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"Ubuntu Studio is the Ubuntu flavour designed for content creation. It's produced as a DVD image that can also be converted to an USB stick and includes support for most languages by default. Ubuntu Studio 12.04 LTS is a 3 year long-term support release and will be supported until April 2015. New features include: live DVD; GUI-based installation; low-latency kernel installed by default; i386 images use the low-latency PAE kernel; Xfce as the default desktop environment; Pulse Audio with JACK bridging enabled by default; new theme, icons and default font...."
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9
Great tool for music, video, and graphics production
Ubuntu Studio is Ubuntu with a low-latency kernel and plenty of software for artists and musicians. Reviews by professionals in these fields have been favourable.
It comes on a 2GB DVD. No checksum seems to be available, but disk will check itself. It will run in 640MB, thanks to the Xfce desktop, although more will be needed if you start editing videos, for example. Installation takes only 4GB of HD. There are versions based on Ubuntuís current and LTS editions; I used the 32-bit LTS version.
The disk has Ubuntuís usual problem of lock-up with some video chips: in that case, press F6 and choose nomodeset. The installer is simple and allows encryption of /home.
Thereís good documentation, and a useful package list at http://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuStudio/PackageList
The software includes Firefox, Xchat, Shotwell, Audacious, Totem, and Xine; for graphics we get Gimp, Inkscape, Mypaint, Darktable; for audio, Ardour, Musicscore, and various midi and jack tools; for video, Blender, Openshot, and a subtitler. Codecs and Flash are provided but no office software. Some programs left errors when run from the CLI, but everything worked.