What is the best Ubuntu/Musescore combination

• Apr 21, 2023 - 19:24

I have been transcribing horn parts by ear for some new songs my band wants to add to the set list. After penciling them out on staff paper, I thought, “Oh, crap, I can’t even read this in pencil myself. How is another horn player going to use this?”
I remember using Musescore many years ago, so I headed that direction. I don’t have any kind of PC right now, but my wife had an old tower PC running Windows XP. She couldn’t remember her password, so last month I pried the hard disk out of it, took it to my old office where I worked before retiring. The IT guy there needed my advice on a few things that I knew, and he found an old PC there that we plugged my wife’s hard disk into and copied her photos and data over to a USB drive.
I didn’t recycle her old XP because I had in mind how I would use it. I got it out of the closet, and put the hard disk back in. I had an old version of Ubuntu Linux on an install CD, so I put it in the CD tray and booted the old PC up. Ubuntu installed in a few minutes, then I got the machine on line, and Ubuntu got upgraded to the newest version. I searched Ubuntu software and found the free Musescore 3.6.2 software, and it installed easily. All free software and OS. I thought I was good.

’ve been working on this for a while. My first install was from a Ubuntu 20.04 CD and Musescore 3.6.2 was offered in the Ubuntu app store. Everything installed and was running fine. I set up Dropbox, Thunderbird, email, there is a music player that I set up to play my favorite radio stations, there is a Office suite. It found my air printer and I printed out a bunch of scores. Then Ubuntu offered some upgrades to Ubuntu 20.04 and Musescore stopped working. I tried the upgrades to Ubuntu 22.04, the current version, but Musescore 3.6.2 wouldn’t run. I learned about AppImage files, and tried an AppImage of Musescore 4 on Ubuntu 22.04, but it didn’t run right, along with other stuff that didn’t work. Maybe that old PC is too old for Ubuntu 22.04. I learned how to make bootable USB drives to install Ubuntu 22.04 and 20.04, and tried some installs that avoided the upgrade steps. But I found the best combination was back to where I started, Ubuntu 20.04 and Musescore 3.6.2, even though Musescore is running with an (unstable) flag in the top banner.
Fortunately, all my Musescore work was backed up to Dropbox.


I'm using ubuntu 22.04 and running two AppImages:

OS: Ubuntu 22.04.2 LTS, Arch.: x86_64, MuseScore version (64-bit): 4.0.2-230651545, revision: dbe7c6d

OS: Ubuntu 22.04.2 LTS, Arch.: x86_64, MuseScore version (64-bit):, revision: 3224f34

4.x does have issues but it's working and I haven't had any corrupted files. My PC was off eBay and likely a fairly high-end games machine 2 years ago but now just a £200 second-hand PC.

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