[linux-audio-user] Real-time kernel

Ivica Ico Bukvic ico at vt.edu
Fri Dec 15 01:29:00 EST 2006

Your point is IMHO solid. For all the distros I've tried, they all required
some level of tinkering to get them where I liked them. Granted, I am a bit
partial towards polished desktop experience, but even so, a majority of my
work goes towards cleaning-up my audio apps as often prebuilt packages are
incomplete (CCRMA being a glaring exception to this).

All this, however, is a byproduct of the fact that Linux is meant to run on
everything from a washing machine to a supercomputer. Audio being a very
specialized area begs for total integration of OS with specific hardware. In
other words, we could definitely benefit from a vendor which specializes in
professional low-latency hw/sw combo sales if we are to expect the level of
polish expected from a modern OS. However, given the size of pro audio
market coupled with Linux market, anyone venturing in this is going to have
a heck of a time turning profit... 

Until such time comes, IMHO we're bound to continue tinkering, which is
something you may or may not find acceptable given the long-term benefits
Linux offers.

Best wishes,


> -----Original Message-----
> From: linux-audio-user-bounces at music.columbia.edu [mailto:linux-audio-
> user-bounces at music.columbia.edu] On Behalf Of Chuckk Hubbard
> Sent: Friday, December 15, 2006 12:27 AM
> To: A list for linux audio users
> Subject: Re: [linux-audio-user] Real-time kernel
> On 12/1/06, Bill Allen <lau at ballen.fastmail.fm> wrote:
> >
> > At the risk of repeating myself, in the time that I've been just reading
> > this thread (not to mention the time that you've been putting into
> > trying the stuff mentioned) I could have downloaded 64Studio, set aside
> > a 5-10 GB partition, installed it, and had a working system with all the
> > real-time patched AMD64 music-enabled system that you can get. Yes,
> > you've got to dual boot, I do it all the time. Ubuntu is my family
> > system that we use for work and play, but when I want to do music I boot
> > into 64Studio. It's simply a lot easier than trying to make a general
> > purpose distro into a music enabled one.
> I don't understand why everyone who tells me about some new Linux
> thing has apparently had a breeze of a time with it, and yet when I
> try it it never works.  I just downloaded and installed 64studio (I
> didn't boot Linux for the remainder of my semester, like I promised
> myself), and I find that jackd crashes out of the box (i.e. set to
> 46.4 ms latency).  It kind of feels like I have another Debian install
> just like the previous one, only it doesn't detect the ethernet so I
> can't search for help on the same machine.
> After a few weeks using Windows, I'm not even sure why I was so intent
> on Linux.  I think for a few weeks I was actually enjoying the
> struggle.  I'm not now; is this going to be less of one?
> -Chuckk

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