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Reviving my home studio, this time the free software way

Long ago, before I ever knew a lick of BASH or even what an OS kernel was, my passion was not technology but music, music, and more music.  Roughly the first half of my adult life was devoted to the writing, playing, and recording of music, and by around 2002 I’d built for myself a tidy little home recording & mixing setup centered on Cakewalk Sonar, Jeskola Buzz, and Windows XP.  Alas, the years were not kind to my career or gear, and up until recently my music computer was busy being a game & education machine for the kids.

Thanks to a hard drive crash and the purchase of new machines for the kids, I got my old music machine back, albeit lacking a functioning operating system and software.  So, I decided now was a good time to rebuild it.  This time, though, I decided the time was right to kick XP and Cakewalk to the curb and go it Free Software style.


Reason #423 to hate Oracle

Error received while attempting to make Oracle talk to php5 on Debian:

Unpacking oracle-xe-client (from .../oracle-xe-client_10.2.0.1-1.2_i386.deb) ...
This system does not meet the minimum requirements for swap space.  Based on
the amount of physical memory available on the system, Oracle Client 10g
Express Edition requires 1024 MB of swap space. This system has 542 MB
of swap space.  Configure more swap space on the system and retry the installation.

That’s 1024 MB of swap space to install the client. Why???? Who knows!! Never mind that I have plenty of RAM, enough to operate the entire 32bit address space without any swap at all, but ORACLE MUST HAVE MOAR SWAP.

So I’ll just totally go do a bunch of low-level disk-monkeying on my web servers to accommodate this need, I guess…