Re: [linux-audio-user] Poll about linux music audio app usability

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Subject: Re: [linux-audio-user] Poll about linux music audio app usability
From: Kasper Souren (
Date: Mon Jun 10 2002 - 17:42:19 EEST

> I think binary compatibility between all linux distributions
> would be a good starting point to get commercial audio sequencer
> companies such as Steinberg and Emagic to port
> their apps (and VST2, ASIO, EASI) to Linux. Because they will never ever
> make
> an open source app.
> And it would help to get drivers for 8x8 MIDI Interfaces,
> as they all have timing improving technologies that they
> don't want to make Open Source.

I think this 'binary compatibility' is already available :) I noticed that
it's not a problem to run programs compiled on another (reasonably
up-to-date) system. And I think these companies won't be using a lot of
libraries not created by themselves, so that won't be a problem either.

I think that these 'timing improving technologies' is just marketing crap
and that any programmer who would spend a little time fixing up drivers for
MIDI interfaces comes up with comparable code. All those 8x8 MIDI
device-selling companies use 'timing improving technologies'. :)

What could be a problem for these companies is that once people are using
Linux, they will also switch over to free alternatives for the expensive
software they're using. And at the moment the free audio software might not
be as slick as the commercial software, but at a certain moment in time it
will be the case that a free alternative will look just as interesting to

> Wouldn't it be great to have Native Instrument's Soft Synths
> on Linux!

Nope... not for me. I prefer free software, not even because I don't have to
pay for it, but because it's so easy to install. I'm fed up with installing
software the traditional way. And when the packages are available for
Debian, it's so easy to (de)install them :)

If software is non-free and you have to pay for it, you also have to go
through to process of obtaining the software. Even if you use warez (like I
did, Impulse Tracker was the only PC audio program I directly paid for :)
you still have to find the software, and spend a lot of time installing the


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