Hi, everyone,

This is my first post, so please bear with me if I'm not quite up in the etiquette of this forum.

I am a member of theatre-sf forum:

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http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/theatre-sf/
and the jOrgan mailing list:

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jorgan-user@lists.sourceforge.net
The object of these forums is to use computers to emulate theatre organs.

The most recent project is to use Puppy Linux to produce a sort of 'Organ on a CD', based on a VTPO called Miditzer:

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http://www.jbwebserver.net/mforum/default.asp
Between us, we have a considerable knowledge of soundfonts and the virtual instruments that run them, but most of us (Including yours truly!) know pretty well SFA about Linux.

There has been a great deal of discussion about Linux recently, mainly because soundfont synthesis makes very heavy demands on computer resources, and it appears that Linux would make much more efficient use of them than does Windows.

There is also the threat of Vista which, basically, has us all running scared because it is rumoured to set limits on which soundcards you may use and what quality of sound they may produce, quite apart from wasting even more computer power.

As a complete novice at Linux, my feeling is that Linux can help us and, perhaps, with our specialised knowledge of one possible application, we can help Linux... Who knows?..

If anyone is interested in virtual organs, and a possible X-fertilisation between VTPO and Linux, please let me know.

BTW, is there any spellcheck on this post system, I'm not always that accurate in my write-triping!

Have fun,

Roy.