Ubuntu studio vs Kubuntu (+kxstudio repos). Advantages and disadvantages?

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Ubuntu studio vs Kubuntu (+kxstudio repos). Advantages and disadvantages?

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Hi Everyone,
I am about to install a new distro to setup with Reaper. I was initially planning on installing kubuntu, but I wanted to check in if there are major advantages or disadvantages compared with ubuntu studio that I should be aware of. I'm just a beginner in with linux audio.

Thanks!

Edit: I realise that this should be Ubuntustudio compared with kubuntu and the kxstudio repos.

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Re: Ubuntu studio vs Kubuntu (+kxstudio repos). Advantages and disadvantages?

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If you're comfortable using the command line and customizing your distro, I would recommend picking a distro that you like and then adapting it for real-time audio. Although the steps may seem esoteric the first time you do it, there aren't really that many adjustments that you have to make. There are plenty of people here who will answer your questions along the way.

So if you like kubuntu, give it a try and see how it goes.

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Re: Ubuntu studio vs Kubuntu (+kxstudio repos). Advantages and disadvantages?

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Thanks for that Michael. So I guess that leads me to the question of what are the advantages or disadvantages of the different ways of setting up for real time audio. From my quick look around it seems like there are 2 automated ways of setting up (ubuntu studio control panel + ubuntustudio-lowlatency-settings ; or kxstudio's Cadence and kxstudio-default-settings ), or doing it manually (I found this page to have a list of suggestions: wiki.linuxaudio.org/wiki/system_configuration ).
Do those two automated alternatives do the same thing? And then is there any major difference between them?

Thanks again!

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Re: Ubuntu studio vs Kubuntu (+kxstudio repos). Advantages and disadvantages?

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A distro that is designed for audio production will already have the adjustments recommended in that wiki page, so if you want to do it the easy way, just install a pre-built audio distro like Ubuntu Studio or AVLinux or something.

On the other hand, if you really want to use a specific distro (it sounds like you have a preference for Kubuntu), you can customize it yourself so that it will perform well for audio production. The wiki page you linked to has the information you need. It may seem long and scary, but take it one step at a time and ask questions here if you run into trouble.

If you want to go this route, be aware that you don't have to compile a kernel, you can get a prebuilt kernel like the one from Liquorix.

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