Hey, Beer --
I've long been tempted to start dicking around with Linux, but have never really found the motivation. Lately, however, I've been reading about this Debian distro called 64 Studio
which is pretty tantalizing, given that I've spent scads on DAW software updates for Windows over the years.
Thing is, this thing's specifically designed for 64-bit systems, with which I have zero experience. Moreover, despite my years of IT experience I've never actually built a system from the ground up (though I have plenty of experience under the hood, so to speak).
Any recommendations for a butt-kicking barebones system on the cheap? You seem to be the man when it comes to this stuff.
I've got an old P3 system I could cannibalize for parts (drives, vid card, etc.). Any advice or warnings? Do you provide consulting services, build these things for a fee or know someone who does (preferably at a reasonable rate)? I'm not sure this is a project for a Linux noob such as I, or that I have the time and patience to do it from scratch.
Mind you, my interest in largely theoretical at this stage. Just wondering if I could get such an animal up and running without spending a fortune. I'm thinking it might save me money over the long haul if I could break my dependence on Windows for all things digital audio.
Thanks in advance for any advice.