Let me put the following in the most tasteful way I can: the latest iteration of Ubuntu (12.04) is a total turd. It is slow, clunky and terribly designed*. Having had it with Ubuntu, I decided to shop around and try a few low-latency kernel audio/multimedia distributions. Of those I tried there were a few I didn’t care for at all that I won’t discuss. I liked KXStudio overall, but I don’t care for KDE and after years of modding and customizing for taste, I was looking for something that would require the least amount of tinkering to get where I wanted it. (it had other problems too, but now isn’t the time.)
I settled on AV Linux not only because of the bundled software and the “modded and rodded” kernel (which I have used with other distros installed separately), but because the latency and overall usability were simply better out-of-the-box. The problem with AV Linux is, like many audio distros, it does not come with an SC3 binary. (Seriously? I know, it’s the greatest thing since AC power.) Getting SC3 up-and-running is not a horror, however. There are a number of ways to go about installing SC3, but I think the following is the easiest. So without further ado:
6 Steps to SC3 on AV Linux
- install AV Linux 5.03 (“tube”)
- enable the “Sid” unstable Debian repo in Synaptic
- install supercollider (and other required and desired packages.)
- disable “Sid” (so you don’t screw up your OS when updating later.)
- grab the sced tarball ( http://sites.google.com/site/artfwo/sced ) and follow the instructions for installation (on the same page.)
- grab the current swingOSC (http://sourceforge.net/projects/swingosc/) and follow instructions here http://scacinto.wordpress.com/2011/02/08/supercollider-on-ubuntu/ to install (section titled “Installing SwingOSC”)
That’s it, easy-peasy. I’ll field questions as I can in the comments. Cheers, and happy coding!
* I am not the only one to notice that Unity is awful and Gnome is old and tired. (The ‘new’ Gnome3 is also a turd, but I won’t go into that.) The internet is rife with “love it / hate it” pages regarding Ubuntu since they made the switch, so I’ll let you google it and decide for yourself. My issue is simply this: my computer is not a smart phone or tablet so don’t give me an OS designed for one. Regarding Gnome 2 (outdated) and Gnome 3 (turd) I think they have just lost it. No flame war warranted or wanted. Just my opinion.