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

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Subject: Re: [linux-audio-user] Anyone heard rumors about ProTools??
From: jordan muscott (
Date: Tue Jun 25 2002 - 19:39:40 EEST

i was asking myself _exactly_ the same questions when your post arrived in my mailbox.

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personally - i would be inclined to use any open source alternative vs a closed cource commercial one, and i'd really hope the 'community' we have on this list wouldnt die if commercial linux software became available. I think the reasons many people develop open source projects wouldnt go away just because of a few more commercial alternatives..... i mean look at all the software available via the gnu project..... loads of that would probably have commercial unix alternatives. I suppose we could be said to be in a 'fragile' stage of linux audio...with various apps getting 'stronger' all the time, but i find that exiting..... i honestly get inspired by the fact that im using open source software (and os) to write music, i hadnt written any music for almost 2 years until a few months ago when i started playing around with shaketracker, ssm, ttrk and a few of the editors ( ecasound, snd, wavesurfer ) - now ive finished a small collection of tracks, with another one on the way !
today :-)

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ps i always thought cubase sucked anyway.

On Tue, 25 Jun 2002 12:29:29 -0400
Dave Phillips <> wrote:
>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
> The Book Of Linux Music & Sound at
> The Linux Soundapps Site at

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