basically, i have a friend, who is not an IT professional but has been a computer hobbyest for years. He has used windows since 3.1, and I just *know* that he would love linux as much as I do, if he would just be willing to devote some time to get over the initial hurdles. One thing he needs is motivation, he is a guitarist who enjoys doing recordings on his pc. he discovered something called powertracks pro, which is basically a multitrack midi sequencer, and it also allows for .wav tracks, if you add the .wavs itll save as .wav, if you dont you can do a .midi, or something along those lines. i have seen him use it, seems like some god awful thing written in vb 5 or 6, but it is extremely feature rich. not professional quality, but a little bit of everything, which i think is one of the things he loves about it.
what i am looking for is high quality linux apps that do similar things. i found one called ardour, which spiked his intrest enough to reinstall mandy, but i need a bigger arsenal of stuff i can tempt him with. also, some info on setting up sound fonts would be very appreciated as well, if he doesnt have a higher quality sound from his midi, he definately wont switch.
last but not least, the man is addicted to gui. now the irony of this is that in my teens, i was a mac addict, he was a dos guy, who was reluctantly drawn into windows. then i spent a year on a windows box, learned most of what there is to know, and promptly switched to linux. now its reversed, he needs a simplistic gui to be happy, while i cant get by without my CLI. what i need is a gui oriented distro that he will be happy with, currently i have him on mandy, but for those of you who have tried stuff like xandrOS, i would like to know if this is the right choice.
currently, i have 6 notches on my belt for windows to linux converts, and 3 people i currently call my neophytes, people who are interested but still in uber-newbie mode. if i can get this guy to switch, it will be my greatest triumph