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DistroWatch.com: Audiophile Linux

Audiophile Linux

Last Update: 2018-03-24 02:02 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.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 184 (42), 6 months: 191 (40), 3 months: 172 (44), 4 weeks: 149 (45), 1 week: 152 (39)

Average visitor rating: 2.67/10 from 6 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 --
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Linux Mint 19$5.95
Ubuntu 18.10$5.95
Debian 9.6.0$5.95
openSUSE 15.0$5.95
Manjaro 18.0$5.95
Fedora 29$5.95
MX Linux 17.1$5.95
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Linux Mint 19 16GB$14.95
Ubuntu 18.10 16GB$14.95
Fedora 29 16GB$14.95

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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 (3.0.2) --
alsa-lib (1.1.7) 1.1.3
ati-driver (18.30) --
bash (4.4.18) 4.4
bind (9.13.4) --
chromium (71.0.3578.80) --
cups (2.2.10) --
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.5
e2fsprogs (1.44.4) 1.43.4
firefox (64.0) --
freetype (2.9.1) --
gcc (8.2.0) --
gimp (2.10.8) --
glibc (2.28) 2.25
gnome-shell (3.30.2) --
gnucash (3.3) --
gnumeric (1.12.44) --
grub (2.02) 2.02
gtk+ (3.24.1) 3.22.10
httpd (2.4.37) --
inkscape (0.92.3) --
k3b (18.08.3) --
kmod (25) 24
krita (4.1.5)  
libreoffice (6.1.3) --
linux (4.19.8) 4.10.9
Package 4.0
lxpanel (0.9.3) --
mariadb (10.3.11) --
mate-desktop (1.20.3) --
mesa (18.3.0) 17.0.3
mysql (8.0.13) --
nautilus (3.30.4) 3.22.3
NVIDIA (415.18) --
openbox (3.6.1) --
openjdk (10.0.2) --
openssh (7.9p1) 7.4p1
openssl (1.1.1a) 1.0.2k
perl (5.28.0) 5.24.1
php (7.3.0) --
plasma-desktop (5.14.4) --
postfix (3.3.2) --
postgresql (11.1) --
Python (3.7.1) --
qt (5.12.0) 5.8.0
samba (4.9.3) 4.5.8
systemd (239) 232
thunderbird (60.3.3) --
vim (8.1) 8.0
vlc (3.0.4) 2.2.4
xfdesktop (4.12.4) --
xorg-server (1.20.3) 1.19.3

Reader Ratings
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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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Version: 4.0
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-07-24
Votes: 5

Readers should note this not a standard Linux. It is a real-time Linux created for one task, audiophile quality music server which it does extremely well.

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Version: 4.0
Rating: 1
Date: 2017-06-07
Votes: 6

Yes. the other two reviews are correct. I have been downloading now for the better part of two days now. There is still supposed to be 28 hours remaining. Decided this is not on, its supposed to be open source, it should be available, and this is not availability.

Like the previous reviewer, I shall let it continue - doubtless with several restarts as it has already cut off once, and then see what we do.

It should not feature on Distrowatch. Having a free download link which does not work marks it as a scam.

The other worrying thing about the site is the usb board, which costs several hundred euros and is supposed to be of superlative low noise quality. Well, think about it. You take usb out, which is data, and you pipe it into an outboard DAC. Or mostly nowadays any audiophile would actually take it out over optical, which is also data, and pipe it into your outboard DAC.

So how is the several hundred spent on this low noise usb card going to make the slightest difference to the quality of the bits that come over the link?

It has all the marks of being a scam, and one suspects the technical expertise of the people who put the distro together. It would probably be a lot safer to get the real time Arch kernel and load the music packages on it oneself.

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