I have some alternatives available now so, the time has come. Powering down now. Let see if it stays off!
I have taken an old Dell Inspiron and installed Linux Mint 15 on it! So far, the only issue has been with the Broadcom wireless interface. This was fairly easy to fix; actually very easy to fix once I knew what to do: simply install firmware-b43-installer (with the software manager) and re-boot!
Rendering MIDI to audio is actually pretty easy using TiMidity++. Here’s how I render using the chorium soundfont on my Ubuntu machine: Download a nice soundfont collection. I found chorium by openwrld on the Piston Software website. Install TiMidity++ if it’s not already installed. In ubuntu, just type “timidity” in a terminal window and you
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