'The Evil Empire', unless you classify Apple in that category as well).
I dunno - it's like people are doing everything in their power do do *everything* with Linux no matter how bad it sucks at any particular task, seemingly for no other reason than other platforms are too 'immoral' for them, or whatever. And they wonder why people often compare OS zealots with religious ones.
All that being said, if Linux ever does surpass Windows in the audio department, you can bet I'll be the first in line. I've got no bias towards Linux - eitehr for it or against it. Just tired of zealots constantly trying to shove it down my throat. I'm surprised they haven't started going door-to-door yet like the Mormons do .. "Hi there, can I tell you about Linux today?"
But you watch - one day MS is going to do something that *really* pisses me off and I'll be the guy in teh white shirt and tie ;) lol