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Date:      Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:05:07 +0300
From:      Heikki Lindholm <>
Subject:   Re: Can I use FreeBSD as a desktop system?
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In-Reply-To: <20170719115518.37ee2b89@archlinux.localdomain>
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On 19.07.2017 12:55, Ralf Mardorf via freebsd-questions wrote:
> On Wed, 19 Jul 2017 01:55:22 -0700, Jack L. wrote:
>> On Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 12:41 AM, Ralf Mardorf via freebsd-questions
>> <> wrote:
>>> On Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:17:49 -0700, Jack L. wrote:
>>>> I've been using FreeBSD as a desktop for over a decade, works great
>>> As already pointed out, it depends on the domain. A WM or a WM + DE
>>> and a MUA and browser works great. Professional real-time audio
>>> doesn't work at all. There are for sure many domains were it does a
>>> good job, but there are also for sure some domains were it can't be
>>> used. IOW the OP needs to mention what the desktop PC should be used
>>> for.
>> Hey, I use it for pro real-time audio. My 2005 era laptop is FreeBSD
>> and it works great for pre-recorded radio shows or live streaming! ;)
> Hi,
> ok, the requirements for radio are not very high.
> Could it be used in a reasonable way for orchestra recordings with
> Ardour or a comparable DAW and lots of inputs and a professional
> audio card or to get close to sample accuracy when recording one
> external MIDI instrument after the other?
> I've got an RME card, that indeed works with FreeBSD. So at least
> one card that is better than a pro-sumer card works with FreeBSD. OTOH
> I seriously doubt that there were that many improvements that FreeBSD
> has got the ability to work for _all kinds_ of professional audio usage.
> I might be not up-to-date, OTOH after reading the latest posts to
> and the fact that ALSA seemingly isn't
> available, I've got valid doubts that anything changed within the last
> years. So at least recording external MIDI gear might suffer from way
> too much jitter.
> However, I've got holidays and time to follow hints, how to set up a
> pro-audio FreeBSD machine.

What would the point when Linux has better real-time behaviour 
(RT_PREEMPT), better device support, better audio API for the purpose, 
Firewire audio device support (if needed), better filesystem (XFS), 
better application support, etc? Unless you want to help in fbsd audio 
development, I don't think it makes much sense, or does it?

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