Re: I need help really really bad.
Yeah - sorry about the huge essay. Guess I was bored.
Linux is not a musical desert and there is a some good stuff out there for musicians. I use Audacity regularly. A great program - very easy to use - does what it does very well , although it probably won't do everything you want. Rosegarden is also really worth checking out. I've heard very good things about it but it is a lot more complicated than I need for the a cappella stuff I am involved in. There are quite a few good music sequencing programs which run natively in linux. Lots of programs to manipulate MIDI and MP3 and the like. From a musician's point of view the biggest problem with using linux is the lack of a decent score editing program. I've been using lilypond but it is insanely complicated trying to get it to typeset even simple musical arrangements. If you put in the effort the print quality is superb but it takes far too long to typeset a song and it doesn't give you the kind of "compose as you type" flexibility that I would like to have for my arranging.
Life's a pitch. And then you sing!