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Doing this official thing -

Hello!

I have been an on-and-off web developer, using drupal and wordpress, for 15 years. I mostly just do it for friends now, as I am a full-time father.

I am a musican - I play piano and drums to write original music. Also learning the bass, so hopefully I can do all the recording on my own.

I am degoogling my life, which is how I got into the privacy movement. Happy to accept help/advice on the subject!

Looking forward to meeting you all!

We need to bring more #music bands to the #Fediverse and let's start an initiative for that. There are already a few instances for music, so it should not fail. Only that way people like to come to #Mastodon & Co.
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I suggest the hashtag #FediverseMusic and that you use it in other #SocialMedia as well. If you have a music project or even a #band then start with it and let our community grow.

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If you know of anyone who may have the answers I'm looking for, or may be able to provide advice, I would greatly appreciate you tagging them in here! I'm not looking for free aid ad-infinitum, but it would be nice to know that while (or if) I attempt to get started, there are some people who are happy to help me work through issues since I'm so noob-ish at this stuff.

@luka <-- I tag you enough, let me know if I need to stop bothering you :) <3

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* Are there dedicated help forums where people are happy to discuss noob issues and try to break them down if I have them?

* Are there simple methods to dual-boot so that I can just try Linux, and if it works for me, very easily "move" the rest of my HD space over to Linux since I hopefully wouldn't need Win anymore?

* Are there reasonably-well-working hacks for me to use my Windows-based VST that I've paid good money for?

* Should I just give up? :)

Thanks for reading!

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I'm aware that Linux is more user-friendly now than it was in 2014, which was more friendly than it was the first time I tried Linux, back in 2001. However, the fact that I only have one computer for audio work, and I need to keep myself working, and right now, using a Windows machine, I'm actually getting music work done, makes it hard to justify spending weeks figuring out a new OS.

So all rambling aside, what I'm hoping someone can help me with is this: (continued)

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I want to make the switch away from Windows in a permanent fashion. We are extremely careful of our privacy in our family - we don't have facebook, we have instagram locked down pretty tight, don't show pictures of our daughter online, and we use a variety of softwares and solutions. But Windows is still here because Linux scares us after my experience with it. Neither of us are coders (I'm a web dev, but that doesn't count), so much of Linux is a foreign language.

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After 2-3 weeks fumbling through processes myself and attempting to find aid on various forums, I eventually found out that JACK was the issue. I reached out to some of the people on Ardour's forums (at the time, I wasn't on reddit and this was the only place I knew of for Linux Audio advice), but no one was ever able to help me get JACK properly working. This was very disheartening - the people were friendly, but at some point, I realized I couldn't keep bugging others.

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I am finding myself a bit bummed out about my reliance on Windows, but as of now, I'm very scared to make the switch. Looking for advice, motivation, & inspiration.

I tried to create a Linux audio workstation years ago (2014) using Ubuntu Studio and my 1st Generation Focusrite Scarlet 18i6 interface. I had myriad problems getting my machine to recognize my Scarlet; over and over again, even during recording, Linux would just decide it couldn't find my interface anymore.

I'm thinking of getting into audio production and want to start light to see if I can figure it out before building a full rig. Would one of the Pinebook Pros handle Ubuntu Studio (or another good dist of linux for audio production)? I'm not really good at recognizing the quality of PC components/hardware for the purposes of running software.

(Maybe @luka would have some insight?)

Anyone here using wt.social yet and have thoughts on it? I'm always on the lookout for a decent place to get news (currently basically use r/news because at least it comes from hundreds of sources, so I'm not locked into one particular bias).

Does anyone have a recommendation for either a app or (preferably) wordpress plugin that tracks habits/routines publicly? I'm looking to set up a tracker for my piano practice and thought it would add some accountability if I set it up as public in some way.

Any thoughts here on how to start up a custom home theater PC? I know Raspberry Pi is an option, but for this particular project, I prefer Windows (as I'll probably install Steam to play some Rocket League).

Hiya folks,
I've posted my first youtube video today. It's about me not being very good at jazz piano, and striving to become better. Future content will include remixing cover songs, original music, and some general music-and-non-music-related vlogging. I hope to eventually be posting on PeerTube once I can find an instance that works for my needs. I'm pretty proud of it for a first video, but I would love some constructive feedback if you have the inclination!

youtu.be/u_kbvFaIg2U

@kev re: your latest blog, I'm not indieweb enabled (yet), but here are my thoughts. I would just have a meta blog as a separate category on my main site (and maybe even a separate feed - querywrangler is a good wp plugin that makes making new feeds pretty easy). I've been struggling w/ this issue too - I mostly write about music, but I also want to write about D&D & graphic design. So I'm just going the multiple categories route, and avoiding all the extra work of maintaining multiple blogs.

Hey , (maybe @luka has thoughts or can point me in a direction?) - I'm giving thought to trying ubuntu studio again - I couldn't make it work for me 3 years ago, but I'm hoping the updates in the past few years have made it more attainable to a noob like me.

What are the best methods for using VST(i)s on Linux nowadays (a lot of my libraries are Windows-only)?

(If it matters, I use traditional instruments - drums, bass, piano, etc. I don't really do much w/ synth and the like)

@pixelfed Hi, I sent an email regarding account creation - I can't do it (there is no register link), is there some way you could point me in the right direction? Thanks

2 Questions for the Day since I have a full day to work on things:

1 - What is the most noob-friendly tutorial you've encountered for setting up a wordpress site with indieweb tech?

2 - I was gifted new a Raspberry Pi 3B+ ... what should I do with it? What are your favorite Pi builds? This would be my second-only (after making an emulator machine a couple years ago), so it shouldn't be SUPER complicated, but I'm willing to experiment!

Doing this official thing -

Hello!

I have been an on-and-off web developer, using drupal and wordpress, for 15 years. I mostly just do it for friends now, as I am a full-time father.

I am a musican - I play piano and drums to write original music. Also learning the bass, so hopefully I can do all the recording on my own.

I am degoogling my life, which is how I got into the privacy movement. Happy to accept help/advice on the subject!

Looking forward to meeting you all!

Hello Fosstodon, how the heckfire does this thing work? (First time in the fediverse, making the leap after reading about it on @kev 's blog for a long time, please be gentle)

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