“After being in beta for almost a year, Lightworks, a professional video editing and mastering software, has reached version 11.5 stable, this being the first Lightworks release for” GNU/Linux.
That’s the good news, a professional video editor now works for some. The bad news:
- It won’t install in Debian Wheezy, which I use on my production system.
- It will install in Debian Jessie in my virtual machine where I test things, but it won’t run because it wants to know the hardware better for licensing.
Sigh. That just doesn’t sound like a FLOSS project to me. If I had a spare machine laying around I could probably test it but I certainly won’t change the OS on a production system to give it a try. Ubuntu and Debian Jessie are beta systems. Why would I try to test supposedly a good release on a beta system?
This seems to be a fundamental error by the folks who bring us Lightworks. Because they use the latest release of Ubuntu GNU/Linux, they insist that users of their application do as well. I resent that. Some of us want reliable software stacks from top to bottom. Debian Jessie and Ubuntu do work but they still have a lot of bugs. I don’t want a lot of bugs in a production system. Is that too much to ask? I suppose folks who only do video-editing might be OK with that but my system runs 200 processes. I need them all to work. They do with Debian Wheezy.