Arthur Science (aka Adam) here. Somehow, I didn't know this topic was up until today or I would have been involved in the dialogue. The reason why the audio production workstation has not yet been set up is because I've been trying to negotiate an allocation of the classroom space for this project (just what you are suggesting smittex). At first I was trying to be cautious and make an informed decision about where and how to set this up so that I wouldn't be stepping on any toes (or otherwise disrupting the order of things); however, since this approach has been inadequate for making progress on this project I'm going to adopt the "DO-ocracy" philosophy by making the following statement:Saturday October 1st (before noon?) I am going to start setting up the Audio Production Workstation in the corner of the classroom where the live audio gear and windows are, occupying a rectangular area defined by the two tables in that corner. If anything is in the way of this setup at this time I will safely move it to another area of the classroom and make reasonable attempts to notify the owner. If I do not receive any objections via e-mail at email@example.com then I will assume that everyone is happy with this plan.
As I recall I installed 32-bit CentOS for this very reason (ChucK compatibility)
Many of the software programs you listed are already on those systems, anything that isn't can be added no problem.
I like the idea of rolling this in with the podcast stuff, it makes sense, especially if Jude builds an isolation booth. I'd also be interested in hearing more about how this partitioned-by-purpose boot server would work.