Programs such as Ardour are compatible with most if not all distros released since 2008. It appears to me that AVLinux comes
bundled with several audio-video introductory/ sample versions of programs. You would need to purchase to take full advantage of
those programs bundled with AVLinux. So, why not just get a more mature version of a Linux distro....?
Ardour says this.....Although more or less any Linux Intel/AMD system will run Ardour, the incredible variety of hardware used to build systems running Linux means that your own computer may not be able to run Ardour with the sort of performance you (and we) would like.
It is extremely difficult to provide specific guidance about this. It is worth noting that the same problems tend to affect Windows users too. Contrast this with Apple Mac computers, which are built to precise specifications by a single company that actually cares about audio software.
We have a slowly growing page in the manual about some of the hardware issues that can affect Ardour users (and ways to deal with them). You can also find much more information online.
If there is a specific program you want to use, check with their home page for specifics on hardware requirements or if they are restricted to one specific Linux distro.
From their EULA....you will need to go here 603-EULI.pdf to read all of it.
The AV Linux ISO Image is a unique and independent 'presentation media' which bundles software content
covered by various licenses. The AV Linux ISO Image is offered free of financial cost and is not a commercial
product itself. AV Linux is provided as a customized self-contained ISO Image derived from the Debian/GNU
Linux Stable 6.0.X (Squeeze) Distribution with some unique performance enhancements, custom packaging
and ease-of-use modifications. Any content within the AV Linux ISO Image derived from Debian/GNU Linux
inherits the same GNU GPL (General Public License(s) in their various original iterations) used by Debian/GNU
Linux. Any unique software applications, content, system tweaks, enhancements or modifications provided by
the developer(s) of the AV Linux ISO Image (ie AV Linux Control Panel, JALV Launcher etc.) are also licensed
under the GPL.
In addition to GPL content the AV Linux ISO Image contains bundled 'non-free' commercial software demo
packages each covered by their own individual 'All Rights Reserved' non-free licenses and each provided with
their respective developers permissions for use within the AV Linux ISO Image for demonstration purposes.
As-provided the AV Linux ISO Image cannot be re-distributed unless these distinct non-free commercial
software demos are removed using the included 'Synaptic Package Manager' software package management
utility with the exception of the Harrison Mixbus bundle.
The pertinent non-free software Debian packages are named in the Synaptic Package Manager as follows:
linuxdsp-lv2-demos, linuxdsp-linuxvst-demos, linuxdsp-guitarfx-lv2-demos, linuxdsp-dyn500, linuxdsp-
eq500, linuxdsp-gt500, linuxdsp-dsr-500, linuxdsp-fc70, linuxdsp-af210, loomer-linuxvst-demos,