The changes going on in my personal life had had me reflecting about a lot of different things lately. The concept of not always thinking ahead and planning for every eventuality is becoming a thing of the past. Sure I still plot and plan and think about the future but not as much as what I once did. This concious act has had an interesting affect on me personally…I am remembering more of what my unconscious mind is doing during my now mandatory 7 hour rest period. I am dreaming again and I am able to remember what I dreamt about…it is an experience that I have not had since I was a teenager and it is glorious.
That being said, I have also made another fundamental change to my philosophy of life and it directly relates to not worrying about the future and has everything to do with living in the moment that is right in front of me. We live in a digital world, with hundreds of gadgets and tools that can really make a difference in our lives to capture the hidden pleasures that come from experiencing the seconds, minutes and hours that tick by while we are too busy to enjoy them. I find myself pulling out my Smart Phone to capture those moments and in doing so…I felt a need to find a way to experience them tomorrow, next week and in years to come…so I went looking first for an App then with it being Sunday…a full OS that would enable me to focus on compiling the little hidden moments into something more…and that is where Celeum’s DreamStudio Linux OS comes in!
Based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS the 3.0 GB download and install was very familiar and comfortable. There were several versions of DreamStudio available but I chose the one that comes with the LightWorks video editing software installed. Take note if you choose this one, you will need to create an account with LightWorks to be able to use the software (which is available for both Linux and Windows).
Setting up the 64-bit DreamStudio in an Oracle VirtualBox installation is as always pretty straight forward. I gave the new install 4 GB of RAM and 20 GB of HDD to play with and off to the races I went. 14 minutes from clicking on the download to having a fully functional OS is not to bad at all!
The ISO weighing in at 3 GB seemed a bit much considering that the Ubuntu 12.04 that it is based on only weighs in at around 900 MB so I was intrigued by what would be included in the 2 GB+ extra bandwidth that I committed and I was more than impressed by the included software.
DreamStudio is in itself a self contained multimedia editing solution. It covers all the bases with Web, Image, Sound and Video editing capabilities right out of the box and with the inclusion of LightWorks…I am thinking that this will very quickly become my primary OS on MonstaPuter for some time to come (and to top it off, the brain trust behind this OS rebuild are from Canada…in fact from a part of this Great Country that is typically better known for Wheat Fields than IT Innovation but Saskatoon, Saskatchewan has a new fan in me).
The only challenge that I found out of the box was that upon starting up I had 548 updates that needed to be completed so before I dove into using and testing out DreamStudio I wanted to get everything updated and ready to use. For anyone familiar with the update process…this took far longer than the 14 minutes it took to download and install the OS but well worth the wait as I had the all the latest versions of the software included with the OS…and that was well worth the wait.
- Bombono (DVD Authoring)
- Hydrogen Drum Machine
- the Gimp
- Luminance HDR
- Firefox Browser
- Thunderbird Email
- Transmission BitTorrent
Overall, this is one of the most complete OS installs that I have made in a long time and with it running the Ubuntu Unity Desktop I was instantly familiar with how to get things to work and with any additional software that I may want, the Ubuntu Software Store was right there for me. When I put this system into production for myself though, I will add in a Software Dock and will probably convert over to Gnome or LXDE desktop just because I have grown to like them more and more over time.
Even in the limited configuration that I put into play within the VirtualBox environment, DreamStudio offers great power and smooth transitions and to put in a bit of a plug for the folks at Celeum…their CeleumTV solution looks very intriguing…one that once my upcoming move to my new apartment happens, the $159 investment will be made!