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Our active projects at the moment are:

Proposed or planned projects include:

We will, eventually, feature several prepackaged Linux distributions. All will be easy to install, and most will be useable without installation by booting from the distribution CD.

In the meantime, you can easily upgrade a RedHat (7 or 8) distro to an audio and music workstation: see Planet CCRMA at Home, which walks you through the steps. It takes about an hour (depending on your connection speed), and starts by installing the RPM version of Debian's excellent apt-get package manager. It then adds the latest kernel with low-latency patches (for glitch-free sound), and turns you loose on a selection of 80-some-odd music and audio applications.

If you have Mandrake 9.0 it's even easier: Turn-Key Linux Audio from the Eastman Computer Music Center at the University of Rochester. Not having Mandrake 9.0 handy, I haven't tried it, but it's a single script: just run it and go.

It's important to realize that we don't intend to actually develop a whole lot of software ourselves [presently, myself] -- the idea is to pull together as much already-existing software as possible. In other words, this is not intended to be a ``Yet Another Audio Editor'' project. It wouldn't even be ``Yet Another Linux Distribution'' if there were a suitable one already out there. The player and recorder appliances bear a family resemblance to things like the various router/firewall and X-terminal distros, but of course the mix of application software will have to be totally different.

There is some small but interesting glue software to be written in the embedded space and in support of the website.

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