You certainly can code up graphics stuff in the stock distro - either using X or SDL. It should also be possible to write (or run) all the qt stuff without using the qtonpi distro. I would go debian all the time.daz wrote: I'm total linux-noob, with a bit of experience in c++ mostly through making VST (audio) plugins on ... and I'd like to explore using the RPi for some basic VJ'ing (I'm a recent vvvv convert on pc) blending static video files with live-generated animation elements, sprites, swipes and so on ...
I'm not expecting to replace my windoze boxes, rather to supplement my live setup with a couple of switch-on and run graphics effects running from a couple Pi's ... with power somewhere between a PS2 and a PS3 ...
but at this stage I've yet to even plugin and power-up my Pi - so the pertinent question would be ::
which distro ?
I like what I've seen of the nokia qt stuff, but I have to confess I find it utterly inpregnable from a basic getting-started point of view -- can I go with the stock distro and still get to roll-up my sleeves with some graphical goodness ?
Haven't done any midi stuff but the midi support for linux is pretty good and the raspi doesn't do anything special in that regard. Your best search results are going to be from using linux instead of raspi when googling.oh, and on a (slightly) unrelated point - what's the deal with RPi vs MIDI ? can I just use a 'standard' ('driverless') usb>midi 'converter' cable to realise I/O or do I have to start melting my finger tips and swearing at a soldering iron ?
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