I’m computationally deaf
Recently buying a new hard drive, I thought it’d be a good time to install various versions of linux and see what I thought. I tried Musix, a music/audio-centric distribution, but it was too weird. I am only a musician as a hobby, and do programming on linux as a profession, and Musix, somehow, rubbed me the wrong way. Anyway, it was the first of my attempts, and so, could not be the last. Lately, I’ve been using ubuntu.
According to /etc/*-release:
DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu DISTRIB_RELEASE=7.04 DISTRIB_CODENAME=feisty DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 7.04"
Well, first off, the initial install is 1 CD’s worth of stuff. That means loads of stuff is missing. No problem, just do “apt-get install whatever-you-want”, right?
Fine, provided you know the magic name of “whatever-you-want”.
And so much stuff is missing. It’s a bare bones install. Nothing’s there. It’s crippling.
And, various things didn’t work right. Stellarium, after “apt-get install” didn’t seem to work with the right scrren resolution.
Just various things.
But, most maddenning was the audio situation.
root@zuul:~# lspci | grep audio 00:08.0 Multimedia audio controller: Xilinx Corporation RME Digi9652 (Hammerfall) (rev 08) 00:0a.0 Multimedia audio controller: Creative Labs SB0400 Audigy2 Value 00:11.5 Multimedia audio controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller (rev 60) root@zuul:~#
I have a goddam RME hammerfall, like a $600 audio card. fine.
I have an audigy2 value, for every day audio. fine.
I have a piece of shit VIA piece of shit hooked to nothing, because hooking it to the electrodes of death would probably kill my computer, not just the VIA chipset.
Three sound cards one of them an 18 channel pro-audio monster.
Does sound work? fuck no.
Can you tell why not?
root@zuul:~# lsmod | grep snd snd_emu10k1_synth 8192 0 snd_emux_synth 35456 1 snd_emu10k1_synth snd_seq_virmidi 7936 1 snd_emux_synth snd_seq_midi_emul 7680 1 snd_emux_synth snd_rme9652 29088 0 snd_emu10k1 121248 1 snd_emu10k1_synth snd_util_mem 5760 2 snd_emux_synth,snd_emu10k1 snd_hwdep 9988 2 snd_emux_synth,snd_emu10k1 snd_seq_dummy 4740 0 snd_seq_oss 32896 0 snd_pcm_oss 44544 0 snd_mixer_oss 17408 1 snd_pcm_oss snd_via82xx 29208 1 gameport 16520 1 snd_via82xx snd_via82xx_modem 16008 0 snd_ac97_codec 98464 3 snd_emu10k1,snd_via82xx,snd_via82xx_modem snd_seq_midi 9600 0 ac97_bus 3200 1 snd_ac97_codec snd_seq_midi_event 8448 3 snd_seq_virmidi,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi snd_seq 52592 9 snd_emux_synth,snd_seq_virmidi,snd_seq_midi_emul,snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event snd_mpu401_uart 9472 1 snd_via82xx snd_rawmidi 25472 4 snd_seq_virmidi,snd_emu10k1,snd_seq_midi,snd_mpu401_uart snd_seq_device 9100 8 snd_emu10k1_synth,snd_emux_synth,snd_emu10k1,snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq,snd_rawmidi snd_pcm 79876 6 snd_rme9652,snd_emu10k1,snd_pcm_oss,snd_via82xx,snd_via82xx_modem,snd_ac97_codec snd_timer 23684 3 snd_emu10k1,snd_seq,snd_pcm snd_page_alloc 10888 5 snd_rme9652,snd_emu10k1,snd_via82xx,snd_via82xx_modem,snd_pcm snd 54020 19 snd_emux_synth,snd_seq_virmidi,snd_rme9652,snd_emu10k1,snd_hwdep,snd_seq_oss,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_via82xx,snd_via82xx_modem,snd_ac97_codec,snd_seq,snd_mpu401_uart,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq_device,snd_pcm,snd_timer soundcore 8672 1 snd root@zuul:~#
I doubt it.
My previous core-3 fedora (ancient) had no trouble with this hardware setup.
(Ok, getting the RME hammerfall to work *reliably* with 50 foot fibre ADAT cables (50 foot == out of spec) was problematic, but… at least youtube worked with my audigy2.)
So… as a person who’s works as a professional on linux storage drivers, who’s written audio applications on linux…. well, this ubuntu experience has not been fun.
Looking around for another distro.