Ubuntu Studio 11.04 – The Multimedia Natty 15 comments

Ubuntu Studio 11.04 Natty Narwhal, the highly customized derivative of Ubuntu for Artists, Musicians and other professionals is ready to use. Yes ! Ubuntu Studio 11.04 has been released and is ready for upgrade/ install. This time we have good news for Studio users, your default environment i.e Gnome is in-tact but you have full access to Ubuntu Unity if you want.  Many kernel and feature updates have been made to Ubuntu Studio for better performance while doing those heavy tasks. So, let your creativity fly …



Fresh Installation

A Fresh Install is and has always been the cleanest method for installing any linux distro but is less preferred in this case due to data loss. But if you are a new User and want to test Ubuntu Studio for a while, then this is the way to go. The process is same ! Yes, Ubiquity is still not here for Ubuntu Studio users but there is a good news regarding the installer. It has got some improvements both in look and feature.

All you need to do is to download Ubuntu Studio burn it to a DVD or make a USB bootable and install it. We have covered installation process in detail here however the images below will take you to the step by step procedure –

  • Select your language and start with the installation.
  • Select the “Install Ubuntu Studio” option and then press enter .
  • The installer will scan your Source and your hardware after that.
  • The system will ask you for your username and password you want to set up .
  • The installer will ask for Partitioning. Here, i have used default partitioner set-up. If you want to go with the Manual partitioning , you can refer here. After all settings have been done, press enter to continue and now your system will be installed with proposed changes.
  • It will finish the installation and then prepare it for first use.
  • After all work is finished ,the system will be restarted by pressing enter 🙂
  • Lastly, type in your Username and password(if any)and enjoy your Ubuntu Studio 11.04

Note – Use ‘Tab’ key to select choice, ‘Enter’ to execute, ‘Up/Down/Left/Right’ keys to navigate and ‘Space’ to mark selections in boxes.


The Upgrade to Ubuntu Studio 11.04 can be done in two ways-

1) Ubuntu 11.04 Unity Upgrade

Upgrading from Unity is easy as a pie. Any Ubuntu 11.04 user can upgrade its Default Ubuntu Desktop to Ubuntu studio merely by going to Applications>Synaptic Package Manager and selecting Ubuntu Studio, Ubuntu-studio-wallpapers, Ubuntu-studio-audio, Ubuntu Studio-video, menu, sounds, look, default-settings, audio-plugins, icon-theme, gdm-theme, controls etc. and mark all of theme for installation. Then click Install and you are done. Reboot and Enjoy a whole new Studio experience.

2)Ubuntu Studio 10.10 Upgrade

To upgrade from Ubuntu 10.10 on a desktop system, press Alt+F2, type in “update-manager -d” (without quotes), and press Enter. Update Manager will open up and display the message, “New distribution release ‘11.04’ is available.” Click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions, then reboot your brand new Ubuntu Studio 11.04 desktop.

Natty Studio Features

Application Lists

The default application lists have changed and the latest list of applications that comes with Ubuntu Studio 11.04 is a little different from that of Ubuntu Studio 10.10.


Suites including the best open-source applications available. For instance, Ardour 2 – A multitrack recorder/editor geared toward people familiar with Pro-Tools.


Blender, Kino, and Stopmotion are included for video creation. We hope to provide a creative environment to people as well as give a spotlight to some amazing open-source applications.


Graphic design and modeling applications including The GIMP, Inkscape and Blender. Along with plugins like dcraw to help with RAW camera files and wacom-tools for people with Wacom drawing tablets.

Installation tasks

The task selections during installation have been updated. The audio tasks have been parsed into two groups: generation and recording. The ‘generation’ task selections is focused more on synthesizers and sequencers (i.e. tone generation) and the ‘recording’ task focuses on recording live musician performances.

The Kernel

Currently, Ubuntu Studio is shipping the generic kernel 2.6.28. Ubuntu Kernel Team & Studio devs are working hard to get a lowlatency kernel into the archives. You can use this PPA to get latest kernels but hey its under development, so be careful !

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:abogani/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get isntall linux-lowlatency linux-meta-lowlatency

and reboot.

Network Manager

Due to continuing problems, network-manager will replace gnome-network-admin. So, this time the developers are hoping to see less bug reports regarding the Network manager like before. We have tested it in beta, it actually works fine.


Ubuntu Studio does not currently use Unity. As the user logs in it will default to Gnome Classic Desktop (i.e. Gnome 2.32). But you can use Ubuntu Unity by installing it using this PPA

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:unity-2d-team/unity-2d-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unity-2d

This will install Unity 2D to your system and you can choose at login time to boot into Gnome or Unity.

Ubuntu Studio Controls

Ubuntu Studio Natty will include ‘Ubuntu Studio Controls’ that provide you full control over your Studio desktops but they have not included them by default. So, what we need to do is to wait for upgrades for this feature to comeup.

Ubuntu Studio Desktop

Take a look at the Ubuntu Studio desktop interface. Its cool, its better and its highly customized derivative to the mainstream Ubuntu.

Ubuntu Studio Gnome –

Ubuntu Studio Unity –

For ay queries regarding Ubuntu Studio or any other regarding Ubuntu/Bash can be asked here anytime.

Njoy !

About Cell aka Abhishek

A Technology Fanatic, Open-source lover, a future Entrepreneur, & an Innovative thinker, is presently working as a R&D Engineer in the Wind Turbine Industry.

  • Bla

    Thanks, that was more helpful than the Ubuntu Studio website.

  • Maxel

    Why you omitted the step in which a choice of three different kernels is presented?

    What is the diference in these kernels? None of them says anything about realtime or low latency. No info available to help decide which kernel to install.

    Also there is a flaw: at the end you are given the choice to install a limited init something setings with limited drivers, or with all drivers even if not needed. I wrongly chose the “small” file. consequence: my portable USB hard disk is not working at all (normally the power starts when conected to the computer; not anymore, stays with power off even if is connected). Back to square zero and re-install all over again.

  • Zomzilla

     at the moment i dont beleive there is a realtime, or low latency option.

    however there are some fantastic guides around that will show just how easy it is to make a custom kernel 🙂

  • Max

    After using the generic kernel 2.6.38-8, I encountered serious latency problems with lots of xruns using qjackctl. This problem was solved by installing the low-latency kernel from alessio’s repo (same kernel version, but patched for preemp kernel). Now all the xruns have finally gone and no more latency issues. It is a good ubuntu version so far, but IS NOT very stable. For example, quite often after login I am welcomed by a nasty message saying that “the panel encountered a problem while loading…. applet”. This is probably a bug or an instability issue. Also, using the lowlatency kernel, if I start a movie with VLC media player, for a short while the sound is really bad, but afterwards it restores; at some point, the desktop can freeze and will not come back. But I use my laptop ubuntu studio mostly to hook my keyboard midi to the computer, and it works nice; no latency issues at all and that is very important for me.

  • Frashua

    Hola buen dia.

    yo les puedo comentar que es una exelente plataforma he observado que en computadores de escritorio tiene muchos errores y en una lapton no, pero me encontre con una lapton hp el software pone varios programas en estado Dormido y no me deja ejecutarlos ya prove de todas las formas de ejecucion y lo sigue dejando dormido como dicen todavia no es estable ……  🙂

  • Fred

    Love what you have done.  How about a distro that would install in vmware please.

  • works in vmware mate 🙂 just need proper settings

  • UbuntuStudio : – )

  • Febytommy

    where can a get live cd iso file for ubuntu studio 11.04? plz reply

  • Zackq Ahmed

    is acer 4750G (core i5, Geforce GT540M) support this ubuntu?, can run the compiz?

  • Olle

    I’m happy to have found Ubuntu Studio. It makes my (amateur) multimedia experience much better than ‘vanilla’ Ubuntu. It really make the sound card perform well.

  • Guest

    dude yeah, the 5830TG runs fantastic, dual boot with windows 7 seamless

  • Lee

    what do you do when the download is complete and where do you go to find what you downloaded (ubuntustudio)

  • Lee


  • Guido