If you have a 64bit multi-core PC it should be perfectly suited for a Linux based multimedia PC. The only major change was switching the generic default kernel into a lowlatency kernel which was easily done with the Synaptics package manager. As I found the Kubuntu install (my choice) to large I uninstalled quite a few unwanted programs. But, fortunately, you can use various Linux Ubuntu and Debian based distros as foundation for your multimedia machine as most programs then can be installed on top of it.
Linux Music Links
Since I’m not an expert techie this article only includes the necessary links for you to get started with building your Linux multimedia machine.
- KXStudio (Info, software and how to’s)
- Playonlinux.com (run windows multimedia programs on Linux)
- KXStudio Distrowatch
- KXStudio Debian (Applications & PPA)
Ubuntu and Debian based, as KXStudio is, the following Linux distributions can be used for installation.
- Linux Mint
- List of other distros (so many…)
Linux multimedia programs, free open source
Many of these programs were included in the kxstudio distro
- Kdenlive (video editor)
- Audacity (pro audio editor)
- MIXXX (DJ mixing program)
- Clementine (music library, player and Internet streaming)
- VLC (universal video player, same as for Mac and Win)
- RecordItNow (desktop video recorder)
- HandBrake (universal video and media transcoder)