Ubuntu Studio: The Perfect Distro for All Your Multimedia Needs
By on December 22nd, 2009
Ubuntu Studio

Ubuntu Studio

Ubuntu Studio is a multimedia flavor of Ubuntu. This distro is aimed at audio, video and graphic enthusiasts as well as professionals.

As the official website says:

We provide a suite of the best open-source applications available for multimedia creation. Completely free to use, modify and redistribute. Your only limitation is your imagination.

It is an officially recognized derivative of the Ubuntu Linux distribution, which is geared towards intensive multimedia production. The real-time kernel which was introduced first time in Ubuntu 8.04 was modified for audio, video and graphics work. The new distribution based on this modified kernel became known as Ubuntu Studio.

Ubuntu Studio includes custom artwork and a blue-on-black theme, as opposed to Ubuntu’s default brown and orange theme. There is no Live CD version of Ubuntu Studio, and consequently, no graphic installer. Ubuntu Studio 9.10 (Karmic) DVD image is 1.28 GB in size, which can be downloaded from the official website. Ubuntu Studio can also be installed on a pre-existing Ubuntu installation by installing the “ubuntustudio-desktop” package from apt (advanced packaging tool).

Various packages included in Ubuntu Studio are:

Audio :

Ardour: a hard disk recorder and digital audio workstation application.

Audacity: a digital audio editor.

Creox: A real-time guitar effects program.

Hydrogen: An advanced drum machine.

Jack audio connection kit: a sound server deamon.

Video:

PiTiVi: a video editing program.

Stopmotion: a movie creator.

VLC media player: a free media player.

Graphics:

Agave: a color scheme generator.

Blender: a 3D animation program.

Enblend: an image composition program.

Fontforger: a font editor program.

Inkscape: a vector graphics editor.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

The most amazing thing about every distribution of Ubuntu, is the incredible choice of programs which are geared towards activities that we perform in our daily lives. There is an Ubuntu distro for nearly every type of user, and for all kinds of machines he works on. This one is specially crafted and optimized for hobbyists and professionals, who can use the best   open source software available, to achieve the maximum in their applications. All the applications are free, plus when you report a bug, it gets fixed, and when you request an extra feature, it gets implemented. Now all the musical bands, singers, studio editors and photographers can also enjoy the freedom of a free and open source Operating system.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4.5/5

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Author: Anurag Upadhaya

Anurag Upadhaya has written and can be contacted at anurag@techie-buzz.com.

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