6.0: The beginning of the end for AV Linux
Source: AV Linux Following what he calls "a very turbulent development period", AV Linux Project Leader Glen MacArthur has released version 6.0 of his custom Linux distribution geared towards audio and video production. AV Linux is a Debian-based distribution that uses the lightweight LXDE desktop environment and includes various multimedia creation programs out of the box. While the OS is specifically aimed at multimedia content creators, MacArthur says that the "state-of-the-art release" is still well-suited for most common daily computer tasks.
AV Linux 6.0 upgrades the underlying Linux kernel to version 3.0.36 and now uses Nautilus as its default file manager. One of the first things users will notice is the introduction of a new custom theme with new menu buttons. A new Control Panel has been added and numerous packages have been updated. These include fresh versions of the popular Handbrake transcoding tool, Rosegarden audio and MIDI sequencer, the ardour digital audio workstation (DAW), Audacity, and the Cinelerra and OpenShot video editors.
While the project has received positive feedback from users, MacArthur says that version 6.0 will be the final release of AV Linux for a number of reasons, most notably a lack of donations. The distribution is being provided "as-is" and will not be updated and maintained, although the developer notes that tech support will be provided in the project's forums for one year. "Obviously this will be a disappointment to some users, however before you walk away I urge you to try the latest ISO and let it prove it's own worth," said MacArthur, adding that, "people who want to install and create multimedia will not be disappointed... people who live for the next software update will be better served by KXStudio or Dream Studio, both excellent projects in their own right."
A full list of changes, including new and updated packages, can be found in the announcement forum post. AV Linux 6.0 is available to download as a 2.5GB ISO image directly from the project's site or via BitTorrent.