realtime kernel for Debian

Grammostola Rosea rosea.grammostola at
Wed Mar 25 11:37:37 UTC 2009

Andreas Tille wrote:
> On Tue, 24 Mar 2009, nescivi wrote:
>> Given that there are several audio oriented distributions based on 
>> Debian
>> (e.g. 64studio and pure:dyne) that would benefit from this, and I am 
>> sure
>> their teams may be interested in helping to support it too.
> IMHO it makes perfectly sense to try to join forces with these Debian
> based distributions and try to comaintain a -rt kernel package together
> with these guys to ensure a solit maintenance inside Debian.
>> A lot of linux audio users build their own patched kernels, because 
>> they can't
>> get it from the distribution;
> So why don't these people try to go the right way (tm) and work on an
> official -rt kernel package?
>> and not all of them enjoy doing it. (I've kept
>> postponing it, but if I don't find one in a distro soon, I'll 
>> probably have
>> to... the current Ubuntu rt kernel seems to have some other issues I
>> believe... at least on 64bit...)
> One reason more to finally solve the problem in the source distribution
> to make sure that all derivers will profit from it.
A little sidestep:

Also for a realtime kernel for music production it's important to have 
the right drivers in it, to support firewire devices for example. I read 
this on the Debian multimedia mailinglist:

> We're aiming to have this package in 64 Studio 3.0, we also need to 
> change our 2.6.29-rc4 kernel to support the old firewire stack though.
> >> Why only in 64studio and not in plain Debian?
> What's good for Debian is good for us :-) but the Debian project may 
> not want to tweak the kernel or the FireWire stack just for the 
> benefit of FFADO users. In the 64 Studio project we have more 
> flexibility to do things like that.
> Some background info here:
What is true about this? Shouldn't plain Debian also support those Pro 
audio Firewire devices, the ones the FFADO team are making drivers for?



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