i got my os and recovery partition backed up im finally ready to make the plunge to install linux in-staid of windows,my remaining question is what distros have very good driver support ,i know Ubuntu does but i like some of the older Linux interfaces better and i want to experiment and try a few out my main requirement is driver support because i record guitar tracks on my computer and dabble in a bit of electronic music i have a hp dv4-2142nr running windows 7
I'm not a fan of Unity, the standard in Ubuntu. I'm running Lubuntu it is great for older and lower end equipment. Kubuntu is Ubuntu with a KDE interface. All the features of Ubuntu without Unity.
thank you im downloading it now i like the kde interface better
I happen to do that very thing (use Linux and BSD and make Electronic Music on both) For Driver support, it's really hard to beat OpenSUSE and Mandriva. Mandriva has a bad reputation for being a sissy wimp distro, but I just don't care; It works well right out of the box so to speak, and the Driver support has been excellent in the things I've used it on. OpenSUSE is what I'm typing this from and I'm a SuSE Fan Boi as it is heh.
I personally use SUSE a lot, but now, for the music part:
It really depends on what exactly you'd like to be able to do, with of course regards to the fact that any software you run on SUSE or Mandriva, will work on both for the most part. I personally have made more than 2 full CDs worth of music just by using LMMS, and it works on Windows and BSD as well. LMMS is amazing, and it works really well. And I'm not just saying that because they plugged my band for free lol. But yea I've used it for years now, and I can make everything from Industrial to Electronic and Techno, and I've pulled off a few Rock-A-Billy songs as well.
Mandriva can install LMMS without any issues at all right from the online software installation thingy, and SUSE also has the same capabilities, so for the LMMS thing, it's a matter of taste really. I've also installed LMMS and made music on FreeBSD multiple times. For that I just did "pkg_add -r lmms" and it worked.
Now, for actual Music production, this is a little more on the choice side, as Mandriva can run just about any software package that SUSE can, but lets be Honest here; We both know that eventually, you'll be trying to figure out version numbers and installation settings for things and end up in RPM hell lol. Mandriva has a VERY respectable amount of Software dedicated to Music, but I really think SUSE shines the brightest here, as there are a LOT of software packages dedicated to music, with just the default Repositories on YAST2 loaded, and from there, you can add a lot more and get even MORE Music Software.
I use LMMS mainly, but I do also use Synths and Drum Machines and Keyboard apps and things as well, so I'd say to ignore what people say about Mandriva in the bad way, and give it a go along with SUSE, and compse to your Heart's Content. :)
In my distro search, I found that there are quite a number of distros geared towards the specialist. Artistx, Ubuntu Studio, 64 Stduio....etc. Each of these distros come packed full of tools for video, picutre, and audio editing. Artistx has nearly every tool known to the Linux community pre installed. Ubuntu Studio doesn't use the Unity interface and doesn't include nearly as many tools as Artistx but it comes with the more popular ones. I haven't used 64 Studio yet so I can't comment there.
I too used to be some what of a SUSE fan, but then I found Archlinux. It took awhile to configure but it was worth it..
Linux is a more secure Operating System. It's always used on the server, because it's virus free and it's best for the data base work.
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