64 Studio

Posted: July 7, 2007 in LINUX, Software


64 Studio is a GNU/Linux distribution tailor-made for digital content creation, including audio, video, graphics and publishing tools. A remix of Debian testing, it comes in both AMD64/Intel64 and 32-bit flavours, to run on nearly all PC hardware.

Latest development version (1.4.0) is the first release candidate for the forthcoming 64 Studio 2.0, which will retain compatibility with Debian Etch to create a long-lived and stable creative desktop.

Known bugs in 1.4.0 include:

* Ktoon requires rebuilding with an old version of Qt. Without this, it will crash on start-up

* Inkscape cannot print unless the cupsys-bsd package is installed

* Hydrogen crashes if the user activates an empty instrument channel

This release is named after the song by Ian Carr’s Nucleus on their 1973 album Labyrinth, featuring the vocal talents of the great Norma Winstone.

Please note that if you want a stable version of 64 Studio, you should stick to version 1.0 for now, as that version has been more thoroughly tested.

The changelog is available here:


and DVD-R ISO images for amd64 and i386 here:

http://cdd.64studio.com/releases/64studio/64studio_1.4.0_amd64.iso (770MB)
http://cdd.64studio.com/releases/64studio/64studio_1.4.0_i386.iso (739MB)

You can also upgrade from a 1.0 install, or from previous testing releases, using our testing APT repository:

deb http://apt.64studio.com/64studio/testing 64studio main

and running apt-get update, apt-get dist-upgrade, or pressing the ‘Mark all upgrades’ then ‘Apply’ buttons in the Synaptic package manager. To avoid system breakage, please comment out or uncheck any third-party repositories (for example an official Debian one) first, as these might interfere with the upgrade procedure.



The DVD image will install Debian with X.org, the Gnome 2.14 desktop, Linux kernel 2.6.19 with realtime preemption patches (supporting both single-core and SMP systems) and a selection of creative applications, as well as the internet and office tools a creative user is likely to need for their daily work. Adding favourite packages from Debian is as easy as apt-get, or a few clicks in Synaptic.

Please note that these releases are free software, and come with no warranty. However, the software does actually install and run on the project’s dual processor Opteron, dual core Athlon 64 and single core Turion test hardware, and is already in daily use by many of the project’s testers. The 32-bit version has been tested on a variety of older PC hardware, including a Via C3 and a dual Pentium Pro, but the project suggests a faster processor and at least 512MB RAM to take full advantage of the distribution’s features.

If you would like to send feedback or make a suggestion for improvement, please subscribe to the 64studio-devel mailing list: http://lists.64studio.com/mailman/listinfo/64studio-devel

For other communication, please have a look at the contacts page on http://www.64studio.com/ or see the Frequently Asked Questions page.


Community and business model

Developers and users who are interested in getting involved with the 64 Studio project are most welcome. The aim of the project is to create a distribution with full (but completely optional) commercial support, which will generate revenue to pay free software developers. The 64 Studio Ltd. company, which supports the free software project, is also producing custom distributions for commercial partners with Linux-based audio products.


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