[linux-audio-user] Real-time kernel

Chuckk Hubbard badmuthahubbard at gmail.com
Mon Dec 18 20:27:11 EST 2006

On 12/15/06, Johannes Mario Ringheim <jri at broadpark.no> wrote:
> Ivica Ico Bukvic wrote:
> > 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.
> Remember that Windows also requires considerable tinkering and tweaking
> to become a feasible audio workstation. Several people I know of have
> more troubles with their Windows DAWs then I have with my CCRMA
> installations. In fact I was pretty amazed with CCRMA, I set up two
> different audio boxes in less than an hour each, complete with RT
> patches and latest version of ardour and many other apps.

I find this incredibly hard to believe.  Windows works for me with no
snags, for the most part, and I've spent countless hours wrestling
with several Linux distros trying to get even halfway acceptable
latency, to no avail.  Recompiling kernels, applying patches,
re-prioritizing processes, etc.  Windows has been phenomenally easier
in that department, in my experience.  I hope to solve this Linux
business once and for all over break so that I can meet some deadlines
using it next semester and finally start telling everyone how
wonderful it is and how foolish they were for laughing at me throwing
away endless hours on it.

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