Welcome to 'Linux for Music'!

"Is it feasible to use Linux for Music?" That is the question I will try to answer on this site. And I don't mean using Linux for playing back music, but as the sole operating system for professional musicians: Linux Music Production (hence the domain name). Music production on the Mac and Windows platforms is already well established. You only have to think of the "world dominance" of ProTools for an example. Or Cubase, Logic, Finale and Sibelius, to name a few. And Linux on the other hand has a strong foothold in other parts of the computer world. The Apache server is a very good example of this. The mainstream applications in the Open Source community are as good as their commercial counterparts for most users (OpenOffice, Gimp), so Linux has become a viable alternative to Windows and Mac in many parts of the computer landscape. So is the time now right to see if Linux is ready for professional music production? ...

Of course I already did some research, and at this point I would say "no": in recent years significant improvements have been made, but I don't feel like Linux is ready for professional music production yet. It is something of a chicken-and-egg situation: composers, engineers, producers hardly use Linux for music and thus programmers have no reason to work on solid music production software. Who would tell these programmers what functionality they need anyway? So at some time we, as professional musicians, must take the plunge and start using Linux for music. I hope this site can provide some insight in what we as music professionals want in Linux software. Of course, this site represents my personal view on the subject (I mostly produce sheet music as my compositional output, although I also need to do some recording once in a while). I do hope though you will pitch in - in the comments for example - so we can move Linux music production a few small steps forward.

So let the fun begin! Feel welcome and free to join in the conversation (just keep things polite and on topic, please). If you want more background on this site, you can find it on the 'about' page, and if you want to know more about me, you can visit my music business site.