Musix GNU+Linux is one of the few Linux distributions recognized by the Free Software Foundation as not being primarily distributed on distribution sites distributing non-free software and not including any non-free information for practical use.
Musix is developed by a team from Argentina, Spain, Mexico and Brazil. The main language used in development discussion and documentation is Spanish; however, Musix has a community of users in Spanish, Portuguese, and English.
The Musix 0.x and 1.0 Rx versions were released from 2005 to 2008, with Musix 1.0 R6 being the last stable Release on DVD and Musix 1.0 R2R5 the last stable release on CD.
The Live-CD system has more than 1350 software packages and runs directly from the CD/DVD without the need to install anything on the PC. It can be installed on the PC relatively easily if desired in a few minutes, just like Knoppix or Kanotix. The Live-DVD 1.0 R3 test5 has 2279 software packages.
Some of the programs include: Rosegarden and Ardour, both for musicians; Inkscape for vectorial design; GIMP for manipulation of images; Cinelerra for video editing and Blender for 3D animation.
Its desktop is very light (only 18 MB of RAM with X.org), based on IceWM+ROX-Filer and it has a unique feature: multiple "pinboards" ordered by General Purpose apps, Help, Office, Root/Admin, MIDI, Internet, Graphics, and Audio. The pinboards are arrays of desktop backgrounds and icons.
A small version of the KDE desktop is installed by default too on the Live-CD version. The Live-DVD has a full KDE version, supporting several languages.
Musix 2.0 is being developed using the live-helper scripts from the Debian-Live project. The first Alpha version of Musix 2.0 was released on 2009-03-25 including two realtime patched Linux-Libre kernels.
On 2009-05-17 the first Beta version of Musix 2.0 was released.
The final Musix GNU/Linux 2.0 version on CD, DVD and USB will be launched before november 20th 2009 by Daniel Vidal, Suso Comesaña, Carlos Sanchiavedraz, Joseangon and other Musix developers. This version will be presented at the "Palau Firal de Congressos de Tarragona, España" by Suso Comesaña.
Still have one other version knoppix-based developed by a brazilian music teacher called Gilberto Borges. This version is not a fork and it's named "Adriane" or "Musix Brazil", derivated from Knoppix 6.1 Adriane. This version is in RC1 stage.
Marcos Guglielmetti has announced the release of Musix GNU/Linux 2.0, a 100% libre, Debian-based distribution with a collection of software for audio production, graphics design and video editing: "It is a great pleasure for us to announce the availability of version 2.0 of the MUSIX GNU/Linux free operating system, after a year of hard community work. You can get MUSIX 2.0 in two ways: live DVD (plus hard disk installer) and USB (persistent, minimum 4 GB). Major new features: Linux kernel 220.127.116.11 real-time 'full preempt', ready for low-latency audio operations either live or installed to hard disk; custom KDE as default desktop (you can also run GNOME, IceWM, Fluxbox, LXDE); based on Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 'Lenny'; improved installer and start system; persistent USB edition; extensive and updated set of applications...." Read the rest of the release announcement for more details. Download: Musix-2.0.iso (1,962MB, MD5).
• 2009-11-28: Distribution Release: Musix GNU/Linux 2.0
• 2009-05-19: Development Release: Musix GNU/Linux 2.0 Beta 1
• 2009-04-12: Development Release: Musix GNU/Linux 2.0 Alpha 2
• 2009-03-25: Development Release: Musix GNU/Linux 2.0 Alpha 1
• 2008-12-10: Distribution Release: Musix GNU+Linux 1.0R6
• 2008-08-07: Distribution Release: Musix GNU+Linux 1.0R2R5