AV Linux 2020.4.10 Released!

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!

Hold on! Please RTFM First: http://www.bandshed.net/pdf/AVL2020UserManual.pdf
AV Linux Web Page: http://www.bandshed.net/avlinux/

For tech support issues please post in this thread at linuxmusicians.com:


Pleas see this post containing some important known issues in AV Linux 2020.4.10

AV Linux 2020.4.10 Known Issues:

19 thoughts on “AV Linux 2020.4.10 Released!

  1. Austin

    So excited to see ongoing development on this. Eager to give it a spin, and thank you 🙂

  2. Ernesto Flores

    In this new version of AVLinux, do the CALF plugins work too? Currently I use Elementary 5.1, with it all the CALF plugins do work for it, both in Audacity and in Ardour.
    Greetings and thanks from Mexico.

  3. GMaq Post author


    Yes, the Calf Plugins have always been in AV Linux and have always been working to my knowledge. I have personally not tested them in Audacity though..

  4. Shadowbass

    Live login, simply doesn’t work for me. Type in suggested username and password, and it just goes round, but never logs in. Simply gave up. Shouldn’t need password just for live trying out the distro. Looks nice though.

  5. GMaq Post author


    Sorry you’re having difficulty but I can assure you live login works as we have many successful installs already, Are you using a non-English keyboard or is your caps lock on? The reason there is a login is because the “Systemback” utility that is used to create the ISO images and to install the images to a computer is set up to require login.

  6. Smokey

    I agree with the above Shadowbass coments had the same problem in trying to login to a live session. Surely if you want user to view, try and probable install the OS, the log-in to a Live session should be straight forward. For a user like myself with little Linux experience it’s too difficult to use.

  7. Matt

    Sorry if this has been asked before (just came across your site today!), but have you done any tweaks to improve quality of audio playback in your distro? I’m not sure if my ears are playing tricks on me, but music playback sounds better on your live ISO vs my current system (Fedora 32) – and that’s after I’ve modified the Pulseaudio Daemon per the various ‘improve linux audio’ guides out there. I didn’t see any tweaks in your Pulseaudio Daemon so wondering if there’s anything you’re doing on AVL that I could be doing on my current distro?? Or am i just imagining things? lol

  8. GMaq Post author


    I’m a bit puzzled by this issue and can’t reproduce it here, so a few questions..? Did you download the AV Linux ISO from one of the mirrors on this site? Are you using ‘isotester’ for the username and ‘avl64’ for the password? Are you certain you don’t have caps lock on or using a non-English keyboard?

  9. GMaq Post author


    AV Linux is tweaked for Audio performance and has a full RT Preempt kernel as well as customizations to make JACK and PulseAudio work together seamlessly but as far as the sound servers themselves there are no tweaks or customized configs. To be honest I can’t give a reason why Audio would sound better on one distro or the other..

  10. Smokey

    GMaq, After reading through all the comments and double checking my username and password entries, i finally are in and now the testing begins. First impressions very complex and far to many packages installed, many I would never use but I’ll give it ago. Thanks for your help.

  11. Keshav

    Hi GMaq,

    Systemback installer now see my NVMe SSD. Installer works fine. System is snappy as always. 🙂

  12. dreng

    Too bad. After two years Hydrogen beta 2 released just a few days before you released this version. Unfortunately it did not make it to this release of AV Linux.

    Nevertheless, thank you very much for your steady, rock solid work.

    Just to comment the above posts: I haven’t had any problems logging in. Tested live ISO with KVM virtual machine.

  13. inetbook

    Hi, tons of thanks for the awsome distro which I have been interested for quite a many years!
    I want to donate to you,but I find only one way to do so (paypal,which is not convinient in my country) , so I suggest you that add a new method to pay , both WECHAT PAY or Alipay are good!
    thanks again!

  14. j

    this all looks great! following the manual it says i should be able to add carla as a plugin within ardour. but its not showing up. what am i missing? tried from live system and installed. everything else working fine. thanks

  15. j

    oh got it. my bad……. “it can be loaded into a channel strip” I was trying to load it as a track. rtfm

  16. JDB

    Systemback installer did not work for UFEI install. Its not greyed out and the option for EFI is not there. Does it have something to do with the name in the corner is edmond broke and not the same as the AV manual working version ?

  17. Roy


    First of all Thanks a lot for the new release!.

    I have been using AVlinux for quite some time now with my RME Multiface I but on this release the HDSPMixer is not available anymore so I have no sound. Could you please point me in the right direction?

    Appreciate your time, many thanks in advance and looking forward to hearing from you!


  18. GMaq Post author


    The RME Mixer interface is in the ‘alsa-tools-gui’ package that you can install from Synaptic. I used to have it in older versions of AV Linux but it generates several outdated looking multimedia menu entries for hardware that is getting pretty old these days (even if it still works good) so I removed it from AVL 2020..

  19. GMaq Post author


    The ‘edmond’ name in Systemback is because we are using a newer fork of Systemback that supports NVMe drives, it still works the same with UEFI installs. Did you follow the UEFI installation instructions in the User manual?

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