Linux Media Studio

I've decided that as I am (again) working on a re-spin of my favorite operating system, I would document it in a blog and for two main reasons...

  1. I would like to share the knowledge I have and will gain.
  2. I was so terrible at documenting the process last time I will need to re learn a lot of stuff, and I don't want to have to find out how to do the stuff again and not document it properly another time!


What is Linux Media Studio I don't hear anyone say? It's yet another Linux, re-spin. Like we need another one!

Well, maybe we do need another one, as I have been looking for my ideal Multi Media distribution for years, many years and I have never found anything that I like enough to stick with.

This has resulted in me essentially building my own, but without realising it until a year or so ago when I figured rather than have a list of stuff that I needed to do each time I installed my machine, I would 're-master' my system so that I had an .iso to use for the next installation, thus saving me the time I would spend installing, uninstalling and reconfiguring. Not to mention avoiding doubling up on the updates each time.

I would install my Linux distro' of choice and then set to work removing apps I didn't want or need and then installing the ones I did. Getting the look and feel of the U.I. right and my work flow sorted. But then, and this is why I thought about sharing the work I have been doing, the more painful job of getting things to work as they should do.

For instance, 'out of the box', we can get 'xruns' when recording in Ardour, as well as needing to add or selves to the 'audio' group, something not mentioned when you install Ardour. Now I know I can fix this problem, but why was it a problem in the first place I ask? Yes, old hardware didn't help, but the fix is easy, despite requiring we delve into system files.

Then there's Kdenlive. A great video editor, but it comes with a few things missing, and to fill that hole, all you need to do is install one package! Why wasn't this a part of the initial install of the app? NOTE; it appears that the latest release of Kdenlive does include these things, but we don't get the latest release in 'stable' distro's.

There's also Easymp3gain available in the repo's, but relies upon the library 'mp3gain', which is not available in the repo's! I have still to get to the bottom of why this is the case, but I have managed to find and install the library - Thanks Mr M Wimpress!

In this new blog/site, I hope to explain these things as I have figured out many and want to sort out the rest if I can.

I want to make it clear from the start, I am not really looking to distribute my own O/S, not in the long run. The main part of sharing will be to show what I have done and if that's of any interest to people then great, they can take my advice from these pages and apply it to their systems as they want.

But I am hoping that if what I am doing does have some fans, then maybe LinuxMint will consider doing a 'Studio' version of their great O/S them selves.

I will be sharing the O/S in .iso form at some stage, for those that are interested. Hopefully in the next month or so.
The new

... will be a document of the journey I take (and have already taken) towards getting the Linux distribution that I want and using it along the way.

Screencast videos, blog posts, podcasts, photography, graphics, desktop publishing and anything else I can think of to test out the system and have some fun!

The distro is in its second edition (the first I used purely for my self) and has had it's first build (I'm using it now) but is not ready to go live as yet.

Logo's and other graphics need to be designed and made as well as finishing of the smaller details on the distro'. The latter seems harder than the building!

I do have a prototype of the logo, you can see it in the header.

Please join me! 🙂

A little sneak peek...

A (unusually) clean desktop showing the dock and top placement for the task bar.

A populated desktop.

A populated desktop with app' full screen showing the 100% screen utilisation achieved using 'intelihide' for both the dock and the taskbar.