Ubuntu Studio

8.10 GPL (GNU General Public License)    
4.1/5 45
A multimedia creation flavor of the world's most popular free operating system, Ubuntu

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Welcome to the Intrepid Ibex edition of Ubuntu Studio, an open source and freely distributed operating system tailored for people who are looking for a full featured and easy-to-use solution for music and video production, as well as graphic manipulation.

Availability, boot options, supported architectures

The operating system can be downloaded as two DVD ISO image, one for each of the supported hardware platforms (amd64 and i386). Unfortunately, this release of Ubuntu Studio doesn't come with Live images, which means that you must install the distribution before using it.

From the boot prompt, the user can rescue a broken operating system, boot an existing OS from the first disk drive, test the RAM for errors, check the disc for defects (only if using a DVD media), choose a keymap, select a different boot mode, as well as to add additional kernel parameters.

Straightforward installation process

First, select your preferred language. Then, press the Enter key on the "Install Ubuntu Studio" entry in the boot menu and wait for the text-mode installer to start. Choose a language for the installation process, choose a country, set up the keyboard layout, configure the hostname, select a timezone, and partition the disk.

After that, wait for the base packages to be installed. Next, you'll have to create a user and choose which software packages to install. Select them all if you want to have a full featured multimedia production environment.

Bottom line

The Intrepid Ibex edition of Ubuntu Studio provides users with a decent operating system for multimedia creation, supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures and comprised of a plethora of open source and powerful applications. Too bad that a Live DVD is not available for download!

Ubuntu Studio was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on May 14th, 2014
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