Posted by fiddlepogo on Sunday, December 21, 2014
I think.... It's a 2.8 Ghz Pentium 64-bit with 4 gigs of RAM.
I mostly use a version of Linux called Linux Mint. It works a lot like Windows XP, except for no viruses!
It's the second most popular version of Linux after Ubuntu, which some of you may have heard of.
Unfortunately, it's more of a general purpose operating system suited for word processing and web surfing, not music recording and video. I did do many of the other recordings on it however, but I'm picky, and want to have something more specialized.
However, there are special versions (called "distros" in the Linux world) that are optimized for recording and video creation.
The most popular is a version of Ubuntu called Ubuntu Studio. I just downloaded it. It comes with most of the software I need already installed.
It's more like Mint than the standard Ubuntu, which in recent years works more like a cell phone than like Windows. But instead of the control panel being at the bottom, it's at the TOP, and you're probably not going to believe this- I can use it.... but it makes me queasy or dizzy with it up there!!!
I WISH there was a Linux Mint Studio, but no such luck! So I'm going to install Ubuntu Studio, go into this thing called "Terminal" that is a lot like the MS-DOS prompt in the olden daze, but harder, and follow these instructions:
"To add the MATE PPAs and install MATE Desktop 1.8 in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, use the following commands:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/ppa
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/trusty-mate
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment-core mate-desktop-environment
Once all the packages are installed, log out and select MATE from the login screen."
That should install this feature called "MATE", and once installed, I should have a system that runs like Ubuntu Studio, but looks like Linux Mint and Windows with everything at the bottom like it's SUPPOSED to be!!!!
Normally I don't mess with the "Terminal" program in Linux Mint.... in the past I've only used it when a video driver wasn't working correctly, and that hasn't happened too often. So I've probably used it on the average of once a year. I don't really want to do this, but I see no other choice!
You might ask... why not Windows?
I could have gotten Windows 7 with the new computer, but I would have had to cheap out on the hard disk and the RAM, and then the system wouldn't have been any more recording-capable then the old one.
This way, the operating system is free, and a variety of professional quality recording software is free. So hopefully I'll have everything I need. I'm tired of thinking... If I could just get a such and such, I could record!!!
And I won't be distracted by virus attacks or anti-virus software.
Wish me luck!!!
Well, that was scary, but I think it worked. I got to watch in the terminal as it added packages and stuff. Operating systems are horrendously complicated.... I had NO idea.
Anyway, as soon as I rebooted, I was able to drag and drop the menu bar to the bottom where it belongs! And everything looks normal, and what I've started like this browser seems to work normally. Too late to record, though.... that will have to wait for tomorrow!
2 comments on “Gonna do some recording with the new 'pewter!”
Humbled by this instrument Says:
Monday, December 22, 2014 @4:06:13 AM
You write, "...I don't mess with...Linux Mint"--and I'm wondering if you knew that all plants in the mint family have square stems and alternating leaves? So not only may we identify them by the obvious smell but also these aforementioned salient characteristics. Uhm...you may now proceed with your recording.
Monday, December 22, 2014 @7:58:54 AM
Humbled, thanks for the com-mint!!!!
Actually, no, I didn't know that!
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