Announcing the Audio Creation SIG / CCRMA merger effort

Richi Plana myfedora at
Wed Sep 19 20:04:07 UTC 2007

Hi, Fernando.

First of all, thanks for the comprehensive introduction.

On Wed, 2007-09-19 at 12:20 -0700, Fernando Lopez-Lezcano wrote:
> Sorry, the source packages are common to all versions and architectures
> currently supported. They all can be found here in the link posted by
> Hans. Maybe I should write a script to cross link them but I'd rather be
> doing other things....

Hopefully if things get transitioned to Fedora or one of the other
third-party repos, it won't be necessary. There WILL be a discrepancy
between your packages and the ones on Fedora as time goes by, though.

> At the beginning of the Linux era, as we used more and more Linux
> machines (dual booting with NextStep!) I started packaging software we
> were using for teaching, so that installs would be easier (we currently
> have around 50 Linux machines online). And added kernels with the low
> latency patches. And added ALSA drivers and the infrastructure they
> needed when they were just starting. After a while some CCRMAlites
> started asking about the packages and I pointed to the directory where
> they lived. Then they asked how to install them. Eventually I wrote a
> short web page about them. I then made the mistake of announcing the
> informal project in the cmdist mailing list :-) That was back in 2001
> and I think it was based on RedHat 7.2 at the time. The project was
> called "Planet CCRMA"[*]. 
> After that it went downhill (figuratively speaking :-) as it became very
> popular and transformed into a black hole for any ammount of available
> time I had. As the community of users grew worldwide I started getting
> requests for packages that I would probably not have installed at CCRMA.
> So the opening of the project to the world had the nice side effect of
> broadening the scope of software that I installed at CCRMA. Very good
> overall. 
> Hope this all makes sense and answers your question...

It does answer things I've been wondering about, but I also wanted to
know how many of the packages in PlanetCCRMA are still actively being
developed or maintained. As well, are there any software packages in
CCRMA that aren't packaged yet for PlanetCCRMA?

Also, some software might rely on a specific kernel (low-latency
patches, etc.) Those packages which rely on that kernel might have to be
tagged as requiring a low-latency kernel. Personally, I'd like to look
into the package meta-info for this, but most likely it will mean having
a package called kernel-ccrma (or -lowlatency or -rt or whatever). It
will now be a part of the Fedora package namespace. To work with the
rest of Fedora, we might need to transition those patches to the
official Fedora kernel. This is specially important when the kmods get
sucked into the kernel SRPM.

Is there a way to tell which app packages need the -rt kernel?

Since you (Fernando) know the packages better than most, could you list
the apps you think should be given higher priority for transitioning?

Richi Plana

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