I just wanted to let people know that I recently installed the Planet CCRMA system on Fedora Core 5, and it is incredibly easy to set up and install. I had a complete Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) set up in about 2 hours!!
I've been a Slackware user for about 8 years, and I had no plans on ever changing distros, but I was having some time consuming problems with Slackware. I was unable to get things just the way I wanted.
My Linux box that I'm using for my DAW is a dual-cpu, dual-core AMD64 system with 2GB of registered RAM, a 74GB SATA Raptor, a 250GB SATA drive, IDE DVD-ROM, IDE DVD-Writer, Nvidia GFORCE 6600GT graphics card with 2 19" LCD Viewsonic Monitors and an RME 9632 Card.
I was having a lot of problems trying to get a low-latency kernel working on this machine. On my single CPU box, installing a kernel with Ingo Molnar's RT patch was absolutely no problem at all. But, to try and get Ingo Molnar's RT patched kernel working on the above mentioned machine, proved to be an impossible task. I tried at least 25 kernel config variations with various 2.6 kernel releases, and each one would hang on boot-up.
If you Google the above problem, with the same or similar hardware, you will find people with the same problem... unresolved.
I tried several disros in both 64bit and 32bit distros, but had the same result.
I tried 2 different versions of Slamd64, 2 versions of Slackware, 64bit Gentoo and a few flavors of Debian (64 & 32bit.
For various reasons, I decided to go with a 32bit distro... mostly because I had some "funky" behavior with some media files in 64bit systems. Also, there are not many video codecs available in 64bit. And yes, I am aware of the various methods to use a 32bit player within a 64bit system, but time was passing and I needed to get a working system without problems.
I was actually a little reluctant to go with Planet CCRMA, because of some past experience with Red Hat. I was never a great fan of Red Hat, but, with Planet CCRMA, it was just so very fast and easy to get a DAW up and running, I'm sorry that I didn't go with that option first. I would have saved myself several MONTHS of frustration!
I highly recommend to anyone who is setting up a Linux based DAW, to check out Planet CCRMA which is built on Fedora. You won't regret it.
There was a minor bug in getting flash working and in getting the Nvidia driver installed, but no big deal in solving it.
Check out Planet CCRMA at http://ccrma.stanford.edu/planetccrma/software/
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for helpful advice.
Fernando Lopez-Lezcano, the person in charge of the project is a great guy and he is very helpful if you have a problem.
Like I said before: In about 2 hours, I had a complete DAW setup from scratch in about 2 hours! And that was with a low-latency kernel.