Differences

This shows you the differences between two versions of the page.

Link to this comparison view

wiki:why_linux_for_audio [2014/03/26 11:26]
digisus pasted from old intro page, no text improvements done.
wiki:why_linux_for_audio [2014/03/26 11:33] (current)
digisus
Line 29: Line 29:
 Such policies are significantly less prevalent in Linux software - so the format for almost everything is plaintext and user-readable,​ nothing prevents you from installing multiple copies of most software (or sharing them with your friends - or even reselling them for money), and so on. Such policies are significantly less prevalent in Linux software - so the format for almost everything is plaintext and user-readable,​ nothing prevents you from installing multiple copies of most software (or sharing them with your friends - or even reselling them for money), and so on.
  
-===== What is 'Free/open source software'? ​=====+===== Linux distributions for audio ===== 
 + 
 +For newbies it's highly recommended to start using a optimized Linux distribution for proaudio or multimedia. Then you don't have the trouble of doing all the specific configuration yourself. For more information see [[apps:​categories:​distributions]]. 
 + 
 +===== Supported hardware ===== 
 + 
 +Many people wonder if their (audio) hardware ​is supported by Linux. The quick answer is that there's a good chance that it is. When you start working with Linux it's always good to do a little searching, and that'​ll likely tell you whether it is supported. Most hardware is actually supported by Linux, because of lots of work from the Linux community. In addition, more and more companies are making hardware [[http://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Device_driver|drivers]] for Linux. 
 + 
 +[[hardware|Here]] You can see which soundcard, [[http://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Firewire|firewire]] device ​ or other audio hardware is supported by Linux. Your hardware is not on the list? Then you can ask at the LinuxMusicians [[http://​linuxmusicians.com/​index.php|forum]] or post a message on the [[http://​lists.linuxaudio.org/​mailman/​listinfo/​linux-audio-user|LAU mailinglist]]. 
 + 
 +===== Brief intro to free/open source software =====
  
 Free software* (a.k.a. open source software, often abbreviated FS, OSS, FOSS, or FLOSS) is software that respects the rights and freedoms of the user. A lot of software out there is licensed under terms which don't respect your right to - Free software* (a.k.a. open source software, often abbreviated FS, OSS, FOSS, or FLOSS) is software that respects the rights and freedoms of the user. A lot of software out there is licensed under terms which don't respect your right to -
wiki/why_linux_for_audio.1395829583.txt.gz · Last modified: 2014/03/26 11:26 by digisus