I think the answer to your problem may be to dual boot between Debian
unstable and either Studio 64 or Ubuntu Studio.
Like you, I do a lot of things unrelated to audio (I teach 2 Linux classes
at the local community college for network admin majors).
I actually have a quad boot setup between OpenSuse, JAD (Jack Audio
Distribution), Ubuntu Studio, and Windows.
I do most of my audio work in JAD; sometimes Ubuntu Studio and all of my
network administration stuff in OpenSuse. Windows is only there for the
occasional app that I have to use for network administration that is Windows
As others have said, running a proven stable Audio distro will give you the
best audio results and you are a lot less likely to have to mess around with
the kernel etc. to get things going
Hope this helps.
On Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 2:55 AM, Tomasz Grzelak <tgrzelak@...> wrote:
> 2008/8/20 D. Michael McIntyre <michael.mcintyre@...>
>> On Wednesday 20 August 2008, Tomasz Grzelak wrote:
>> > Nice to see some feedback... I hope this issue won't be ignored, but
>> > investigated deeper.
> you understood me wrong, sorry, it's probably my "personal" version of
> English ;)
> I meant I was happy to see a response for this problem, it was not an
> accusation in any way!
> Sorry once again, I was just satisfied it interested developers, and hoped
> to be investigated more.
>> I don't think it's fair to say I am "ignoring" the issue. That implies I
>> don't care.
> like I wrote above - misunderstanding :)
>> I do care, but I can't do anything to help you. You run Debian Unstable,
>> which is not a distro but a collection of proposed packages that might
>> it into a distro. You run your own kernel. You run hardware of which I
>> no first-hand knowledge (the firewire audio dongle, and even your basic
>> computer) and you throw RAID into the mix.
>> It would be hard enough for me to even try to suggest a solution if we had
>> more in common, but as things stand now, we have practically nothing in
>> common at all.
>> Rosegarden doesn't have this problem on my computer.
> I suppose so. It's a very popular and good environment, and that's why I
> wanted to give it a try,
> and still want, but I'm running out of ideas slowly, because somehow only
> Rosegarden is unusable on my system.
>> We have totally different environments, and me saying everything works
>> here is
>> just as useless to you as you saying it doesn't work there is useless to
>> We have very little common ground for meaningful comparison here, and
>> little I can do except feel sorry for your misery.
> I agree too, but I'm also willing to give any more needed information about
> my system
> to diagnose the problem. I understand it's very hard (I'm not a
> computer/Linux newbie),
> but at the moment I just don't know what more can have influence for such
> I have been thinking of RAID for many times, but in that case why do other
> JACK apllications work fine?
> If they all were not working, it would be easy to say "Debian unstable with
> RAID is not good for this stuff".
> But... there's always this "BUT" :) ... everything I use works fine besides
> So it makes me totally confused :/
>> I would suggest that since you seem to like pure Debian over Ubuntu, you
>> give 64 Studio a try. I haven't used 64 Studio, but I've read a lot of
>> pages, and it seems to be a very good distro for audio work. I can
>> personally vouch for Ubuntu Studio being a very good distro for audio work
>> I would furthermore suggest that Debian Unstable is a really bad choice
>> for an
>> audio platform, because it's too unstable, and too unpredictable.
>> are often buggy, and they interact with each other in complex ways, so
>> somebody who upgraded on Monday and Thursday might wind up with a buggy
>> system that someone who upgraded on Tuesday and Thursday might not. I
>> concede that you have everything else working so well that your
>> is probably OK this time, but just in terms of a long-term strategy,
>> to do this kind of thing with Debian Unstable is a lot of work for
>> I did the same thing for years myself, and I'm speaking from experience.
>> Switching to Ubuntu Studio was a great move for me, because I now have the
>> luxury of not knowing much of anything about how to put together a
>> JACK-friendly setup. Someone else keeps up with all the changes in this
>> that, and it just works. I love it!
>> In any case, Chris might still have some insight to offer here. I've said
>> there is any point in my saying, and I wish you the best of luck with your
> I must say I have thought of some other audio distro, but ("BUT" again ;)
> ) I use my Debian
> not only for audio stuff, but lots of other tasks, and have there many
> important data
> (including my music, and work); that's why I need this RAID too.
> What's more, I have used Debian for many years, and there's no other
> OS/Distro that I feel so comfortable with.
> Maybe I'll try to install 64studio... to see if there's any difference.
> Do you think it would wise to install it on some USB disk/pendrive?
> I'm just not very happy when thinking of repartitioning my drives...
> Thanks for your help!
> Tomasz Grzelak
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