Help choosing new Linux distro for Rack v2

Hi there

I still use ubuntu 16.04 on my tower pc, I planned to change OS for the Rack v2 arrival, and now it’s time to think about it.

ryzen7 1700 - two SSDs - 16Gb ram - nvidia 1050ti 4Gb

I was thinking about ubuntu studio (20 or 21 LTS version…I don’t know) but if there’s something lighter I would give it a try…any suggestion?

I don’t need too much software, I think I will try Reaper as my DAW

cheers :broccoli:


If you are used to ubuntu then you’ll be fine just to go with that again. You can get minimal iso images I think, or KDE Neon is quite minimal. You could add the kxstudio repo for plugins and you’re good to go.

I recently installed manjaro on a laptop and I like it but there is an issue with some plugins. I use the kxstudio repo for plugins in KDE Neon and when I install the plugins with AUR some of them are not seen as the same as what I had used in old projects so I can’t load them properly. Might be something to keep in mind.


I recently installed Manjaro (Budgie desktop) and after a few tweaks, it’s the only distro that has not given me audio glitches on my laptop. I guess it comes down to using a very recent kernel.

In my main computer I use Ubuntu Budgie. It’s very light. But in Ubuntu I still have from time to time problems with the audio when using Rack and the ES-8 audio card. Sometimes it works, others is full of glitches.

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It’s not the distro, it’s the configuration.

If there’s enough space on your hard drive, create an extra partition and run some tests, so you can turn back to your working system without any issues.

I recently upgraded to Ubuntu-studio 21.10 and it still feels like home :slight_smile:


If you are willing to spend time on configuration Arch Linux is very lightweight as it comes with the bare minimum and you can install only the things you need. It has extensive documentation, a fairly large userbase, good package system and frequent updates.

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ok, I watched some videos, and I think I will give manjaro a shot

I will try it for 2-3 weeks (I need to have it working properly by november 5th) and than I will choose

tnx everybody for the answers :beers:

These pages may be of some use to you and future Manjaro users:

Note: I’m mostly on Windows 11 now - no working drivers for my main Audio Interface (M-Audio ProFire Lightbridge) in linux. Considering RME Digiface USB instead.

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is it time to give pipewire a shot (installing it from the beginning without pulseaudio and/or jack) or is it too early?

I’ve switched to it, works really well.

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manjaro feels good for now, timeshift has become a good friend :smiley:

also jack2 has been a lot easier to set up compared to jack (ok…it was few years ago when I tried linux for the first time)

i decided not to go for pipewire, I’ll wait probably… few years :beers: