LinuxDevices.com has published the proceedings from the Sixth Real-Time Linux Workshop held in Asia for the first time, this week, at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. The papers span a broad range of topics ranging from fundamental real-time technologies, to applications, to hardware, to tools. As usual, the conference was organized by the Real-Time Linux Foundation.
Although GNU/Linux might not be intended to be a A/V-workstation OS, it seems now that it’ll be able to do a very good job as such in (short) time. For audiorecording, and I believe DV video-dumping from tape, realtime scheduling is absolutely very important. For audio jackit running on a RT-enabled kernel is nothing but a dream for soundproducers, and this should be an important focus-point for Linux, as this would be very useful also in a professional enterprise-level as well as independant audioproduction. As for servers A/V requires handling of enourmos amounts of data, and stability is maybe even more important than on a server during recording.
I think the core-developers should be more focused on exactly A/V, they just don’t seem so interested and it doesn’t seem it’s being mentioned much in the discussion about RT in the kernel.