Its a lightweight music distro so running LXDE makes it fast to me.  I understand the desire to run 86_64 software but the 32bit is probably better for compatibility (at least that used to be the case... maybe not so much anymore).

My recommendation is to open the software sources and check the bandshed repos.  The kernels are there and grab the 3.6.6_rt pae kernel.  Or the 3.8 pae.  I just built a kernel from 3.6.6_rt to 3.10.10-rc7-rt.  They explain it in the boards.  Trulan has great info there ... I am making kernels that are awesome by following his directions. 

I can run virtualbox 4.2 and then run Windows XP 64 bit.  Yes, from this 32bit distro. 

So speed is very good.  Jack audio server runs super fast with great reliability. 

Also check out KXStudio.  If you want 64bit, this is your option, no question. 


On Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 7:48 PM, martin carmichael <carmichael_martin@hotmail.com> wrote:
can some body tell how this AVL 32 bit distribution runs on i64/amd64 hardware ?
is this as  good / as fast as 64bit CPU  ?

I mean running other apps than music : database, imaging (GIMP), word processors, web browser, and so on.
thank you


Date: Sun, 8 Sep 2013 21:51:16 -0400
From: david.tisdell@gmail.com
To: mrbrianclem@gmail.com
CC: rosegarden-user@lists.sourceforge.net
Subject: Re: [Rosegarden-user] Audio Distros


Thanks Brian. That is very helpful. I am reevaluating again. I actually didn't change much after I originally posted. This is the time if I am going to do it this year.

Dave


On Sun, Sep 8, 2013 at 7:03 PM, Brian Clem <mrbrianclem@gmail.com> wrote:
David Tisdell <david.tisdell@...> writes:

>
> Hi all,I use Rosegarden to teach composition to middle school students.
For a long time, I used Studio64 but it wasn't being updated and I was
running into driver issues on new hardware installations. In August, I
installed XUbuntu and added all of the music programs I use but have been
really unhappy with Ubuntu. There have been stability issues and frequent
loss of communication to software synthesizers. Before I do my next round of
compositions, I want to ditch Ubuntu.Does anyone have a recommendation for
an audio distro? Remember, I am doing this with middle school student so
stability and consistency are paramount. Personally, I have been a suse
person for several years but there are a couple of quirks to doing digital
audio and MIDI on suse that I don't mind dealing with myself but don't want
to spring on my students.Thanks.Dave
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I use two different computers for my elementary school classes.  Both my
laptop and amdx6 dual boot.  Both run AVL 6.0.1b.  Desktop also runs 12.04
LTS because I needed smartboard drivers and at the time, 12.04LTS was the
way to go.  Since some time, I find AVL 6 works as well.  AVL is debian.
Its rock solid and very stable.  The laptop also runs the most bleeding edge
ubuntu 13.10 daily.

My reason to have AVL 6 on both computers is because when students are in my
room, its just got to work.  And JACK runs much better on AVL.  Could be
debain and/or stable branch.  Also the people behind AVL are very cool and
support is great.  At least the best I have experienced in the computer world.

** Try AVL 6.
http://www.bandshed.net/AVLinux.html
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=avlinux

That is my recommendation.  Good luck!

Brian



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