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DistroWatch.com: Audiophile Linux

Audiophile Linux

Last Update: 2019-12-03 23:52 UTC

Audiophile Linux is based on Arch Linux and provides a minimal graphical environment from which to play multimedia files. The distribution ships with the Fluxbox window manager, DSD support and a custom real-time Linux kernel for improved audio performance.

Average visitor rating: 3.25/10 from 8 review(s).

Audiophile Summary
Distribution Audiophile Linux Linux
Home Page http://www.ap-linux.com/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://www.ap-linux.com/documentation/
Screenshots https://www.ap-linux.com/screenshots/
Download Mirrors https://www.ap-linux.com/download/
Bug Tracker --
Related Websites --
Where To Buy

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Feature 4.0
Release Date 2017-04-15
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 800-900
Free Download ISO
Installation --
Default Desktop Fluxbox
Package Management Pacman
Release Model Rolling
Office Suite --
Processor Architecture x86_64
Init Software systemd
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4
Multilingual No
Asian Language Support No
Full Package List 4.0
Package 4.0
abiword (3.0.4) --
alsa-lib ( 1.1.3
ati-driver (18.30) --
bash (5.0) 4.4
bind (9.15.6) --
chromium (79.0.3945.79) --
cups (2.3.1) --
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.5
e2fsprogs (1.45.4) 1.43.4
firefox (71.0) --
freetype (2.10.1) --
gcc (9.2.0) --
gimp (2.10.14) --
glibc (2.30) 2.25
gnome-shell (3.34.2) --
gnucash (3.7) --
gnumeric (1.12.46) --
grub (2.04) 2.02
gtk (3.24.13) 3.22.10
httpd (2.4.41) --
inkscape (0.92.4) --
k3b (19.12.0) --
kmod (26) 24
krita (  
libreoffice (6.3.4) --
linux (5.4.3) 4.10.9
Package 4.0
lxpanel (0.10.0) --
mariadb (10.4.11) --
mate-desktop (1.22.2) --
mesa (19.3.0) 17.0.3
mysql (8.0.18) --
nautilus (3.34.2) 3.22.3
NVIDIA (440.44) --
openbox (3.6.1) --
openjdk (13.0.1) --
openssh (8.1p1) 7.4p1
openssl (1.1.1d) 1.0.2k
perl (5.30.1) 5.24.1
php (7.4.0) --
plasma-desktop (5.17.4) --
postfix (3.4.8) --
postgresql (12.1) --
Python (3.8.0) --
qt (5.14.0) 5.8.0
samba (4.11.3) 4.5.8
systemd (244) 232
thunderbird (68.3.0) --
vim (8.2) 8.0
vlc (3.0.8) 2.2.4
xfdesktop (4.14.1) --
xorg-server (1.20.6) 1.19.3

Reader Ratings
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Version: 4.0
Rating: 1
Date: 2019-02-05
Votes: 1

Set up the iso on a USB stick, booted from it, the ARCH menu came up just fine. Selected the X64 option and got something like "probing EDD EDD=off to disable" and then a blinking cursor that went nowhere.

This is why I stick with simple distros. No explanation of HOW or where to type in whatever was needed to disable whatever was needed. Too bad, I wanted to try it.

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Version: 4.0
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-12-26
Votes: 0

Yes the free download speed is bad, I got it before this restriction and I donate because it's a great audio distro. I tried many others, but I always come back to AP-Linux.
Yes, bit perfect is bit perfect, but.............

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Version: 4.0
Rating: 1
Date: 2017-08-23
Votes: 17

Readers should note that is very much a standard Linux, namely Arch, with the standard real time kernel available from the community repositories.

Do you actually need a real time kernel for a music server? No, probably not. It may be that if you are streaming over a heavily loaded Firefox or Chrome browser, on a heavyweight distro running Gnome or KDE, on an underpowered machine with a low speed network connection, you will have some drop outs.

But if you take even a modestly powered SFF machine, put archbang on it, and just use it for music streaming, you will have zero problems and there will be no audible difference from having a real time kernel.

Not that it is difficult to move, in archbang, to a real time kernel if you really feel the need. But no way is it necessary.

The guys behind this need to get a different attitude, make source available, and act like proper members of the Open Source Community. There is niche for a pure music server, but this is not filling it.

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