We passed the point of "useful" and onto "making pointless shit then trying to get people to buy it".
Much of the world's economy has been based on that principle for decades.
(for quite plausible values of "useful" and "pointless")
why is there not a single "Noto serif" font that combines them all? Or how else is one supposed to configure the browser now to give access to all those symbols?
A single font for all of them, as has been mentioned above, is possible but would be over 400MB, which is a problem for some of us.
Browsers will search other available fonts for a code point that's not in the current font, so you can install a collection of subset fonts that includes all the characters you are likely to need.
Try Ardour: http://ardour.org/
Ardour is a very capable DAW, but by itself it's not "A viable alternative to osx (and ms) for multimedia work". AV Linux is, however, a snapshot of Debian testing with numerous setup tweaks and a real time kernel that does make a usable OS for audio work. And includes Ardour, of course.
(if you're interested, watch the AV Linux forum., A new release is imminent...)
Not that either proposal has much merit, of course, for similar reasons.
This is the brainchild of Andrea Leadsom, one of the two final contestants for leadership of the Tory party (and hence the post of PM until the next general election). According to a comment on this story on The Register, she already has a reputation around Westminster as a "self-serving simpleton". Theresa May (the other contestant) is generally expected to win.
It's still MUCH slower than background noise from a microphone or thermal noise from a resistor, but at least it uses hardware that's already there.
As for the explosion of the battery, in an environment where jet fuel is being burned, that's just a little extra heat and flame.
You can argue about Ardour vs. Pro Tools, but basically they do the same kind of job. Many audio professionals use Pro Tools not because it's better than anything else but simply because if you ever send your work to another studio or get another engineer to work in your studio, that's what they'll expect.
Incidentally, Ardour also works on OSX and Windows now, but it's better supported (because more widely used so far) on Linux.
Content creation whether, audio, video, 2D, 3D, or other at the professional level generally requires the ability to jump among a variety of software packages, plugins, and occasional one-jobbers.
If there's a limitation with Linux, that's it. Good quality software and hardware are available, but there's far less choice than there is for Windows, which is obviously supported by every manufacturer.
Linux would be good for this, but most of the mainstream desktop UIs (KDE, Gnome, etc.) tend to be very slow and porky, so it really would take a separate desktop environment that is lightweight in order to allow Linux to be useful for an audio or audio/video platform.
It also needs a few system tweaks and, for best latency, a low-latency or even realtime kernel.
AV Linux is a Debian system so tweaked, making it very easy to use. It also comes with XFCE, which is more than enough desktop functionality to do audio and video work and llightweight enough not to get in the way.
It is better, whichever OS you use, to have a dedicated system for realtime work like multitrack audio recording and mixing. Real recording studios don't do their accounts and email on the studio computer. Not while it's being used in a recording session, anyway...
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