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Old 06-18-2008, 04:31 PM   #1
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debian with rt kernel and nvidia

Hi all,

I have been using Ubuntu for a while for audio production work, and while I like its ease of use, there are some fundamental problems that are hindering my system. So, I am thinking about switching to Debian and building up the packages I need.

I have already tried 64 studio, and while the problems I was experiencing in Ubuntu are overcome in this distribution, it suffers from old, yet important, packages.

So I was wondering how difficult it would be to install Debian etch and just use the packages I need that give me a realtime kernel with nvidia opengl support. This has been the biggest problem in finding a good operating system for me, but if it works in Ubuntu and 64 studio, I would think I could find a pre-compiled package that will work with Debian Etch as well.

I will then compile my own ALSA/jack drivers and whatever else I need (but I really don't want to start configuring my own realtime kernel yet).

Just looking for a little advice before I dive in.

Old 06-19-2008, 03:28 AM   #2
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For nvidia drivers, go and select the best for you. You'll download an autoinstallable binary that will bring you the best nvidia driver installation. I's trying to do it with debian packages, but this is much better and easier.

And, sure, you don't need to install etch. You can install Lenny (testing) if your computer's not a server. On Lenny you'll find out more and more actual apps.

See you!!

Old 06-19-2008, 05:05 AM   #3
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Are you sure a Real-Time OS is what you need? All code that needs to take advantage of RT needs special code to call - otherwise it has all the same scheduling priority as other tasks.
Old 06-19-2008, 04:30 PM   #4
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Thanks for the recommendation about the Nvidia drivers. I will give it a try. On Ubuntu, this route only worked sometimes, but maybe this is for reasons related to Ubuntu.

Based on your suggetion, I will give Lenny a try instead. Looking at its packages, it is much more up to speed, and is fairly stable?


Yes, I am sure I need real-time scheduling. I use Jack/Ardour/Pd to create and record music. Without real-time scheduling, this is nearly impossible in Ubuntu, as there are constant xruns and midi speeds up/slows down. With real-time scheduling, it is magnificent, better performance than I have experienced on any other platform.

But, I also need 3d graphics acceleration, as I am am developing an OpenGL audio interface. Ubuntu had this, but unfortunately some of my hardware (my elantech trackpad, among other things) is mis-detected and flips out. This has not been occuring with 64 studio, so I assume it will be ok in Debian as well.



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