Linux Audio Development: A Report from Karlsruhe
First thanks must go to Frank Neumann, Matthias Nagorni and Götz Dipper. They managed a large and diverse group of developers arriving from various points at various times, ensuring everyone's comfort and well-being. For a first-time effort organizing a conference of this size, they all deserve the highest praise and thanks. The directorate and staff at ZKM also must receive great gratitude for their hospitality and financial assistance. The Zentrum is an awesome place to hold such a conference, and I recommend it to anyone visiting Karlsruhe. Thanks also to Jörn Nettingsmeier for managing the live internet feed and for helping in so many other ways.
Finally, vast thanks to the developers themselves who have done so much and given so freely. They are true heroes, persevering to create a unique phenomenon: powerful software freely available to musicians and sound people the world over, running on the world's most free and powerful operating system. What an amazing group, what remarkable accomplishments!
Pictures and MP3s from the conference are available on-line.
More information about ZKM may be found at www.zkm.de.
Information regarding the Linux Audio Developers group is at www.linuxdj.com/audio/lad/.
More general information about Linux sound and music software can be found at linux-sound.org.
Dave Phillips is a musician, teacher and writer living in Findlay, Ohio. He has been an active member of the Linux audio community since his first contact with Linux in 1995. He is the author of The Linux Book of Music & Sound.
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