Best Out of the Box Audio Production Distro
I have a midi keyboard that I want to work with programs like qsynth (or anything jack). This used to work out of the box for me on Ubuntu 8.04, but after I upgraded to v9+ (now 10.10) I can't get jack to play any sound. Nor can I get Ubuntu Studio to play any sounds through jack. I have tried for months now to get it to work, asking various people. Always come up clueless.
I am wondering if there is some distro that is known to "just work" (perhaps after installing a few packages like jackd) for some basic audio production tasks?
My only other requirement is that the distro have an "ubuntu-like" software repository. I want to be able to say something like "apt-get XYZ" and know I will be able to find software XYZ, almost no matter what it is, in an up to date version.