Hello, Red Hatter here! I find this to be interesting, without derailing this thread do you have any links to issues/discussion around this? I haven’t been able to find anything in the brief searches I’ve made so far. Are you perhaps referring to the usage guidelines involving the VST trademark?
(I don’t seem to have the ability to post links, so apologies for the non-clickability):
Personally, I would love to see more audio toolkits adding support for the Linux platform. “Linux” can be a huge and sometimes overwhelming ecosystem, though there are ways of scoping things down. With the advancements made to the platform over the past few years such as Pipewire in the audio stack, it would be great if vendors would be willing to check out what we have to offer.
Coming from the M&E industry myself, Linux support was a pretty big part of life for those in the medium to large VFX/Animation studios (I had the opportunity to work at Pixar and Blue Sky Studios). One of the ways the industry reduced the complexity of Linux support was by standardizing around a specific or limited set of long term support operating systems. In this case RHEL and its clones were the primary choice (a mix of reasons, technical and historical are at play there). Just like how a vendor may only support a specific set of versions of macOS or even Windows 10 builds, the same rules can be applied to the Linux landscape from the vendor, even if the application in question can run elsewhere without issue.
That being said, DAWs are only a piece of the puzzle; hardware manufacturers, plugin authors, etc also need to be on board with providing their tools to the platform. As cool as WINE is, I don’t think anyone really wants to be using it if it can be avoided. Trying to enable an entire industry/ecosystem is a big challenge.
Getting back on track, ultimately this and @MrSoundman’s original thread are about expanding Cubase’s supported platforms to include Linux in some capacity for which I cast an enthusiastic +1! I’ve been getting back into music composition/arrangement and though I like the features Cubase offers, as with most DAWs I’d need to use my Windows 10 dual-boot I keep for some specific workloads since I daily drive Fedora Linux.
If any Steinberg staff are reading this and are interested, I’d be more than happy to try setting up communication channels with our Workstation team here at Red Hat. Pro Audio is a really cool space and I’d love to see us be able to support those use cases as well as we can!