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A Linux distro for digital artists

Digital artwork college students, professionals, and educators want Linux too. So, I created a new distro, which is derived from Bodhi Linux, a light-weight, Ubuntu-based distro that features solely a browser, a terminal emulator, and some different system instruments.

Bodhi Linux is constructed on the concept that the consumer ought to resolve what software program must be put in and the way the desktop interface ought to look, a job that Bohdi Linux’s Moksha desktop (a fork of the Enlightenment 17 desktop) handles very nicely. For my new distro, referred to as Bodhi Linux Media, I personalized the desktop interface, capitalizing on the truth that the working system is quick and lean (with no random stuff operating within the background) and curating the next listing of open supply software program for artists concerned in many alternative digital artwork practices (e.g., music, video, graphics, interactive artwork, coding, and so on.).

Adobe alternate options

I selected the next Adobe alternate options primarily based on two necessities: professional-grade options and cross-platform compatibility, to ease the workflow throughout totally different skilled studios.

  • GIMP: a substitute for Photoshop
  • Inkscape: a substitute for Illustrator
  • Natron: a substitute for After Effects
  • Scribus: a substitute for InDesign
  • Synfig Studio: a substitute for Animate CC


Ardour is an expert digital audio workstation, and, in contrast to a lot of its closed supply rivals, it’s cross-platform. It helps LV2 plugins and VST (when you actually can’t do with out it). Ardour handles each MIDI and audio recordsdata and helps JACK audio, which is healthier than any licensed or closed supply audio instruments. For instance, in contrast to Rewire, Ardour doesn’t restrict you to 64 channels of communication between software program.

Arduino IDE

Arduino’s microcontrollers are extremely popular in academia and broadly utilized in interactive, kinetic, and robotic artwork installations. All Arduino microcontrollers may be coded by the cross-platform Arduino IDE that comes with code examples, a serial monitor, grammar highlighting, and extra.


Atom is a cross-platform textual content editor—and far more. It can be utilized as an built-in improvement setting (IDE) with textual content prediction, grammar highlighting, and extra, and as an internet collaborative editor. It helps Git and comes with a lot of downloadable packages that add extra options. Whether you’re a coder or not, Atom is an effective software for messing with textual content.


If you want to do fast work on audio samples, Audacity is the software you want. You can convert, manipulate, and analyze audio recordsdata (even a number of recordsdata, when you like) with an easy-to-use however technically detailed and highly effective software program. It is extendable with many professional plugins.


Blender is essentially the most well-known open supply software program for 3D animation and rendering, and it is a superb, professional-grade various to closed supply software program akin to 3D Max and Maya. Many folks do not understand that Blender can also be a formidable video editor that’s similar to Adobe Premiere. Therefore, I did not add one other open supply non-linear video editor to Bodhi Linux Media—Blender is all you want.


Firefox is a incredible browser with many extensions options. DuckDuckGo is the default search engine.


Krita is an superior portray software for idea artists, illustrators, matte and texture artists, and the visible results trade.


LibreOffice is a generally used software for viewing, writing, and modifying paperwork, slides, tables, and extra.


MuseScore is music notation software program. It helps MusicXML, MIDI, and plenty of SoundFonts. Unless you’re into graphical scores or different avant-garde music actions, it’s onerous to think about what MuseScore can’t do for you. Actually, I’m not even certain it could not deal with a few of Berio‘s transcriptions.

Open Broadcaster Software

Open Broadcaster Software is nice for streaming and screencasting.


Processing is a Java-based programming language primarily for visible artists (however you are able to do sound, too). Due to its easy grammar, it’s the software of selection for a lot of instructors instructing artwork by code. However, its easy grammar doesn’t restrict customers to easy outcomes. To see among the initiatives created with Processing, check out its exhibition page.

Pure Data

Pure Data (Pd) is among the oldest and most generally used visible programming languages for multimedia works. Bodhi Linux Media contains Pd Vanilla, which is the bottom model and essentially the most supported. You can add a wealth of exterior libraries to it, together with the Graphics Environment for Multimedia (GEM), which permits manipulation of photographs, video, and 3D graphics.


Over the previous decade, live coding, during which artists mission or share their pc display to an viewers and code audio and visible digital media—reside—has attracted an increasing number of consideration. Of the numerous open supply applications that assist reside coding, I selected SuperCollider for my distro as a result of it is among the oldest items of software program that allows reside coding (that’s, executing reside, typed strains of code with out interrupting the operating audio).


VLC is a favourite media participant of many open supply and conventional pc customers.

Installing Bodhi Linux Media

Bodhi Linux Media may be put in on any USB of not less than 3GB (the ISO is 2.43GB). It may be very easy to put in:

  1. Download the picture from the distro’s GitLab repository.
  2. Download and set up Etcher
  3. Follow Etcher’s three-step process to put in the ISO in your USB
  4. Boot your pc from the USB

At the login immediate, enter the credentials:

  • consumer: digitalart
  • password: digitalart

You can even customise the listing of purposes by downloading the basic Bodhi Linux and putting in choose software program from the listing above utilizing the command lines I used to create Bodhi Linux Media.

Should you’ve got any troubles with or options for the Bodhi Linux Media distro, please contact me by my website or publish to any of the varied Bodhi boards.

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