64 Studio
OS family Unix-like
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Initial release August 1, 2006; 11 years ago (2006-08-01)
Latest stable release 2.1 / June 9, 2008; 9 years ago (2008-06-09)
Supported platforms IA-32, x86-64
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux)
Default user interface GNOME
License Free software licenses
(mainly GPL)
Official website

64 Studio is a free and open source operating system based on Debian designed for creative users on x86-64 and legacy 32-bit hardware architectures. It intends to serve as an all-in-one solution for audio and video recording, editing, and other forms of media production.[1]

Since 64 Studio is distributed with a free software license, anyone with a 64-bit computer can install it on their computer in a single boot or multi-boot configuration.

Differences with Debian

The major differences between this distribution and basic Debian are a custom kernel with realtime patches applied, some pre-configuration and a custom package selection designed to meet the needs of creative desktop users. Other packages may also be modified to some extent, as are the basic GNOME desktop themes.


The project released the first beta of 64 Studio, version 0.9.0 code-named 'Toe Rag', on August 1, 2006. The release was named in honour of the all-analogue Toe Rag Studios in London, England.

After eighteen months of development, the project made its first stable release available for free download on November 29, 2006. It is named 'Olympic' in recognition of the work of Glyn Johns and Eddie Kramer at Olympic Studios in London.

The second stable release, version 2.0 codename 'Electric', was announced on July 27, 2007. This release was named after Electrical Audio, the studio founded by sound engineer Steve Albini in Chicago. An update version 2.1 was released on June 9, 2008, named 'A Minha Menina' after a song by Jorge Ben, recorded by Os Mutantes and covered by The Bees.[2]

In beginning of May 2011, 4.0 beta 1 images were uploaded to 64 Studio-server, after long time without new releases making users unsure about the future of the project. The Project has apparently been renamed to OpenDAW. There's been a conversation about the new release in 64 Studio's mailinglist. [3] [4]

Business model

Custom variants of 64 Studio have been deployed in commercial products including the Lionstracs Mediastation, the Harrison Xdubber, and the Indamixx from Trinity Audio Group.[5]

The 64 Studio company maintains the Platform Development Kit (PDK), a free software tool originally developed at Progeny Linux Systems for the automated creation and management of custom distributions. PDK is a revision control system, with support for both Advanced Packaging Tool platforms (including Debian and Ubuntu) and RPM Package Manager platforms (including Red Hat Enterprise Linux).[6]

Following the closure of Progeny in 2007, PDK is now made available to the software development community through a GitHub site.[7] PDK is used to create and maintain the 64 Studio distribution, as well as custom variants of the 64 Studio platform that the company produces on behalf of its OEM customers.

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