The Linux Audio Anatomy

For new Linux users audio can be a shock. Many newbies that ask for support on forums have a perfectly working system, but are prompted to think otherwise by the not-really-straightforward way audio on Linux works. This post is an attempt to summarize and clarify how Linux audio works on a standard modern Linux installation.

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Pro Audio Linux Documentation

Many resources can be found online to guide through the process of proper Pro Audio Linux configuration. However, very often they are obscure, especially for beginners. I will then collect the most useful resources in this page so that they can be retrieved easily (and I don’t forget about their existence). I will categorize the resources based upon how much they are distro-specific.

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Pro Audio Linux Distributions

A very simple way to probe the Linux ecosystem is by having a look at DistroWatch.com. If we go to the Search Distributions page and select “Multimedia” as Distribution category we will find only 10 active distributions. However, only few of them are developed with “pro audio first” in mind. Also, not all the distributions of this kind are on DistroWatch. For this reason, I will list here the distros I bumped into along these years. I did not try all of them (yet) but I will give my impressions for the ones I tried.

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