realtime kernel for Debian

Cassiel raffaele.morelli at
Sat Mar 28 13:15:38 UTC 2009

2009/3/28 Grammostola Rosea <rosea.grammostola at>

> I asked an guy who did some work on the RT kernel for Ubuntu. This is what
> he said:
>  1) Ubuntu RT kernel don't offer the same guarantees that offer one of
>> the Debian kernels. For example DOS vulnerabilities are accepted into
>> Ubuntu RT Kernel (because it live in universe) when in Debian aren't
>> accepted at all.
>> 2) Kernel packages between Debian and Ubuntu are very different.
>> Different version, different build infrastructure, different approach
>> in accepting external sources. These packages are one of few packages
>> that Ubuntu don't inherit from Debian.
>> 3) Lenny is just released. I suppose that the next Debian release will
>> probably be in two years. In meanwhile it is probably that almost rt
>> bits will be merged and available in vanilla kernel (when it happen
>> the rt kernel could became one of all kernel flavours that Debian
>> offers).
debian stable aims to production servers, IMO multimedia users can/should
live with testing without any fear of system crashes and security updates.

having RT kernel in testing could lead to a significant improvement for
multimedia tasks under debian when squeeze will be released (in 18 months I

waiting for the RT bits to be merged into the kernel mainline sounds like a
slow down..

>> In other words a lot of effort is required for satisfy high quality
>> requested by Debian policy.
> Comments on this?
> \r

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