Another year is here and despite living with the ongoing pandemic much has been going on in the Studio. In the past I mostly have blogged about the releases of my Software pursuits but there is a huge amount of new stuff going on in and around the Studio that I’d like to share. 2021 saw the beginnings of a new collaborative album project of Blues, Soul, Funk and Roots music with myself,  Dave Williams, Dave Phillips, Peter Cox, Ken Foster and Connor MacArthur participating under the name of ‘Willie Mack’ and that is nearing completion. I was asked to fill in for a couple of gigs with my good friends Bill Pigram, Dave Williams, and Billy Boyington from the ‘The Incontinentals’ and found myself in a whole new band (and a new musical family) with them. The new collab is called ‘The Elder Brothers’ and we have played a couple of great gigs and been working on a set of Live Videos that we are excited to put out soon. I had the good fortune to do some recording work for bassist Larry Ernewein, vocalist Theresa Wallis and sax man Ken Foster who are all names that have been synonymous with great jazz for many years and through that experience I gained some valuable knowledge on recording techniques for acoustic bass and saxophone. My son Connor rarely lets the tubes get cold in the Studio when I’m not in his way and he has invested countless hours in working up some great new material of his own and with his two bands ‘Coparents’ and TVDog.’ His recording skills as writer, singer and arranger are improving exponentially, pretty soon I will be lucky if there is any time for me to get in there! ‘Rated Blue’ got to squeeze in a few gigs this summer and we also have an exciting new collection of Videos coming your way, the first of which will be in this post. Incidentally on the Video end my nephew Adam Caldwell has moved in close by and his talents with a camera have already been put to good use, you will be seeing his name pop up on many of our new productions. Songwriter Jake McLean (my former MGV bandmate) has just finished a retrospective compilation album of some of his finest songs that I mastered here as well. ‘The Roadies’ with Tony Straatman, Rob Blanchette, Peter and myself revived for a UWO faculty Christmas Party and that gave me an opportunity to shake the dust off my drum sticks so all in all a very busy, fun and productive year here at Bandshed Records!

  It’s been tough to decide which project to let out first but going with the flow has brought Connor’s song “See the Moon Smiling” to completion first. Connor and I often jam together and switch off on guitar and drums, a few months ago he started playing this song on his guitar and it had a really pronounced and memorable earworm of a melody and whenever we’d jam I’d say “hey play that pretty one!” He had attempted a demo of it but it needed some more development so I suggested to get our friend and bandmate Peter Cox to contribute a bass part… We guitarists think we can play bass on recordings but Peter always brings the ‘thunder magic’ to humble us and remind us what unique creatures bass players really are.. Over the holidays Connor and I put down a Live bed track and Peter came in later to add his bass and during a recent Video shoot we put it all together in front of Adam’s camera and here is the result. I’m not going to pretend I’m not a ‘proud Papa’ but I can honestly say had anyone come up with this song I would love this melody and want to hear it completed. For me to have the opportunity to play this live with Connor and Peter is a precious gift.

  For the gear nerds Connor played his Fender Jag through a TC Electronics ‘Hall of Fame 2’ reverb pedal set on shimmer straight into our beloved tweed Pro Junior amp miked with a Shure SM-57. Peter went into the board direct with his Ibanez 5 string and we miked up the Tama bop kit with shell mics and 2 overhead Aston ‘Origin’ condensers. Everything was recorded and edited using ‘Ardour’ for Audio and ‘Cinelerra-GG’ for Video in ‘AV Linux’ which is the production Operating System I develop. If you enjoy the song please gives us a comment on Youtube and subscribe to the ‘Bandshed Records’ Youtube channel!

With all that out of the way here is Connor’s “See the Moon Smiling”:

This is an updated 64bit AVL-MXE ISO to address the following issues:

The previous ISO release had the AVL-MXE Thunar custom actions overwritten by the MX Thunar defaults.. One of the best features of AVL-MXE is the numerous useful and unique Custom Actions so this needed to be fixed as soon as I discovered it!

Fixed Logout from the XFCE4 Whisker menu to use the Custom AVL-MXE logout and not the unthemed XFCE4 one..

I’ve added libxcb-util1 in order for people who use Bitwig to be able to install and use the latest Bitwig 3.3.10. Credit for these supplemental Packages goes to Stevo!

The LinVST ‘.so’ files have been refreshed on this ISO so Windows VST Plugin scans in Ardour should go a bit more smoothly the first time. It is crucial to run ‘Configure Wine-Staging’ from the AVL-MXE Assistant before running the first Plugin scan in Ardour 6.7!

This ISO features an easter egg of the new matching ‘Diehard3’ colors theming by default in Ardour 6.7. If you prefer the Ardour default theme then go to Edit–>Preferences–>Colors

*IMPORTANT!! If you installed the previous AVL-MXE-2021.05.22-xfce4-openbox-amd64 ISO you don’t have to upgrade or reinstall to get the fixes, simply follow these instructions:

To fix the missing AVL-MXE Thunar custom actions just download and extract this zip file and replace the ‘uca.xml’ file in ~/.config/Thunar/ in your home folder. On the next start of Thunar all those AVL-MXE custom actions should be back!

To get the Whisker menu pointed to the correct logout right-click on the panel Menu button and select ‘Properties’ and then make the changes in the image below:
















If (and only if) you want to install Bitwig 3.3.10 on AVL-MXE then download and install both the 32bit and 64bit versions of these ‘libxcb-util1’ Debian Packages before installing Bitwig.

Lastly if you are interested in adding the ‘Diehard’ colors theme to Ardour in your existing AVL-MXE install take a look here

Get the updated and fixed AVL-MXE 2021.06.18 ISO here

This will be the last AVL-MXE on MX-19/Debian Buster, work now begins on moving to future MX-21/Debian Bullseye and there will be no release of AVL-MXE based on Bullseye until after both Debian Bullseye and MX-21 are officially released.



Well what began as a bugfix/maintenance release has snowballed into a quasi new-features release especially in the case of the 64bit version with a move to Openbox and SLiM in an effort to put XFCE4 on Keto… As always the huge amount of helpful support and the generosity of the MX Linux developers, packagers and community have made this release possible.

32bit Version

– Fixed missing pulseaudio-module-jack.
– Fixed missing a2jmidid.
– Corrected Liquorix Repo for Buster.
– Removed now obsolete libfaudio OBS Repo.
– Changed ISO Live boot to Auto Login.
– Updated and enhanced User Manual significantly… PLEASE READ, THEN READ AGAIN!
– Updates and improvements to the AVL-MXE Assistant to make it take up less screen space.
– Tweaks to Default Diehard theming and AVL-MXE Logo and new DH Wallpapers.
– Move to a more traditional panel and taskbar from the previous Dock setup.
– Added several new Audio Plugins: Drops, MZuther Plugins, Airwindows.
– Updated SFizz to 1.0.
– Updated Dragonfly Reverbs to latest to fix random noise issue.
– Updated Ardour to 6.7.
– Updated Reaper build to 6.28 (now with LV2 Plugin support!).
– Updated Harrison Mixbus demo to 7.0.150.

Existing AVL-MXE 32bit users can obtain the updated Plugin Package here:

*Note, if you install this updated package you need to re-run LinVST!

64bit Version

– Changed Window Manager to Openbox!
– Removed xfwm and xfdesktop.
– Changed Wallpaper application to Nitrogen.
– Changed Login Manager to SliM.
– Created and added some background helper scripts for Openbox.
– Corrected Liquorix Repo for Buster.
– Removed now obsolete libfaudio OBS Repo
– Updated and enhanced User Manual significantly… PLEASE READ, THEN READ AGAIN!
– Updates and improvements to the AVL-MXE Assistant to make it take up less screen space.
– Tweaks Default Diehard theming and AVL-MXE Logo and new DH Wallpapers.
– Move to a more traditional panel and taskbar from the previous Dock setup.
– Added some new Audio Plugins: Drops, MZuther Plugins.
– Updated SFizz to 1.0.
– Updated Dragonfly Reverbs to latest to fix random noise issue.
– Updated Ardour to 6.7.
– Updated Reaper build to 6.28 (now with LV2 Plugin support!).
– Updated Harrison Mixbus demo to 7.0.150.
– Updated ACM Plugin demos to version 3.0.0.

Existing AVL-MXE 64bit users can obtain the updated Plugin Package here:

*Note, if you install this updated package you need to re-run LinVST!


– Do not post tech support questions in Blog posts or my Youtube Videos, I do not check either regularly at all. Please join the MX Linux forum and post tech support questions in the ‘MX Respins‘ forum section and specify that you are using AVL-MXE in your subject.

– Installer is the top menu item in Openbox menu… right-click and installer is right there!

– Wine-Staging has broken Windows VST Plugin support over several updates..
To ensure WinVST is working OOTB in all provided DAWS I have decided to lock Wine-Staging
at version 6.2 and have kept a slightly older version of LinVST (3.1.5) because it seems to reliably work in both Ardour and Reaper. If you want to risk breaking it all that’s your choice and you can unlock Wine-Staging in a Root terminal with ‘apt-mark unhold winehq-staging’. If you have no idea what any of this all means leave it at the default setting and profit!

As usual PLEASE download from the AVL-MXE Webpage… if you find AVL-MXE useful and produce Multimedia Content with it please consider supporting the project with a Donation! Any amount helps and a portion of donations are passed upstream for Kernel development, to and to MX Linux.

  I’ve done an example Video of how to set up Wine-Staging and Windows VST Audio plugins while running a Live boot session or for a fresh install:

Well… moving platforms is never easy and the wider exposure of the initial release ISO of AVL-MXE indicated that a few ponies got out of the corral on me… There was an internal checksum flaw in the 64bit ISO from my build environment that would prevent it from working with MX’s ‘Live USB Maker’ and this flaw could also potentially affect booting with other USB Key writing applications. If you were able to get the initial AVL-MXE installed and it is working for you there is no reason to be concerned this flaw does not affect integrity or security of the ISO. The cause of this was not easy to track down and if it were not for the tireless bulldog tenacity of MX dev ‘fehlix’ it would not be fixed. ‘dolphin_oracle’,  ‘Adrian’, ‘m_pav’ and ‘Stevo’ also deserve mention for their help behind the scenes… I can’t begin to describe the helpful generosity of the MX Developers, I’m very grateful!

So what else is fixed?

  • Updated Mixbus 32C demo to 6.2.70
  • Updated Qjackctl to 0.6.3
  • Updated Guitarix to 0.41
  • Fixed fugly QT5 number boxes.. eughhh!
  • Libreoffice updated to 7.0.3
  • Added GPG signatures to ISO files
  • Updated and synced all repos
  • Updated User Manual

Big news!

AVL-MXE gets many Multimedia applications from the included KXStudio repos, over time the focus of the KXStudio repos has shifted from General Applications to Audio Plugins.. The fallout from this has been some common Linux Audio Applications (ie Hydrogen, Qjackctl, Qtractor, Guitarix and Yoshimi) have aged to a few versions old and have fallen through the cracks.. I talked to MX Packager extraordinaire ‘Stevo’ and he agreed to package these few applications and they will soon appear in the MX Test repos! A huge thanks to Stevo and the MX packaging team, with these great apps now within MX this is a big step in helping AV Linux and MX merge together more closely in the future!


Q: Where is the Installer Icon on the 32bit Openbox ISO?

A: Right-click on the Desktop and the Installer is at the top of the Openbox Menu..

Q: The initial Ardour plugin scan fails!?

A: The Ardour scan will also scan some example WindowsVST plugins and the scan can fail if Wine-Staging has not been previously initiated on the system and gets forced to initialize on-the-fly by the Plugin scan.. To avoid this run ‘Configure Wine-Staging’ from the AVL-MXE Assistant to initialize Wine-Staging’s config before running Ardour for the first time and running the plugin scan. Look at the User Manual pages 57-58 for details..

Q: Libreoffice has a dark theme and I can’t see the toolbar icons!!

A: Libreoffice 7 will reflect the default ‘Diehard’ theme, if you want the toolbar icons to appear with more contrast then go to the Libreoffice Writer ‘Tools’–>’Options’–>’Libreoffice’–>’View’ and the select ‘Breeze Dark’ icons.

Q: I hate your stupid RT kernel and I want 3rd party Video Drivers!!!

A: Ok, you’re being rude…but… The special RT Preempt kernel is not hardcoded… it is the initial offering to offer the best low-latency operating potential and it is not common at all to have an out of the box RT setup so I offer one.. AVL-MXE has almost too many optional Kernel choices… You can install an AV Linux ‘lowlatency’ Kernel, you can install the high performing Liquorix Kernel, you can install one of the MX Kernels or you can install a Debian Kernel. I do not personally maintain or support the installation of 3rd party Video drivers but MX has applications and documents explaining how to do this and you are more than welcome to take advantage of them! As we get more users doing this we will get better data as to what the most straightforward way to achieve this is..

Q: Synaptic Package Manager tells me I have held packages and doesn’t apply the changes… what’s up with that??

A: The official MX Answer is to use their excellent MX Package Installer as an alternative to Synaptic but if you’re like me and very used to Synaptic hit the ‘Apply’ button in Synaptic a second time and the changes should go through..


You can find the updated ISO’s on the AVL-MXE Webpage!


On the heels of the latest AV Linux release it was with great shock and unexpected tears that I read today of the recent passing of W.P. (Bill) Morrow the developer of the Cinelerra-GG Project in a bicycle traffic accident. Why the tears? Did I know him? Were we good friends?

In my 12 years of working on AV Linux I have met many interesting people, a few in person at the Linux Audio Conference but most in online correspondence of one kind or another.. I’ve been a longtime User and supporter of the Cinelerra Video Editor project, it probably has the distinction of being one of the most loved and hated Open Source Software projects out there… I’m in the lover category..

Cinelerra has a long and dramatic storied history which is of secondary importance here, lets just say a few years ago the project was mortally wounded and expected to die to all except the sole remaining developer that was working on it. I was one of the dwindling people left on their CV (Community Version) Mailing List and was quickly losing hope that sustained development or significant improvement would ever return.. The project was brilliant under the hood but had languished and fallen badly out of step with the needs of the exploding mobile device Content Creation boom. A recent lapse and shocking loss of the projects web domain to a competitive fork cleared the decks of the few remaining supporters and developers very quickly so things were looking grim..

A couple of new names ‘Phyllis’ and ‘GoodGuy’ popped up on the mailing list and they seemed to be weirdly interested in helping with CV, they were at first met with some suspicion when it was revealed they had been working with the fork of Cinelerra that had snapped up the web domain but over time it became apparent there had been a falling out with that project and they felt their efforts would be more appreciated by the CV Community. Very soon after that things started happening in a hurry… GoodGuy created a new fork known at first as ‘5.1’ and had the audacity to take every viable fork of Cinelerra in existence and create a “Greatest Hits” version that was about 50% better right off the bat! Suddenly a project that saw a few GIT commits a month was seeing several GIT commits per day, whole features that had been debated on the mailing list literally for years appeared in a few weeks time.. User suggestions made in passing were popping up in GIT like Prairie Dogs! Of course the widening gulf between the developing rationale of the existing CV project and the new “GG” (GoodGuy) fork generated some tension that could only be alleviated by separating the Projects, ‘5.1’ became Cin (or Cinelerra-GG) and once on it’s own domain and mailing list development only accelerated! In no time an elaborate build server and an on-the-clock monthly release schedule were employed and with every update you could almost sense that the packaging was still warm from being worked on so voraciously!

But who were these people…? They were very quiet and private, as time went on it became evident that GoodGuy was the developer and Phyllis was the organizer and documenter. It took some probing of the source code commits at first to reveal that GoodGuy was W.P. (Bill) Morrow. They were not just tech coworkers they were a retired romantic couple! To occupy their time Bill took on Cinelerra as a retirement project.. now for a retired Software developer to contribute to an Open Source project is not unheard of… but a couple working on a Software Project together as a daily unpaid occupation!? You can’t write that stuff! When the name ‘Phyllis’ appeared we few solitary nerds left on the mailing list were quickly amazed that a female of any kind was posting (which is a sad fact) but her mercurial efficiency and attention to detail was what really what got our attention. In very short order this dream team took a project with rapidly fading potential and turned it into an absolute powerhouse of a Video Editor!

This is all worth noting for the software story alone of course but that hasn’t prompted me to write this.. I know loads of well-run successful Software projects. To see two people so focused on a completely voluntary common goal and working together in such solidarity has been very inspiring to me. To see the fruit of that labour make such an incredible difference to something as esoteric as a software project has underscored to me what the power of unity, common purpose and knowing to embrace each others strengths is. I have seen all of this in contrast as someone whose long-term marriage failed around the time that Phyllis and ‘Goodguy’ started appearing on my computer screen so their inspiring example is bittersweet but still so strongly instructive and meaningful..

So are we friends? I don’t know..  we know of each other and have corresponded.. we appreciate each others work… For my part I can say that these people by example have touched my life in a way that many of my close friends and family have not. When I read the crushing news about Bill today my heart sunk as it does when a close friend or relative has passed.. We Users of Cinelerra-GG will remember Bill when we launch the program, when we enjoy our feature request he diligently included and when we read his name in Phyllis’ immaculate release notes. But to Phyllis who shared much more than a Software Project with Bill what can we say? What words can express and provide comfort and meaning in the face of such a devastating loss??

Phyllis I am so sorry for your loss, you and your family are being held in our hearts and minds and as Bill rests in peace we hope that in time peace will rest upon you..


After several months of behind the scenes work two ISO’s of a brand new project “AV Linux MX Edition” have been released! With 32bit XFCE4/Openbox and 64bit XFCE4 versions this new project is based on MX Linux 19.3 ‘Patito Feo’. The MX development team is aware of this project and have kindly provided assistance and a warm welcome but it is important to note that this project is an unofficial Respin and at the current time not under the umbrella of the antiX/MX projects. MX is the new home base of AV Linux and I’m very excited about combining the phenomenal tools and utilities of MX with the well-known Content Creation focus that has defined AV Linux since 2008. Users of the current Debian Buster based AV Linux can continue to enjoy repository updates and work with AV Linux as long as they are comfortable but all future development will be going into the AV Linux MX Edition (AVL-MXE) version from now on. I’m only one little fella in a great big world and there are never enough hours in the day!

Highlights of this Release:

  • Kernel 5.9.1-rt19 (32bit) and Kernel 5.9.1-rt20 (64bit).
  • These kernels include the Bluetooth stack security fix.
  • XFCE4 with Openbox in the 32bit version.
  • Full XFCE4 Desktop in the 64bit version.
  • Greatly expanded AVL-MXE Assistant
  • New custom “Diehard” and “Earth” Themes.
  • Updated AVL-MXE User Manual.
  • Ardour 6.5 DAW (full version) with new VST3 support!
  • Harrison Mixbus 6.2.26 DAW (demo version) with new VST3 support!
  • Harrison AVA Plugin Demos *may not work with all openGL setups.
  • Reaper (demo version) makes it’s native Linux debut on AVL-MXE!
  • Hundreds of included top-shelf FLOSS Audio plugins… too many to list!
  • Odin2 and Surge synths join the list!
  • Demo Audio plugin versions (including VST3 versions!)
  • Demos:  ACM, Audio Assault, Auburn Sounds, Cut Through, OverTone
  • One-click removal of all Demoware.
  • Full Wine-staging setup with LinVst 3.1.5 files pre-configured.
  • Video Editor heaven with Avidemux, Cin, Kdenlive and Olive!
  • Graphics heaven with Blender, GIMP, Inkscape and Shotwell!
  • 10000 things I forgot to mention… Just boot it and see for yourself!

An in-depth overview Release Video:


*IMPORTANT! – Username and Password are ‘demo’ Root Password is ‘root’. The 32bit version of AVL-MXE uses the SliM Login Manager and requires Manual login. The 64bit version will Auto login and uses lightDM. The full RT Preempt Kernel in AVL-MXE doesn’t not work well with recent versions of Virtualbox, it is discouraged to use AVL-MXE virtualized!

Visit the AVL-MXE webpage for more info and Download Mirrors… AVL-MXE takes a tremendous amount of time to put together, test, document and maintain. You are getting a completely operational Workstation for free but my hosting is not free. Please consider visiting the PayPal button on the AVL-MXE webpage or make a donation to MX Linux in support of their great work!

OK, get it here!

Rated Blue “JOY” Album Art

  A whole Blog post about an album release!!?? Well yeah, albums are a big deal around here, especially ones that have taken as long to finish as this one.. If you’re only gonna to be a blip on a newsfeed or forum might as well pack as much info in as you can. “JOY” is the third 7 song set by Rated Blue and was originally intended to be released in 2017 after our second “Turnabout” album.. “Turnabout” dealt largely with what was happening in the American 2016 Election and dealt with the (at the time) preposterous notion that Donald Trump was the front runner… what an uhm… err… ‘surprise’ when he became much more than that.. The unexpected inversion of reality in the Western world, a marriage ending and other factors contributed to a severe case of artistic apathy and a couple of completed songs for “JOY” sat and languished forgotten until recently when the Muse’s whispers once again could be heard and some new ideas took form. An added inspiration was the addition of a new friend and collaborator Dave Williams who appeared in our studio with the band of a good friend I was doing some paid work for. Dave is a retired music teacher and lifelong musician and was right at home with our Hammond L-100 organ and Leslie having taken the same rig on the road years ago. After their first session here Dave told me “hey, if you ever need someone to play Hammond on any recordings give me a call”, it was all I could do not to kiss him! Rated Blue is a guitar trio and I have always thought if we ever gained a collaborator they would need to be much more than a ‘keyboardist’ but someone who actually knew how to play Hammond as an instrument unto itself with the switches, drawbars and Leslie and all the good stuff that makes a Hammond a Hammond. For the universe to put that exact human being right into our obscure little studio in the middle of nowhere is nothing short of a miracle..

  “JOY” collects songs new and old,  some being written 20+ years ago that have been dabbled with and demoed but never properly recorded and released with a band (Mesmerized, Engine 18, Joy). In addition are songs that range from a couple of years old (Wrong Foot, Don’t Let Me Linger) to the newest being written within the past month or so (My Brother John, Chances Are) Although there is a cohesive theme underlying the selection of songs on JOY it is not as singularly focused as Turnabout was. Previously we’ve always tried to record and present songs as we would perform them live at shows but this time we let the songs dictate what they needed and as a result they are much more stylistically and sonically diverse than anything we’ve done yet. The extra texture of the Hammond in turn opened our ears to experimenting with more keyboard sounds and Vocal harmonies to complement the full wattage power-trio sound we have had from the beginning, the bare-knuckled baritone telecasters, Peter Cox’s “magic mortar” bass playing and Connor’s explosively precise drumming are still very much intact and the song arrangements have become a little longer and more adventurous as well so we’re kind of excited to push this baby out the door!

  We are fortunate to have produced this album “DIY” with our own independent Studio and Label. We also have enjoyed the freedom of using our own Studio Operating System and a great combination of Open Source and Commercial Linux-based Audio software, the DAW we used is Ardour, an excellent project getting better all the time. The DIY aesthetic has long meant independence from large music labels and corporations but it is important for musicians to realize the creative tools you use can also be independent from large proprietary Software companies on the production side of things. The album is linked here to Soundcloud for free listening for anyone but releases will soon follow next week on Spotify, Google Play, Apple Music and all major streaming platforms, if you like what we’ve done and you subscribe to any of these streaming services please consider listening and following us on them to help us build more of an audience and earn a small return on our invested time and effort. We are aware of how many places there are for people’s attention to be divided in this day and age so we are very grateful to anyone for taking time to listen, critique or comment, it is very much appreciated! 

Here is “JOY”


Now on Spotify (and all other major streaming services)..




AV Linux 2020.5.10 RELEASE NOTES!


  A month has passed since AV Linux 2020.4.10 was released and although it was a very well received release (Donald Trump reportedly said it was “tremendous” with “all of the best people” involved!) it was plagued by a rather annoying bug in “Systemback” (the application used to create the ISO image and install to the Users system). Systemback is currently unmaintained but it was independently forked to add support for installing to NVMe drives and this fork had a bug in it which caused the AV Linux installs to be twice the size they should be. Two people deserve thanks for getting this situation remedied.. Dan Kinzelman for the bug report and Franco Conidi (the developer of the forked Systemback version) for responding to my out-of-the-blue request to fix it.

OK, Wait.. Glen I just installed 2020.4.10 and set it up how I want!!?? You’re a jerk and AV Linux sucks!!!

Well that’s kind of rude, but you have a point so if you’ve installed the 2020.4.10 version please refer to this blog post:

AV Linux 2020.5.10 Changelog:

– Systemback issue with installs being double the size fixed!
– Moved to 5.4.28 lowlatency Kernel as default (Virtualbox 6.1 does not like RT Kernels)
*note the RT Kernel is of course available in Synaptic for those who prefer it post-install.
– AV Linux Assistant typo fixes and switched to xfce4-terminal for scripts.
– Added button to AVL Assistant to disable Touchpads having mouse behaviour.
– Updates and clarifications in the User Manual.
*See the Flatpak Commands (Page 114) section to avoid dealing with that horrible GTK3 frontend!
– Switched ‘EQ10Q’ Plugins to the developers binaries for Ardour compatibility.

AV Linux 2020.5.10 Not Fixed:

– Rare issue of PulseAudio not starting, it is a much bigger issue than AV Linux with no clear cause.
– UEFI Installs… On many UEFI Systems installation works as expected – some don’t *shrugs.. I can’t fix this.
– NVMe Installs… Many NVMe users have been able to install successfully – some haven’t… Again, I can’t fix this.
– No update of Hydrogen to Beta2, it doesn’t compile for me and it’s packaging script also fails. I used to go down these rabbit holes, I don’t any more…;-)

Before Downloading AV Linux 2020.5.10:

Please RTFM!!:
Please install from a Live Session, not from the Boot Screen Install prompt!
Please use Unetbootin to create bootable USB Keys!!

Download from the AV Linux webpage… If you find it great, please donate! If you find it good tell the neighborhood!! If it doesn’t work… well maybe you can just keep that to yourself and quietly ask for help here:

AV Linux

  Well… sometimes things don’t go exactly as planned and in the software world that is often the case, now that AV Linux 2020 has been out for a while some known issues have come to light so here is some information in case you’re affected..

Issue 1: Some Users have reported PulseAudio doesn’t connect to the Audio hardware or takes its sweet time to connect.. A Google search of this problem yields quite a few hits especially with Ubuntu users so this seems to be a known PulseAudio problem affecting some systems and not necessarily specific to AV Linux.. What happens is, if you boot into a session the PulseAudio applet on the panel displays with an ‘X’ which means it’s muted and a notification tells you “Establishing connection to PulseAudio. Please wait…”. Some people report that it doesn’t connect at all, some report that after a minute or two it connects and others report that on a reboot it works as expected with no further issues.. The problem seems to be with PulseAudio writing it’s config files in $HOME/.config/pulse and since it occurs elsewhere and doesn’t affect everyone the only ‘fix’ I can suggest is to try rewriting the pulse folder and files by opening a regular Terminal and using this command:

mv ~/.config/pulse ~/.config/pulse.old

Then restart PulseAudio’s sound server manually with this command:

pulseaudio --start

Issue 2: This is a big one…literally! AV Linux uses Systemback to create it’s bootable ISO files and to copy (install) and uncompress the Live ISO filesystem to your hard drive. The original developer of Systemback ceased development almost 4 years ago and as time has gone on more and more people with newer computer systems are needing support to install to NVMe SSD drives which Systemback didn’t support… just before AV Linux 2020 was released a User tipped me off to a fork of Systemback that now supports NVMe drives, of course I was ecstatic to see the NVMe problem solved just like that! Well… the good news is NVMe installs work, the bad news is that this fork of Systemback has a bug that seems to install AV Linux to NVMe and all types of hard drives as expected but it installs both the usual way to the User selected HDD partitions and it also additionally seems to retain the Live filesystem in a “/lib/live/mount” folder and copy it to the Users hard drive. Now “/lib/live/mount” is a necessary folder on the Live ISO but it is not necessary at all on the installed system so in effect Systemback is double-installing the AV Linux filesystem in 2 different locations which is not harmful or detrimental in any way to performance but it makes an install take up much more hard drive space than it should with a copied over useless folder containing the entire filesystem! A few Users had reported surprise at how large the installed filesystem was and one User did the homework necessary to identify the problem (thanks Dan!) So despite this annoying new issue let me reiterate it does no harm to your system and is quite unnoticeable in daily use but of course who wants Gb of wasted space on their HDD!? The solution is brutal but simple, we simply need to remove the useless /lib/live/mount folder which can be done in 2 ways… The simplest way is to open a Root Terminal and issue the following command:


rm -rf /lib/live/mount

Deleting the mount folder and contents may take several seconds…For those who don’t feel comfortable issuing a Root command and want to click a button I have made an updated AV Linux Assistant that will do this with a button, this updated Assistant also will install “winetricks” and provide a button to run it for those who want to further customize Wine-Staging as a newly added feature as well.

The updated AVL Assistant is here:
















*ADDENDUM: An updated 1.9.4 version of Systemback which fixes this issue has been provided (Thanks Franco Conidi!). If you’ve deleted the folder referred to above and wish to use Systemback to make your own customized ISO or for it’s backup capabilities then you will want grab it and install it. Download the ‘tar.gz’ folder and extract it, run the ‘’ script as Root and follow the terminal prompts and it will upgrade Systemback to 1.9.4.

Find it here:

Issue 3: The ‘EQ10Q’ plugins don’t display their GUI’s in Ardour… Ugh, this is a long running issue that results from the EQ10Q Plugins being compiled with a different GTK2 version than the one in Ardour.. This type of persistent issue is the reason that many developers of Linux Audio plugins are abandoning Desktop toolkits (GTK 2,3 and QT) and using much more compatible X11 libs to create Plugin GUI’s. To obtain a set of these plugins that will work with Ardour is is necessary to uninstall the existing ‘eq10q’ package with Synaptic Package Manager and then go to the EQ10Q Website here:



These may not be the only issues in AV Linux 2020 but these are the most currently prominent ones, more may be added to this post in the future…

AV Linux 2020.4.10 RELEASE NOTES!

AV Linux 2020 DesktopAV Linux Software DemosCinelerra-GG Video Editor

  Shortly after the Christmas holidays some time opened up for me to work on an AV Linux update and as time went on the rumours about a new respiratory virus started to permeate the mainstream media and now here we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic! So it is with mixed feelings but much gratitude I release the latest ISO of AV Linux 2020. I am very thankful for the multitudes of talented developers and collaborators from all over the world whose incredible work I get to present and share on this little DVD-sized serving platter, my compliments to the chefs!! It occured to me recently that with the exception of Ubuntu Studio and perhaps the CCRMA project AV Linux is the longest running Linux Audio Distribution out there, As with many DIY spare time projects there have been times of ebb and flow and even a few times when continuing seemed to be impossible but I have to say the odds were never great for a Canadian farmer to pull this off in the first place and it’s still here!

  Unlike older versions of AV Linux this LiveISO is not aiming to provide an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink experience, running Linux Distros live off thumbdrives is fun but in the real world nobody is going to spend a sustained amount of time using any Operating System to it’s full potential from a USB Key… what’s possible isn’t necessarily practical. The idea here is to focus on a fast, efficient and attractive base and complement it with strong front-running applications to showcase good performance and reliable software with an eye toward practicality and economy. Ardour and Mixbus32C are great included DAW examples but what makes AV Linux a good platform for Ardour also makes it a good platform for Qtractor, Reaper, Bitwig, Renoise, Waveform or whatever DAW you prefer. For those not experienced with Linux Audio the intention is to answer your questions before you know to ask them and provide most of the laborious ‘next steps’ that would be required if you were to start with a basic vanilla Linux Distribution and configure it for the best Audio performance.

  For those who may doubt the seriousness or potential of such an independent homespun DIY project to be of any value I ask you to to simply try it and see, download it, copy it to a USB Key with Unetbootin and boot it. Read the User Manual (the only one of its kind in Linux Audio) and hopefully you will see that the countless hours invested in curating, compiling, maintaining and ‘fixing problems you didn’t know you had yet’ since 2007 have some merit and will provide you with a fast, productive and powerful platform to create top shelf multimedia content that can go toe to toe with any platform out there…

Now go create a masterpiece!


Moved to Debian 10 “Buster”
New 5.4.28 RT and lowlatency Kernels (Thanks Trulan Martin!)
New Systemback fork with NVMe support – *not tested here, plz give feedback!
Added Pulseaudio Bluetooth module and BT support frontends
Disabled Automounting of External drives on LiveISO, it can be re-enabled post-install
*Some Users viewed automount as a security intrusion..*shrugs
Removed all KDE libs and Kdenlive, too much bulk and ISO space for one application
*Kdenlive can easily be installed from Debian or Flatpak post-install
Added latest KXStudio Repositories compliant with Debian Buster
Added New Thunar Custom Actions including Sample editing and Image manipulation
Completely rewritten ‘AV Linux Assistant’ with many new features
Consolidation of many small AVL scripts and apps into AV Linux Assistant
Consolidation of extra Plugins into a single ‘avlinux-extra-plugins’ Package
Added many new Fonts for Graphics projects
Added new feature to update 3rd Party Repo GPG Keys from ‘Quick Update’
Added new extended software platforms ‘Flatpak and Docker’ and their Repos
Now featuring the Demo Version of Mixbus 32C 6.0.652
Added Applied Computer Music Technologies Demo Plugins
Added Auburn Sounds Demo Plugins
Added Cut Through Recordings Demo Plugins
Added OvertoneDSP Demo Plugins
It’s SFZ Heaven! added SFizz and LiquidSFZ to complement SFZero and linuxsampler
Added Surge Synthesizer *gui doesn’t work in Ardour/Mixbus
Added Tunefish4 Synthesizer *gui doesnt work in Ardour/Mixbus
Added Sitala Drum sampler
Added “B” Plugins
Added Airwindows VST Plugins
Added Flameshot Screenshot editor to replace deprecated ‘Shutter”
Added FAudio packages and repository to support Wine Staging 5+


Updated AV Linux User Manual for latest Release
Updated Theme and Icons to recent Numix GIT
Synced to latest KXStudio Updates
Synced to latest Cinelerra-GG build
Synced to latest Wine-Staging version
Updated linvst to 2.8
Updated pajackconnect script to 1.0
Updated Hydrogen Drum Machine to 1.0.0 beta
Updated Polyphone to 2.0.1
Updated Yoshimi to
Updated Dragonfly Reverb Plugins to 3.0
Updated Ninjas2 Plugins
Updated Noise-Repellent to 0.1.5
Probably much more… I didn’t write it all down.. 😳


Download (and please only) download from the mirrors on the AV Linux Webpage. If you find AV Linux useful after a reasonable evaluation period please consider supporting my time invested by using the PayPal Donate button. Any amount is very much appreciated and to those who have donated in the past you have my sincere gratitude, I’m not always available to send a personal thanks but please know your donations are very important to support upstream applications and Kernel development and they let me know that you think this work is worth continuing!

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AV Linux 2020.4.10 Known Issues: