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Dream Studio 12.04.1
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Description: "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."
Keywords: Ubuntu-based Dream-Studio-audio KXStudio-repositories slowmovideo

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Old 04-25-2013, 11:14 AM   #1
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Would you recommend the product? no | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 6

Pros: Masses of software
Cons: 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

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.


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