Linux Distro to make music with an old PC

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Re: Linux Distro to make music with an old PC

Postby Linuxmusician01 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:39 pm

jdessi wrote:
Basslint wrote:How skilled are you with GNU/Linux? If you have intermediate skills, I recommend Debian with LxQt.


Unfortunately, I'm a beginner...

Even if you're not skilled I can recommend Debian 10 (codename 'Buster'). Installs easy and with the Mate desktop environment it looks and feels just like any OS that you might be used to if you ask me. Debian (just like Ubuntu, which is based on Debian) is one of the most used distro's there is. So finding a solution on the internet for any problem you might have is relatively easy.

I do not notice a difference between Debian (on my 1 GB RAM laptop) and Linux Mint (which is based om Ubuntu) on my "big PC". :)


P.S. Only downside of Debian is that it's software library is usually older than that of Ubuntu....

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Re: Linux Distro to make music with an old PC

Postby khz » Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:02 pm

Linuxmusician01 wrote:P.S. Only downside of Debian is that it's software library is usually older than that of Ubuntu....

Because *buntu is based on Debian-sid. That's why a *buntu dist-upgrade is also so exciting. ;-) IMHO

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Re: Linux Distro to make music with an old PC

Postby merlyn » Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:43 pm

Linuxmusician01 wrote:Considering 32 bit support from the AV Linux distribution. Quote from their hom page:
AV Linux 2019.4.10 has been released. This release [...] will mark the last release based on Debian Stretch and sadly it will also be the last release of the 32bit version.

I would think that's a reason to get it while you can. Your definition of 'support' seems a bit different from mine. If a distro works, you don't need support. I think you mean there's no upgrade path. Are you really surprised that that is the case for 32 bit hardware?

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Gps wrote:I wonder if you can't find a few memory banks, to have 2 gig at least or 4 gig.

I don't think that's really needed. And if he upgrades the memory in this machine then the CPU will be the bottleneck.

Kind of weird to recommend someone doesn't get more RAM. The reason to have more than 1GB is to stop the swap space being used. You mentioned above that a web browser was slow on your machine with 1GB. That's probably because the swap space was being used. The difference between swap and no swap is like night and day.

You could check using free. Here's mine :

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$ free
              total        used        free      shared  buff/cache   available
Mem:       11262716      986392     9472616       47368      803708    10096904
Swap:      12286972           0    12286972


Here it is without firefox :

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$ free
              total        used        free      shared  buff/cache   available
Mem:       11262716      264780    10241320         804      756616    10865040
Swap:      12286972           0    12286972

265 MB, damnit, I'll have to get rid of some stuff :D

You want the CPU to be the 'bottleneck' as it's faster than memory or disk.

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Re: Linux Distro to make music with an old PC

Postby ivoaudio » Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:33 pm

I have an Acer One netbook with 1GB RAM running Ubuntu Studio. Even Ardour sort of works.

A newer Asus with 2GB, however, is much worse. Probably the processor is the culprit. Or maybe the Ubuntu Studio version...

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Re: Linux Distro to make music with an old PC

Postby khz » Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:42 pm

Possibly try to use only console programs for audio because the graphics card, ... and the RAM is very limited.
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