Since I got MInt Linux/MATE running smoothly on the Media PC (itself based on Ubuntu) I've been thinking of replacing the two Linux installs I have, on the Studio and RecRoom PCs. The truth is I've barely used either since I installed them, partly because I really don't like Unity or the Global Menu (it behaves like a Mac). And yes, I could just get Kubuntu (KDE), XuBuntu (Xce) or install something like Cinnamon or Mate on it, but there are other possibilities.
I went to Distro Watch and found that there are Multimedia distributions and some of these are based on Ubuntu as well, but without the HUD crap. That's important maybe, because like Mint it means that they probably have easy access to a lot of software updates, which, after it's stability is the big feature (or so I thought) with Ubuntu. I narrowed things down to Ubuntu Studio and Artist X distros. The press for Artist X is impressive:
After nearly ten years of development and more than ten versions, the ArtistX 1.2 multimedia studio on a DVD is finally here. It's an Ubuntu 11.10-based live DVD that turns a common computer into a full multimedia production studio. ArtistX 1.2 is created with the Relinux "successor of Remastersys" software for live DVDs and includes the 3.0.0-15 Linux kernel, GNOME 3 and KDE 4.7 and about 2,500 free multimedia software packages, nearly everything that exists for the GNU/Linux operating system organized in the GNOME menu. Main features: based on Ubuntu 11.10 'Oneiric Ocelot' without Unity with all updates (from October 2011); most of GNU/Linux multimedia packages and the very easy Ubiquity installer.
And I downloaded the 4GB live disk on the strength of that and I must say that it has MORE apps than I could use! No games however, but then the games just might go on the media PC, because the TV is a LOT BIGGER than any monitor I have. Or maybe I might just have Pipewalker, Mahjong and Shisen. I also looked at Ubuntu Studio but it had much less in the way of packages.However something called Ubuntu Studio is probably in the package pipeline (as they don't say).
This may be a weird form of greed. But I'm excited by the possibility of doing animation and videos under Linux. Yes, I have my AVS Video editor and Flash, but nothing says that I can't use them all as components in other other I'd make. Anyway. I'll sleep on it.