Ubuntu Studio is one of the many official flavors of Ubuntu and is a free and open source operating system. It is widely used by Linux users around the world for audio, graphics, video, and photography editing and publishing. This multimedia oriented GNU/Linux distribution is a free application and when you install Ubuntu, you get this amazing editing app for preinstalled.
It is available in four different languages: English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. It has Advanced Packaging Tool as its package manager, which was developed by Linux community developers over a course of three years. You will not find real-time kernel in the repositories of Ubuntu Studio, but it was highly used in the 8.04 and 9.10 version of this application.
Read on to know all about Ubuntu Studio and its fascinating world of free multimedia applications!
The community efforts of Ubuntu Studio
It is mainly Linux community project, where millions of Linux users and developers volunteer to make this multimedia application, easier to install and use. Whether a developer is a beginner or a pro, they test their skills and contribute to the making and updating of this amazing application. The next time you hear Linux community is generous and tight-knit, simply remember they developed Ubuntu Studio.
What this Ubuntu flavor does?
The original version of Ubuntu was released on 10 May 2007 and since then, this application is updated and advanced to perform a number of multimedia actions on Linux. When you install it on your operating system, you will get Pulseaudio, which is a default sound and handles all other desktop sounds. With the latest release of Ubuntu Studio 16.10, you can control the entire sound system and operations of your operating system along with watching and editing videos and audios.
Ubuntu studio targets a unique audience
The main targeted audience of Ubuntu Studio is musicians, gamers, and multimedia editing enthusiasts who have experience with Windows and/or Mac. Whether they have prior experience with Linux or not, they can still enjoy a wide range of its skills like developing graphics, video editing, recording audio.
There is a wide range of devices supported by Ubuntu Studio and everything is made possible with the support of alsa. Supported by Pulseaudio, alsa works perfectly with jack and only multichannel cards show some problem with this desktop audio element of it. Other devices like firewire will only work with special configurations and don’t support alsa. Overall, majority of the devices have good compatibility with this Linux multimedia application.
Pros of Using Ubuntu Studio
Once you install it, there is no going back! You will fall in love with the user-friendly interface and smooth running of application, along with many other incredible features of this multimedia software. Here are some of the most fascinating and production advantages of using Ubuntu Studio next time you feel like editing your home video:
• Reduced Audio Latency
In the Ubuntu Studio 12.04, the default kernel has low latency that means you will get more stable audio applications operation. The scheduler will allow to request immediate CPU time, which will reduce audio latency. You can also enable wireless networking and graphic cards drivers without running a high audio latency in the Jack.
• Advanced Desktop Effects
The traditional Ubuntu Studio came with default purple and orange effects, but the latest version includes custom artwork and a blue-on-black theme. When an accelerated graphics cards is used with the right driver, you can enjoy advanced desktop effects. The Karmic 9.10 also adds a fresh sound theme that replaces the default Ubuntu Studio theme, and also pings from a prompt.
• It is Free – Can’t be Stressed Enough!
Nothing in this world comes for free and everything has a price. It provides a refreshing change to its users when everything in it comes without a cost. No additional costs, or paid upgrades – it is simple free! You can even see the source code and modify the source code without any cost.
• Thousands of Free Application
When you install it, you also get thousands of official free applications that will help you enhance your Ubuntu studio experience. Also there are many reasonably priced applications, but with so many free ones, majority of your requirements will be fulfilled without any charges. With its official repository for applications, you can enjoy the not only the stunning features of Ubuntu Studio, but also other free applications.
• Requires Modest Hardware
Unlike other high-end multimedia applications, to install it, you only require hardware with ordinary traits. You can run this application on any low-end machine, which eliminates the need of investing in an expensive computer before even using the application.
• Easy Installation
You can install it easily with a Live DVD or USB Drive on your Linux operating system. You can also install it from your “ubuntustudio-desktop” package from advanced packaging tool.
Goal of this Ubuntu flavor is to provide a gateway for users that enter the world of Linux and want to add this operating system to their every day life. Whether it is providing variety of applications and documentation, or being your portal to GNU/Linux and FLOSS communities from all over the world, Ubuntu Studio is here to revolutionize the way you edit and use your multimedia.