Ubuntu Studio 8.10, -rt and 2.6.27

Emmet Hikory persia at ubuntu.com
Tue Sep 2 06:26:13 BST 2008

Eric Hedekar wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 1, 2008 at 12:56 PM, Cory K. wrote:
>> <snip>
>> Make no mistake. This is a major issue that *could* make us skip a
>> release. In the end, it might be the way to go rather than ship a
>> release we're not proud of.
> My first reaction to reading this conversation is that releasing software
> packages with major functionality issues (no realtime audio support is a
> major functionality issue for a large portion of your userbase) is a big no
> no.
> I'd say for now, plan to not release, but get your workload schedules
> perfect for Jazzy Jackalope (9.04) - and make it worth the wait.
> Also, look into working on an intrepid-like metapackage update for hardy
> (call it ubuntustudio-8.04.2).  I don't know how feasable this strategy
> might be, but it's what popped into my head.

    I'm not sure it's best to skip a release just because it has a
regression for some subset of users.  If those users are happy using
the current release, they need not upgrade, but those users (yes,
perhaps a minority) for whom this feature is less important (e.g.
graphic artists) may prefer to have an updated release.

    Additionally, while there is a certain expectation of releasing
8.04.2, including many bugfixes and security updates to 8.04.1, such a
release will contain only these fixes, and not include newer
applications, etc.  The creation of an "intrepid-like" metapackage
within 8.04 is infeasible, as any 8.04.x release is inherently bound
to the same repositories as used for other Ubuntu flavours.

    That said, as a user of audio applications, it is my hope that a
solution can be found that will allow the released 8.10 to meet my
needs.  While I do require the audio system to work reliably, and at
relatively low and predictable latency, I have not performed
sufficient testing to know if realtime is required for my specific
workload: it may be that other schedulers are sufficient.


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