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Ubuntu Studio 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon)
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Description: Very well-executed distro. I'm quite impressed so far. And I've thrown some pretty major challenges at it...

Platform: Dell D610 laptop with WiFi

Added after installation: Logitech ClearChat Pro USB headphones and...then...an M-Audio Oxygen 8 V2 USB keyboard.

Results: initial installation went off without hitch. WiFi card worked with no drama even during the install process. ALSA & JACK worked fine but I soon realized the built-in sound on this computer is junk – terrible hiss and audio garbage coming from the video system.

Since I have no plans to record from this source and only want to hear the results of my musical puttering, I elected to try out some USB headphone. Logitech seemed to have a good rep from what I could see from posts. Plugged them in and was rewarded with full functionality without having to futz around.

One problem, though. They were coming in secondary to the awful built-in sound card. After an hour of researching, I came across this succinct, well-written posting:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...ubuntu+problem

I followed the instructions for setting a default sound card and it worked like a charm. In initial testing, I thought I had a problem: lots and lots of xruns from JACK. Turned out that I had forgotten to check the “realtime” box. Box checked...zero xruns.

Today's issue was supposed to be the arduous task of getting the Oxygen 8 V2 to work. I spent some time reading postings about getting M-Audio midi products to work. All kinds of stuff about loading firmware images and other esoteric ephemera. “Oh, boy,” I thought, “this will prove to be a challenge.”

Um...well...I plugged it in and it worked. JACK gave the keyboard its blessing and Qsynth confirmed full functionality. Where was the drama?

I have no doubt something, somewhere will prove to be a challenge. But from what I've seen so far, the 'something' will most likely be related to user error.

#20#

Reviewer qualifications: Part-time Linux enthusiast, long-time computer user and musical wanna-be (as in, “yes, I have installed Windows 3.11 from floppy disk on the job” and “yes, I know what a 3270 controller is” and “yes, I've owned a keyboard manufactured by Sequential Circuits...when it was only a couple years old.”) I have watched Linux grow and love what it has become.
Keywords: Ubuntu Studio Gutsy Gibbon 7.10 multimedia music


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Old 11-24-2007, 06:26 PM   #1
eric@home
 
Registered: Jan 2006
Posts: 1

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9

Pros: Excellent hardware support
Cons: None yet



[I'm adding this as a review...shouldn't have posted it as the description. Apologies to all who need them.]

Very well-executed distro. I'm quite impressed so far. And I've thrown some pretty major challenges at it...

Platform: Dell D610 laptop with WiFi

Added after installation: Logitech ClearChat Pro USB headphones and...then...an M-Audio Oxygen 8 V2 USB keyboard.

Results: initial installation went off without hitch. WiFi card worked with no drama even during the install process. ALSA & JACK worked fine but I soon realized the built-in sound on this computer is junk – terrible hiss and audio garbage coming from the video system.

Since I have no plans to record from this source and only want to hear the results of my musical puttering, I elected to try out some USB headphones. Logitech seemed to have a good rep from what I could see from posts. Plugged them in and was rewarded with full functionality without having to futz around.

One problem, though. They were coming in secondary to the awful built-in sound card. After an hour of researching, I came across this succinct, well-written posting:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=205449&highlight=2+sound+card+ubuntu+problem

I followed the instructions for setting a default sound card and it worked like a charm. In initial testing, I thought I had a problem: lots and lots of xruns from JACK. Turned out that I had forgotten to check the “realtime” box. Box checked...zero xruns.

Today's issue was supposed to be the arduous task of getting the Oxygen 8 V2 to work. I spent some time reading postings about getting M-Audio midi products to work. All kinds of stuff about loading firmware images and other esoteric ephemera. “Oh, boy,” I thought, “this will prove to be a challenge.”

Um...well...I plugged it in and it worked. JACK gave the keyboard its blessing and Qsynth confirmed full functionality. Where was the drama?

I have no doubt something, somewhere will prove to be a challenge. But from what I've seen so far, the 'something' will most likely be related to user error.
 




  



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