Which distribution for these Audio-related needs?
I've had Ubuntu on my laptop since more than one year, but never used it for anything special.
Now I have got a "special" need: I want to use my laptop as an high-quality stereo audio source (think about it as a Super-iPod), keeping the audio files on an external HDD, and connected via FireWire to and external audio board that will convert the digital signal and send the analog signal to a Hi-Fi amplifier.
Now I've just changed my laptop internal HDD and I would like to know which distribution would fit me best...
My indecision is between Ubuntu 9.10 and OpenSUSE 11.2.
I'd like to know if they have got some problems with the things I want to do, If they have the apps I need, if they support the drivers I will use and so on.
For this "special" task, I've used only Windows XP up to now. For other things, only Ubuntu (versions from 8.04 to 9.10) but I'd like to try something different if it's better.
I'll try to be as clear as possible. I need:
1) Some program/application that will copy my CDs just as they are (without compressing them), copying and saving the audio tracks bit-by-bit.
Just like Windows does with WAV files and Mac does with AIFF files.
Not FLAC, but just a perfect copy of what's written in the CD.
Is it possible? Has Linux got such a kind of format?
I'm talking about 16bit/44.1KHz tracks.
2) Some program/application that will extract the stereo audio tracks from my DVDs, always bit-by-bit without compression version.
We're going from 16bit/48KHz to 24bit/96KHz tracks.
3) Some program that will extract the whole DVD (always without compression)
The best would be extracting only the movie with the stereo track.
4)Some media player with a kind of library (such as iTunes) that will classify and show me all these files by author, composer, track title, album title etc and play all these files saved on the ext HDD
5) Real-Time (a.k.a. low latency) Kernel: I know that Ubuntu has got it. What about OpenSUSE?
6) Last but (absolutely!) not least, I'd like to know if the following package will work on both the distributions:
I CANNOT POST THE URL. It's a *.gz package, it contains the drivers of my external FireWire Audio Board. Do you think this kind of package will give me problems with any of the distributions?
Thank you very much for your attention!