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"Dream Studio 12.04.1 has been officially released. New features include: upgraded base system, based on the Ubuntu 12.04.1 install disc; many upgraded packages, such as Ardour, Blender, and GIMP; the Dream Studio audio indicator by default, instead of QJackctl; the addition of a hardware-specific software installer for some audio hardware; the addition of all the KXStudio repositories; the addition of slowmovideo by default, as well as a new graphics repository; many, many, small tweaks and performance upgrades. This is the latest release in the 12.04 series for Dream Studio. Any current 12.04 users will be upgraded automatically."
Would you recommend the product? no | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 6
Masses of software
but the Unity desktop can’t really cope without a lot of customisation
DreamStudio is based on Ubuntu LTS, with a low-latency kernel and lots of software for artists and musicians. Since the developer is an artist and musician, he obviously knows what’s needed and this distro has a good reputation.
It comes on a 3GB DVD; there’s no checksum and the Ubuntu disk check doesn’t seem to work, so it’s a case of burn, run, and hope.
DreamStudio recommends a dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM. Since I have a single-core and 1GB, I was expecting trouble and I shan’t go into details. But the feature which will trouble a lot of people is the use of the Unity desktop. With no proper menu — just an alphabetical list of 170 applications without descriptions — one is completely lost: do you know what Celtx does? One can ask dash to search for a topic, like ‘midi’, but it will obviously take a long time to find ones way around and customise dash or the dock. Luckily there’s a classified list of specialist software at http://dream.dickmacinnis.com/forum/
Support is available — live at $30 per hour or email at $10 per month — which may be attractive to some. Otherwise, DreamStudio is let down by its interface: Ubuntu Studio is far more friendly.