Re: [linux-audio-user] Anyone heard rumors about ProTools??

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Subject: Re: [linux-audio-user] Anyone heard rumors about ProTools??
From: Dave Phillips (
Date: Tue Jun 25 2002 - 19:29:29 EEST wrote:

> One of my recording engineer friends told me that there is a rumor that
> ProTools is being ported to Linux along with the OS-X port. Anyone knows
> anything about it.
> If it is true it will fill a huge gap in linux multimedia. I will rush to buy it.

This sort of thing always starts me thinking... Let's say Pro Tools for
Linux was available next week: How many readers on this list will go out
immediately and purchase it (assuming you have the required hardware)
?... Now, how many buyers give a rat's *ss about whether PT is open
source, or if PT Inc. intends to assist the communities of Linux and
Linux audio developers ? We all "want to get ssome work done", and
there's no doubt that PT for Linux would be a very attractive package.
Still, I start wondering about how quickly our fragile community might
fragment as a result of high-profile commercial audio applications
becoming available for Linux. Would Paul Davis still have reason to
write Ardour ? Would Werner Schweer continue writing MusE if Cubase was
readily available for Linux ? On one hand, I should think (hope) the
answer would be "Yes!" in both instances, primarily for the satisfaction
of having high-quality open-source free (libre) music and sound software
written natively for Linux. OTOH audio software users who rather despise
Microsoft would finally be able to abandon the company's last hold on
them, namely the availability of that high-profile commercial audio
software written specifically for Windows.

What do other readers here think about this scenario ? I'm far from a
final point of view: I'm not so welded to the aims of the FSF as Richard
Stallman, but I would much rather have high-quality open-source Linux
audio software. OTOH I have to admit that I'd be very tempted by an
off-the-shelf PT for Linux. I suspect this rumor is just that: a rumor,
but an interesting one. So what do you think about it ?

Best regards,

== Dave Phillips

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