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2014!

20 Jan

Happy new year everyone!

First of all, I suppose you can guess what happened to my ambitious project? It was a total failure, although not a complete failure. During the last months of 2013, I read many (well, several) books, listened to a lot of new music (meaning: music that’s new to me), watched some excellent movies and television series and so on.

2013 was not a bad year at all. In short, it was a better year than 2011 or 2012. And 2014 has already been a bit different. I’m talking about my dear computer i.e. my media center and my music studio. I half-accidentally got rid of Windows 7 and started using Linux Mint.

Why? The most important reason is: Linux Mint 16 is faster than Windows 7. And a bit safer to use, too. And much cheaper!

But after installing Mint and installing nearly all the software I needed, I still needed to get answers to three questions:

  1. How to use Netflix and other services that use Silverlight?
  2. How to use Office?
  3. How to make music with Linux?

The Netflix question was relatively easy to solve. http://namhuy.net/1867/how-to-install-netflix-on-ubuntu-linux-mint-and-fedora.html The only problem is that as the solution is a bit complicated when it comes to technology, the FPS on my old computer is not as good as it should be. So, I’ll use Netflix on my tablet.

The Office question was simple: Mint is equipped with LibreOffice. Besides, I also have Google Keep and Google Docs, which is where I keep most of my documents, anyway.

But the third question remains. How to make music with Linux? After using Cubase on Windows for ten years, that is a quantum leap into the great unknown. VST on Linux? Perhaps, as far as I know.

In the end, all I need is a nice environment to make drum beats, to record some guitars and additionally to have some virtual keyboard tracks on top of everything else. I’m still working on it. I’ll let you know when I come up with something interesting.. I hope.

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