a *very* odd question especially for me.

Willem van der Walt wvdwalt at csir.co.za
Thu Jul 23 05:35:35 UTC 2015

You can script in linux, much more powerfull than doos could do.
You use bash for that.
Although you can get quite complex, you also can write simple bash 
scripts, amounting to just a list of commands, one on a line if you like.

Yes, you can ssh into a linux box, just install the ssh server.
Telnet is almost never used these days, but if you like, you can still do 
that too.
You can make use of more than one sound card if you like.
You could just as well use speakup on the machine, eliminating the need 
for an extra box to use as a terminal, but that is up to you.
I think for sheet music there is a program called lillypond.
For multi track recording there is nama, but there are likely a lot of 
Somewhere there is a linux distribution dedicated to music, but I cannot 
recall the name.
Getting things set up the first time can become quite complicated on any 
operating system when you work with music.  However, once you have it 
working under Linux, chances are that it will keep on working for much 
longer  than under other well-known operating systems.

There are blind people doing what you want to do using linux.
HTH, Willem

On Thu, 23 Jul 2015, Karen Lewellen wrote:

> ...but what else is knew? laughs.
> How scriptable is Linux?
> Before the major players start  on a roll, let me explain using the only 
> functional way I can with the only operating system I use.
> *I do not have a fully functioning Linux box at all.*  I believe we 
> established this a while back.
> However there is a *single*  task I may be willing to dedicate hardware to, 
> if this can be done.
> I have absolutely zero interest in any full fledged   aspect.  if I cannot do 
> this one thing the os has little appeal for me.  after a good 7 years or so 
> trying to get  Linux going and not finding anyone local with the skill I 
> respect others appreciation but I am not having this sort of experience.
> In the DOS operating system one could create .bat files that managed several 
> tasks with a single file.
> the autoexec.bat file is a good example.
> You can create them with a text editor, no major complex commands required.
> If Linux has this ability, and I would be surprised if it did not, here is 
> the situation.
> I am a professional singer.  When I perform I use real musicians, not their 
> electronic equals which means I require arrangements for them to play.
> I am writing a grand deal of material these days, and if I am going to get 
> that material recorded  I must do the following.
> 1 get the parts out of my head and into sheet music form, most likely using a 
> well outfitted keyboard instrument's for part of the job.
> 2 confirm via playback that what I have done will sound when played as 
> desired.
> and 3. get the material printed, or into printable form.
> Now, I know there are allot of  command line programs in Linux distributions 
> that can  accomplish my goals.
> The problem for me is getting the Linux side of the computing functional, or 
> at the very least, a way for me to ssh telnet into a box using my dos setup 
> to run the programs themselves.
> Yes there is a question here!
> assuming I could get the computer hardware with the kind of quality soundcard 
> to Handel the multiple-track playback, is it possible to do the following.
> 1, is Linux distribution is installed correctly in the first place, ssh 
> telnet  into that machine from my main one and
> 2, using  scripting , assuming this can be done simply, create a set of .bat 
> file equivalents to run the various  programs I need from the command line?
> The other major hardware involved is no hardship.  I have a combination 
> modem/rooter which works with both wireless and wired devices and multiple 
> ports for the wired connection.
> I share that because I know even if I am not running anything directly from 
> the Linux computer itself, it does need an Ethernet connection of some kind 
> generating some kind of ip for me to use for the ssh -telnet.
> again the idea is to do well basically what I do here for shellworld, and 
> with other services.
> treat this box like a shell, ssh TELNET into it,  run the scripts  for the 
> music programs I desire, and leave.  The box will not  even need speech as I 
> plan to use it.
> Possible at all?
> Karen
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