Ubuntu Studio is the most widely used multimedia orientated GNU/Linux distribution in the world. It comes preinstalled with a selection of the most common free multimedia applications available, and is configured for best performance for the Ubuntu Studio defined workflows: Audio, Graphics, Video, Photography and Publishing.
Ubuntu Studio makes available some of the most popular and recently updated audio software in the Linux world.
Jack is a low latency capable audio and midi server, designed for pro audio use. It enables all Jack capable applications to connect to each other. A common program for controlling the jack server is Qjackctl.
Ardour is a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), suitable for recording, mixing and mastering. Some of its features include:
Sequencers and Synthesizers
Ubuntu Studio comes installed with other notable applications such as:
Virtual Guitar Amps
Rakarrack (preinstalled) and Guitarix are two popular guitar amp simulators.
Gladish will enable you to start applications, make connections between them, and save the whole configuration to file. Gladish is also an alternative to Qjackctl.
There are numerous easy to use audio programming environments available to Ubuntu Studio, such as the preinstalled puredata. Others are installable, such as supercollider, csound and chuck.
Blender is a full fledged 3D content creation suite. You can create 3D models and animate scenes. Blender also has its’ own game engine and is vastly expandable with addons.
Inkscape is a superb vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.
GIMP stands for Gnu Image Manipulation Program, and is a similar to Photoshop.
MyPaint is a digital painting tool, designed to work with graphic tablets. It comes with a large collection of brushes, including ink and charcoal.
Openshot is a simple video editor for Linux. Add videos, photos and music to create DVD’s, youtube clips and a range of other formats.
“FFmpeg is the leading multimedia framework, able to decode, encode, transcode, mux, demux, stream, filter and play pretty much anything that humans and machines have created. It supports the most obscure ancient formats up to the cutting edge. No matter if they were designed by some standards committee, the community or a corporation. It contains libavcodec, libavutil, libavformat, libavdevice, libswscale and libswresample which can be used by applications. As well as ffmpeg, ffserver, ffplay and ffprobe which can be used by end users for transcoding, streaming and playing.”
Use DVDStyler to create custom, professional looking DVD’s.
Darktable is a photography workflow application and RAW developer. A virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers. It manages your digital negatives in a database, lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable and enables you to develop raw images and enhance them.
You can use Shotwell to organize your library of photos.
Allthough not everything is preinstalled, powerful tools for book publishing are at your fingertips, installable from the repo using Software Center.
Calibre is a popular program that makes things easy for new users by providing excellent templates for common formats, such as kindle, various types of tablets and other hardware readers, and a lot more.
Another great tool is Scribus, which will let you creat professional PDF publications. There are some nice templates for posters, business cards, brochures and more.
And of course, we have LibreOffice. With LibreOffice Writer you can create the text, and save in any format you like. Including MS Office formats, as well as export to PDF.