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

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Subject: Re: [linux-audio-user] Anyone heard rumors about ProTools??
From: Len Moskowitz (
Date: Tue Jun 25 2002 - 19:53:58 EEST

Considering how many Linux distributions and different configurations of
each distribution there are, how many soundcards there are and how few are
well supported, how much sysadmin experience and "handholding" is required
to get almost anything running under even popular Linux distributions, and
how fast things change in the Linux world, I'd say that it's unlikely that
any company will provide a Linux version of a pro-sound software package
unless they also provide the entire computer, including all of the hardware
and the operating system. They'd need to control the entire system to make
it work reliably and keep support costs reasonable

Len Moskowitz
Owner, Core Sound

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From: "Dave Phillips" <>
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Sent: Tuesday, June 25, 2002 12:29 PM
Subject: Re: [linux-audio-user] Anyone heard rumors about ProTools??

> 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.
> <ramble>
> 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 ?
> </ramble>
> Best regards,
> == Dave Phillips
> The Book Of Linux Music & Sound at
> The Linux Soundapps Site at

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