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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:

Downloads:

*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)..

 

 

 

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AV Linux 2020.5.10 RELEASE NOTES!
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AV LINUX 2020.5.10 IS RELEASED!

  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:


http://www.bandshed.net/2020/04/27/av-linux-2020-4-10-known-issues/

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!!: http://www.bandshed.net/pdf/AVL2020UserManual.pdf
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: https://linuxmusicians.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=21286

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:

*NOTE! THIS IS FOR INSTALLS OF AV LINUX ONLY, DO NOT DO THIS ON A LIVE ISO!!

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:

http://bandshed.net/packages/AVL-2020/avl-controlpanel/avlinux-assistant_12.0-buster1-3_all.deb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*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 ‘install.sh’ script as Root and follow the terminal prompts and it will upgrade Systemback to 1.9.4.

Find it here: http://bandshed.net/packages/AVL-2020/systemback/systemback-install_pack-1.9.4.tar.gz

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:

Home

 

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…

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AV Linux 2020.4.10 RELEASE NOTES!
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AV LINUX 2020.4.10 IS RELEASED!

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!

*WHAT’S NEW!?

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+

*WHAT’S UPDATED!?

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 1.7.0.1
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.. 😳

*GO GET IT!

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:

https://linuxmusicians.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=21286

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

AV Linux 2020.4.10 Known Issues:

Hi,

This is a difficult post to make but it’s time…

As some may have noticed I hadn’t been on the AV Linux forum much since the April release of 2019.. There were many reasons for this but what it mostly boiled down to is prioritization of time. I wasn’t able to maintain the forum consistently on a daily basis, some days I had plenty of time and just as often it was difficult to be there more than once a week. On a personal level the last 2 years have brought a lot of major changes, some good and some bad… among them the end of a 27 year marriage and everything that accompanies a major life change like that. I am still processing priorities for myself, my kids and my business. This is in no way the sole cause or an excuse, but it is a factor in what is going on. I want to be crystal clear, nobody needs to feel sorry for me, I have my health, a comfortable living and supportive friends and family so this isn’t a scenario of “his life went down the toilet”. It’s more a situation of “if you’re going to do something, do it right” and the way the forum was serving the members wasn’t good enough for you (or me), so it was time for a change.

I’ve never been a “software guy”, I don’t write code and I can barely pull off a bash script without screwing it up 27 times before getting it to work. Music has always been my passion in life and when I discovered Linux and it’s Audio community back in 2006 or so I was very inspired to give back what had so generously been given to me by the hundreds of talented developers created the apps I was using so I learned how to make a tweaked Linux Audio system I could use and then I learned to duplicate it… That’s probably where this story should have ended because beyond that I probably have NONE of the skills, talents and educational prerequisites to properly and effectively administrate and support a Computer Operating System…lol

More than 10 years of time, hard work and the help and support of exceedingly kind and generous people have helped AV Linux become a “thing”… a thing that some people like, and a thing that some people dislike…lol. If something becomes a thing, then there is an implied need for accountability for and if people are using it and even donating to it a feeling of responsibility to provide some sort of support service. When I started including the User Manual with AV Linux I hoped that would stem much of the forum traffic since I’ve always felt somewhat inadequate and stupid as a forum administrator that could truthfully answer about 3 out of 10 user questions.. The Manual has received a lot of positive attention and I’m grateful for that but there was still need for a forum and I tried to do my best to juggle other priorities and be present on it. I will be eternally grateful for the AV Linux forum members that donated their time and expertise to the forum and greatly assisted both myself and other Users. The truth is we didn’t have a large enough and active enough community here for me to keep the forum up and personally be on it so inconsistently. The online world we participate in today is not a hospitable environment to projects that are not being vigilant about security issues so I made the difficult but necessary decision to pull the plug on the Forum.

Don’t stop reading yet!!

AV Linux itself will continue as long as I continue to create music with Linux Audio, however with the closure of the forum I am also divesting myself of any responsibility of timelines or hollow promises about WHEN new versions will come out… however NEW VERSIONS WILL CONTINUE when I have such time and need to release them and the User Manual will also continue to be improved and added to. The AVL Drumkits will also continue to be worked on and improved and I already have plans to expand the line with a vastly improved hand percussion set and new small TAMA Bop Kit. The AV Linux Kernel Repository will also continue as long as Trulan wants to do kernel work for AV Linux but he, like myself is busy with his life and family and has the freedom to retire whenever he feels the urge to do so.

I’m sure this will disappoint some people, good people that have hung on and hung out on the forum for many years already. How things had become was also disappointing… disappointing to new Users and people who don’t understand that a project like AV Linux is not a large Distro entity like Ubuntu or Fedora so they showed up expecting a vibrant community, a friendly hello and an answer to their questions only to be greeted with silence or even worse a single Administrator who may not have the answer. It didn’t serve the project, it’s Users or satisfy my personal sense of propriety to keep going like that.

I can not be more humbled that people have taken time to try, install and use AV Linux and then joined the forum community. As I’ve said before the members that have contributed ideas, code, suggested improvements (and most importantly answered those 7 out of 10 questions I failed on) have my sincerest gratitude, Thank you so much!!

The AV Linux forum was archived for information purposes and depending on future support needs other AV Linux support options that don’t require my daily presence are being looked into.

All the best and thanks very much for your attention and understanding..

Glen

AV Linux 2019.4.10 has been released (8 days early!) 😉

This release is basically an update of the ISO that fixes a couple of annoying bugs from the 2018.6.25 release with some notable updates and additions. It will mark the last release based on Debian Stretch and sadly it will also be the last release of the 32bit version. Future AVL development will focus on Debian ‘Buster’ and 64bit only. In the meantime I think this 2019.4.10 version will provide a fast, stable well prepared platform for AV Content creation for quite some time.

CHANGELOG:

Refreshed expired Repository Keys for WineHQ and Spotify.
Updated and Fixed Repositories for New Cinelerra-GG site.
Updated and Synced all Debian and 3rd Party Repos (including KXStudio).
Fixed VBox Guest Additions removal script to allow /etc/rc.local to remain executable and enable Automount of external drives. (thanks korakios)
Fixed missing ‘linvstconverttree’ in LinVST.
Removed some obsoleted udev rules.
Installed and configured new Numix Circle Theme with AVL Customizations.
Updated Mixbus Demo to 5.2.191.
Updated LSP Plugins to 1.1.9.
Updated LinVST to 2.4.3 (now provided and working on 32bit and 64bit ISOs).
Removed redundant ‘ArdourVST’ build on 32bit ISO.
Updated Dragonfly Reverb Plugins to 1.1.2.
Added KPP-Plugins 1.0+GIT
Added AViDemux (very handy Video tool)

New to AV Linux?

Please RTFM: http://bandshed.net/pdf/AVL2019UserManual.pdf

Find it here: http://www.bandshed.net/avlinux/

Best Regards and Enjoy!
Glen

Hi everyone,

AV Linux 2018.6.25 (aka “50 years of GMaq!”) has been released, I have entered a new decade today and want to celebrate with an improved AVL Release..

The April AV Linux 2018.4.12 release had a lot of improvements and updates with regards to the Audio and Video applications but some improvements needed to be made for systems with UEFI booting and systems with recent AMD Video display adapters not covered by SGFXI. I personally have no UEFI (or AMD) computers to test with and only could use VirtualBox for UEFI testing and thanks to bug reports from a few users and several fixes provided by our forum member ‘korakios’ I think many of the issues for actual hardware UEFI machines have now been addressed. If you have already successfully installed and updated AV Linux 2018.4.12 then you will not really need to be concerned with the updated June ISOs.

Fixes/Improvements:

-New 4.16 kernel with full RT Preempt and improved support for newer AMD Video cards.
-threadirqs was accidentally removed from the grub boot options, now fixed.
-UEFI boots that failed due to missing FAT32 ascii modules should now be fixed.
-Unetbootin boot failures due to missing FAT32 ascii modules should now be fixed.
-Virtualbox Guest Additions will now be automatically removed on Non-Virtualbox installs.
-Cinelerra 5.1 (aka Cin) has a new functionality to support LV2 Audio Plugins (initial release, may require restart on first run).
-LSP Plugins are updated to 1.1.2
-Cleaned up wrong menu entry of ZynAddSubFX JACK multi
-Updated relevant info in the AV Linux User Manual.

A huge thanks to korakios for the work on UEFI improvements and trulan for the updated 4.16 kernels, thanks also to those who provided bug reports and tested ISOs, your time is very much appreciated!

The linuxaudio.org mirror up and running, Bytemark will come online sometime in the next few days.

Get it here: http://www.bandshed.net/avlinux/

AV Linux 2018.4.12 has been Released!!

*BUGFIXES

-Updated 4.9.76 RT Kernel with KPTI ‘Meltdown’ security patch (64bit AVL Only) – Thanks Trulan Martin!
*KPTI can be disabled at boot, see Manual page 76, Be aware no 32bit KPTI patch exists!
-Numerous important fixes to compatibility with KXStudio Repos – Thanks falkTX!
-Updated and fixed outdated Cin 5.1 and Spotify Repositories.
-WineASIO now works properly.
-Removed Grub-Customizer because it doesn’t work on UEFI installs.

*NEW ADDITIONS

-ISO files now have accompanying MD5 and SHA256 files, verify your downloads! (Manual page 5)
-Optional ‘lowlatency’ Kernels (Required for Proprietary Video Drivers) – Thanks Trulan Martin!
-Optional ‘SGFXI’ Proprietary Video Driver Install (Requires ‘lowlatency’ Kernel).
-UEFI install (64bit AVL only) *So far only tested in VBox! – Thanks korakios and arjepsen!
-Wine-Staging replaces Debian’s Wine packaging and WineHQ Repos have been added.
-Added firmware for Echo Audio devices
-Dynamic CPU Frequency adjustment (in ‘Settings’ menu) – Thanks korakios!
-Realtime Quick Config scan to check system tuning – Thanks raboof!
-Standalone AV Linux DD LiveUSB Writer to create ISOHybrid LiveUSB keys – Thanks Tony Brijeski!
-Simple Killswitch Utility to shut down unwanted processes.
-Kdenlive is back on the menu!
-Yoshimi comes back! – Thanks Will Godfrey!
-Xhip Synth and Plugins http://xhip.net/ – Thanks acidose!
-LinVST (64bit AVL only) – Thanks osxmidi!
-SFZero SFZ Instrument Plugin – Thanks osxmidi!
-Noise Repellent Noise Reduction Plugin – Thanks lucianodato!
-Added new Shuriken Beat Slicer Repositories – Thanks rockhopper!
-Added Dragonfly Reverb plugins – Thanks Michael Willis, rghvdberg!
-Cool Retro Terminal… it’s just for fun!

*NOTEWORTHY UPDATES

-AVL User Manual is now 130 pages with numerous additions, expanded content and clarifications.
-Official bundled builds of Ardour 5.12, ArdourVST 5.12 (32bit AVL only) – Thanks Paul Davis, Robin Gareus et al!
-Harrison Mixbus 4.3 and Plugin Demos- Thanks Ben Loftis, Robin Gareus!
-All Applications and Plugins from the KXStudio Repos are synced and updated – Thanks falkTX and all FOSS developers!
-AVL Drumkits LV2 0.2.3 – Thanks Robin Gareus!
-Cinelerra ‘Cin 5.1’ Video Editor (SO many improvements!!) – Thanks Goodguy, Phyllis!
-LSP Plugins 1.1.1 – Thanks sadko4u!
-Shuriken Beat Slicer 0.5.1 – Thanks rockhopper!
-Polyphone 1.8.
-Quick Updater Utility cleaned up.

*THANKS!

anahata, ByteMark, and Jeremy Jongepier at linuxaudio.org for Download facilities!
rockhopper, NUMAflex, drwhat – ISO Testing
jjfro, drwhat, ufug, magicalex and all other Manual Proofreaders!

*KNOWN ISSUES

-KPTI will introduce a performance hit, it’s debatable how much it will impact Audio work but it does have an impact.
*KPTI can be disabled which will restore performance but leave your machine vulnerable to the ‘Meltdown’ exploit.
-Booting is slower on UEFI computers and getting to login takes longer.
-A recent update of Unetbootin no longer works to create bootable LiveUSB Keys of AV Linux 2018.
-AV Linux contains a new AV Linux DD LiveUSB Writer to write LiveUSB Keys with DD
-For those on other Deb-based Distros this is packaged here:
http://www.bandshed.net/packages/avl2usb/avl2usb_0.1.1-avlinux8-1_all.deb
-Otherwise writing to USB Key with DD from commandline will also work.

*NOT SO FAST!!

If you’re new to AV Linux or Linux Audio in general you NEED to RTFM!
http://bandshed.net/pdf/AVL2018UserManual.pdf

*OK, GET AV Linux 2018 HERE!:

http://www.bandshed.net/avlinux/

*PLEASE DONATE IF YOU CAN…

The documentation for AV Linux alone is a time investment of many hours not to mention curating an entire OS that is convenient to use and ready for professional grade Audio and Video production at your fingertips. My sincere and heartfelt thanks to those who have already donated and supported the project. It is my own choice to share my time and efforts on making AV Linux available but I think in the bigger picture communities work best when when there is engagement by both sides. I would also ask that that people consider donating to falkTX’s KXStudio project which has greatly enriched not only AV Linux but also all Debian/Ubuntu derivatives..

Please consider hitting the yellow Paypal button on the AV Linux website, ANY amount is welcomed and appreciated thanks!

Glen MacArthur – AV Linux Maintainer