I tried avl64 2017 for a number of months and really like all it's features. I've added whatever I wanted mostly through synaptic, but built some sourcecode compilitions, too. Slick and easy as ever. Did mostly audio stuff so far, but will download the latest version only if this one needs an upgrade, but works well at everything i tried. Next, I'm trying this old 2009 thinkpad at Blender animation.
I like to use Debian for it's completness and robustness and PuppyLinux for it's quickness.
AVLinux is now the distro I coin as "Debian packed with digital usefulness."
whats not so great as they should be is the creative apps that come with it
maybe I am just unlucky in love but apps like adore, kdenlive, cinerella, qtract,etc,etc
while in spirit are all fantastic programs but in practice leave me wondering when will I only have to deal with the odd crash once ever six months instead of six times every week
It is a stable Debian distribution and include all the best features of Debian (stability, many package, automations), but with unofficial repositories (KXstudio, Ubuntu, etc) of compatible software Debian based. It's wonderful to find everything ready and installed, such many audio plug-in by default, Ardour, MixBus, Carla, a optimized Kernell RT.
If you wish, you can customize an official debian yourself and install the same AVLInux software and the RT kernel or compile your own custom RT kernel, but with AVLinux this is a big time saver.
I'm using AVLinux for audio production with the Presonus Firepod 10/10 sound card and it works well with Jack or qjackctl. I'm also surprised that firefox's audio works on youtube and that the whole system can interface to jack. So Vlc works and I can hear other songs and videos.
I mainly record acoustic drums and some midi tracks with the synthesizer. For now I can not make the Focusrite Saffire Liquid 56 well recognized, but I am hopeful.
Like this operating system for several reasons:
I do not have a computer with on-line internet access, this operating system is just about complete as is with ISO disk and also the Debian Operating System 3 ISO disks.
I have managed to manually install My Paint on AV and it works great. My interest are generally graphic arts and programs to help with my web site design (have my own on-line web site type of art gallery).
I am learning and using Blender a lot, also included with AV and find the .tar downloads for the latest versions work easily by placing them in the download directory into a folder and then extracting them at that location.
On reason I like AV and Debian together is that Debian which has a large amount of software you can install (through the Synaptic Package Manager and three iso burned discs) without an internet connection to the repository, Debian has just about everything available as open source software. One thing Debian does not include is a codec for playing more current DVD movies and TV series releases through VLC media player, although some older ones will work. Here AV Linux does have the necessary codec to watch retail bought current and older release DVDs on the VLC media player. There may be some package available to update the Debian operating system codec yet I have not been able to figure that one out yet, so AV does have this ability.
AV also includes Inkscape and GIMP, two programs I also use a lot for graphic arts. Like the program Clementine for listening to music placed on computer from CDs, tapes, and records I bought in the past that were converted to mp3 or WAV format. Audacity is helpful here for editing.
2016.8.30 works charming on HP Quadro with M-Audio M-Track at least when one uses this as a DAW-computer exclusively. I am not sure if it fits to day-to-day usage as well. I see absolutely no reason to upgrade to 2017.4.9. "Just do not touch, if it works". Especially taking into account, that 2017.4.9 is the first release which has PulseAudio within.