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    How To Help Ubuntu Studio

    Hopefully you're enjoying the wonderful world of producing multimedia on an Ubuntu system. Maybe you've stopped to think 'I wonder how all these wonderful tools came to be... ...who packaged them... ...why these ones... ...what makes ubuntu such a success?' well, the answer to all these questions is the same: the development community. Having a large group of individuals to help build Ubuntu creates a network of checks and balances, not to mention lighter work for everyone.

    GNU/Linux is a community effort, and because of this, we all hope that you too will get involved. Who me? Yes, You.
    You may hold the common misconception that because you don't know how to program, you're no good to the development community, but nothing could be further from thr truth. No matter what your level of expertise with Ubuntu you can lend a hand. Furthermore, in the field of Multimedia Production on Ubuntu, we NEED your help. A small and overworked team of individuals create Ubuntu Studio and both they and the larger Ubuntu multimedia community need all the help they can get.

    Every level of Ubuntu and Ubuntu Studio user can help the communiy in some way. Here's a few examples (please don't feel limited to these suggestions) just to get you started:

    1. The Absolute Beginner (you're just finding your way around, learning, and noticing the layout):
    * Stick around these forums and answer any questions you can (just reading the posts will help educate yourself and others)
    * If you encounter something that's designed poorly you might want to suggest it be changed, the best place for these ideas is at http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com
    * Even absolute beginners can help edit the community documentation. Many of the directions here suffer from a lack of eyes, leading to unclear instructions - if you find some please tell someone or even edit it for the better yourself:
    Ubuntu: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/
    Ubuntu Studio: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuStudio

    2. The Novice User (this isn't the first version of ubuntu you've used, you're able to get most work done that you need to):
    * Document, document, document; head on over to the community docs and start editing for the better (many sections of these documents need substantial work and we'd love all the help you can offer)
    Ubuntu: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/
    Ubuntu Studio: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuStudio
    * Report bugs you find (actual bugs, not your configuration issues) at http://launchpad.net (this is the official bug tracker and development portal for ubuntu)

    3. The Advanced User (given any howto and a terminal you can fix almost anything)
    * Install a copy of the development release on another partition or in a virtual machine and report bugs/issues etc...
    * Join a dev mailing list and introduce yourself
    Ubuntu Studio has a single concise mailing list at https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/lis...u-studio-devel
    Debian Multimedia team is a good place to join in too (as Ubuntu builds off Debian): http://wiki.debian.org/DebianMultimedia
    * Regularly test ISO builds from http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/ by following the testcase's instructions (virtual machines work well for this)
    * Learn to package software http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKLabbXTqMc or https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PackagingGuide
    * Document, document, document!

    4. The Hacker (you've compiled a kernel for yourself, don't need any directions for most system modifications, and generally prefer to use the terminal)
    * Log into irc.freenode.net and join some development channels. #ubuntustudio-devel is a good place to start #ubuntu-motu is also good.
    * Install a copy of the development release on another partition or in a virtual machine and report bugs/issues etc...
    * Join a dev mailing list and introduce yourself
    Ubuntu Studio has a single concise mailing list at https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/lis...u-studio-devel
    Debian Multimedia team is a good place to join in too (as Ubuntu builds off Debian): http://wiki.debian.org/DebianMultimedia
    * Regularly test ISO builds from http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/ by following the testcase's instructions (virtual machines work well for this)
    * Help package software for inclusion into Ubuntu's repositories https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PackagingGuide Here's a quick listing of requested packages:
    Ubuntu Studio https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntustu...eeds-packaging and https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuStudio/Wishlist
    Ubuntu https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+bugs?f...eeds-packaging
    * Fix, triage, and comment on bugs at http://launchpad.net
    Last edited by Stochastic; April 16th, 2009 at 10:54 PM.
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    Re: How To Help Ubuntu Studio

    Hello to all!

    Fine to be the first to answer this. I am no native speaker, so no offense is meant by my following statement:

    I am not surprised that there is no community involvement for ubuntu studio. It is completely redundant!

    Outdated software versions, the unlucky "Inusable Ibex" rt-kernel, performance problems with jack, ... led the people to choose different solutions (e.g. I stayed on 8.04, installed the fine working rt-kernel and started to compile almost everything by myself, thus the performance is stable and fast).
    Additionally there is a ubuntu studio package for the regular distributions which competes against the ubuntu studio project itself.

    I'd suggest the developers join the studio64 team or open a ppa launchpad where the most recent audio and video software applications can be added to a normal distribution.

    Regards,
    Michael
    Last edited by babarosa; April 13th, 2009 at 02:24 PM.

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    Re: How To Help Ubuntu Studio

    Hmm, barbosoa I hate to burst your bubble but the ubuntustudio packages in the ubuntu repositories are built and maintained by the Ubuntu Studio dev team (they're not competing against themselves, they're trying to make the system flexible and modular).

    Also, the 64studio team is now basing their upcoming release on Ubuntu 8.04, while in a few days Ubuntu Studio will release an excellent 9.04 (complete with well tested RT kernel). 64studio and Ubuntu Studio developers are closer than most people know.

    This thread really isn't meant to question the validity of the Ubuntu Studio project, it's meant to help the community lend a hand and help the project grow.

    Edit: also, despite the title (and the temporary intro paragraph), the advice in my original post is geared toward all Multimedia Production development on Ubuntu - this just happens to be done largely by the Ubuntu Studio development team.
    Last edited by Stochastic; April 14th, 2009 at 12:27 AM.
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    Re: How To Help Ubuntu Studio

    IIRC, Ubuntu Studio is not only about audio prod. You can install graphics apps and bypass the whole RT stuff if such is your work interest.

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    Re: How To Help Ubuntu Studio

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    Last edited by dawiba; February 4th, 2012 at 01:04 AM.

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    Re: How To Help Ubuntu Studio

    I don't know if this would be considered help (or wanted advice) but I tried 9.04 and unistalled after seeing the wallpaper and having to figure out that I had to add something to the panel to see my opened apps. I tried again in 9.10 and (ok wallpaper is subjective) was really surprised to see I had to add to the panel again to see opened apps, I mean common how can that not work out of the box on a modern desktop? I ended up installing most of the studio stuff on the regular ubuntu. I felt if that did not work on the studio desktop how many other quirks were awaiting me??? btw I am not complaining bout the studio overall I am sure it is great (I'll know once I get a usb replacement for my firepod)

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    Re: How To Help Ubuntu Studio

    Quote Originally Posted by thorgal View Post
    IIRC, Ubuntu Studio is not only about audio prod. You can install graphics apps and bypass the whole RT stuff if such is your work interest.
    And can we edit the video in ubuntu forum.

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    Re: How To Help Ubuntu Studio

    Quote Originally Posted by Stochastic View Post
    while in a few days Ubuntu Studio will release an excellent 9.04 (complete with well tested RT kernel). 64studio and Ubuntu Studio developers are closer than most people know.
    For what its worth I upgraded to 9.04 the day it came out and have been extremely happy with it. The only problem so far has been a SAMBA/Windows glitch - the "studio" part seems to "just work"!

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    Re: How To Help Ubuntu Studio

    For what it's worth, I've put the 64-bit version of Ubuntu Studio 9.04 on one of my machines. I have yet to fully find my way around it and start using the included packages, but some of the problems I had when I tried the "regular" Ubuntu 9.04 on my other machines haven't surfaced.
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    Re: How To Help Ubuntu Studio

    Is it not kosher to use the ubuntu-bug command for a ubuntu studio-specific bug?
    For instance

    Code:
    ubuntu-bug ubuntustudio-controls
    Don't want to be wasting anyone's time

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