I just gave the amd64 build of 3.0 alpha (3.0~pre4~hardy1) a spin on my
HP laptop, Turion CPU. I chose not to configure the network during the
install, to see if there were any network dependencies. Here are my notes...
1. We need to change the boot splash of the installer and the start menu
button in Gnome, as these contain Canonical trademarks.
2. The RT kernel caused problems for the installer, but installation was
successful after following these steps:
a) No kernel found warning - select Continue
b) No vmlinuz symbolic link warning - select Create
c) initrd kernel image warning, Abort? - select No
Apart from that, it was a very smooth install, using manual
partitioning. I noticed a few things after logging in that we should fix...
1. F-spot depends on Mono, I'd rather use gthumb instead. (I'm not
convinced of the need for Mono, and am concerned about a possible patent
2. We should add inkscape, scribus, cinepaint, ktoon, xara, synfig,
rosegarden and thunderbird packages. Do we need Evolution mail? Does
anyone prefer it to Thunderbird?
3. Free already mentioned that qjackctl needs setting up for realtime,
we could also use a smaller frames/period size, I suggest 256.
4. Ubuntu is set up for two virtual desktops, we've always used four. I
personally use four in the studio for Ardour (X2) plus Jamin plus Qjackctl.
5. There are two entries for Envy24Control in the Sound & Video menu,
and two for PhotoPrint in the Graphics menu, that's just an overlap with
our custom packages.
6. The 'Other' menu contains non-useful/non-functional applets.
Other than these minor things, I think the alpha is in great shape.
Ardour 2.7.1 and Jack 1.8.0 tested fine with Hydrogen and Jamin, no
xruns at 256 x3 on a generic AC97 chipset.
We need to look at the new generation of audio apps that have been
released since the 2.x series was started, things like LV2 plugins. We
might also consider the new 0.9.4 beta2 version of Hydrogen, in advance
of the stable release: