Subject: RE: [linux-audio-user] Poll about linux music audio app usability
From: Adriaan Pelzer (adriaan_AT_trispen.com)
Date: Mon Jun 10 2002 - 11:56:35 EEST
On Mon, 2002-06-10 at 10:43, Joachim Backhaus wrote:
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Patrick Shirkey [mailto:pshirkey_AT_boosthardware.com]
> > Sent: Montag, 10. Juni 2002 10:32
> > To: linux-audio-user_AT_music.columbia.edu
> > Subject: Re: [linux-audio-user] Poll about linux music audio app
> > usability
> > Patrick Shirkey wrote:
> > > Mark Constable wrote:
> > >
> > > I don't take Josephs comment as a "complaint" that requires a
> > > defensive and dismissive response. He is dead right. Anyone
> > > who has NOT had years of unix sysadmin experience should not
> > > be expected to have to spend ANY amount of time diddling libs
> > > and Makefiles just to get something to work that MIGHT be
> > > professionally usable.
> > Then they shouldn't be using computers to make music.
> Think more about such a sentence before you write it down!!!
> Damn, why doesn't Sysadmins understand normal users?
> Do you live in another world?
> But why make things easy when you can make it complicated!
> Don't ask why Windows has such a widely success.
I fully agree. On the other hand I've learned to appreciate small, modular command-line tools without GUI's in Linux/FreeBSD. Things like ecasound, sox, cdrecord, bladeenc, csound(OK, this is not really small!). All of these are a breeze to compile, install and use. I think users could get used to the idea of doing things differently than in Windo$e, thus actually making it very viable to have a dual boot system. I'll always use a dual boot system, and I don't expect to run the same apps on both (or apps that do the same thing). The main thing is to have a distinctive environment on each system in which I can work. When thinking about a new song, the first thing is to determine which part will be done in which OS. Why have two flat screwdrivers if you could have a flat and a philips?
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