The long version: Some of you might get offended reading this, but it does need to be understood nonetheless (it’s already been said, but not necessarily understood).
Ardour is a great idea. I love it the idea of it, and I hope it does extremely well. As it stands, it’s keeping a lot of doors closed on itself though.
If only people with a fairly advanced knowledge of how OSs work can actually install the program, that sort of negates every other advantage it has. And let’s face it, that’s exactly the case here.
I’m not computer illetarate. I was programer once, I can use linux (Suse at least, the idiot’s linux). But I can’t for the life of me figure out how to install this program. Rather than start a thread asking for help, which I may still (cause really, I could definitely use some), it seems prudent to bring this issue up more generally.
This site offers absolutely zero insight into how to install this program. “Depends on what your set-up is” is the answer equivalent of “you just do”. It’s not advice whatsoever (not targetting just that one post either, after searching the forum records that seems to be the most typical answer).
This is more than just frustration boiling over. I may or may not give up on this entire program (I’ve been trying for a few days, and have made zero inroads)… I’m stubborn so likely not. But what about the other people like me who do give up on it?
It’s not like there aren’t literally tens of thousands of people who would simply love a “free” high powered DAW. Ardour dos itself a disservice by not making it easier or clearer to actually use this program. Considering how much money goes into music software on the consumer end all the time, you basically just forfeit your share of it by not making your product more accessible.
That’s all I’m really driving at here. I’m honestly not trying to be confrontational or standoffish, but YOU LOSE LOTS AND LOTS OF MONEY by making your product inaccessible to a huge demographic. As it stands, most of the people who can use your program are one and the same as the ones who can design and further it (from what I’ve seen of these forums, I’m sure there are plenty of exceptions), but the #1 demographic you should be targetting, which is the slightly less computer-literate but nonetheless musician, seems to be basically an afterthought in practice, never mind the pitch.
The short version: Seriously, you guys need an installation page. Even just a general roadmap would help. You have essentially nothing right now but a run-around and the best advice I’ve seen is “learn unix better”. And you lose dollar signs for it.