Is Linux Lowlatency means Realtime kernel?

Ben Edwards funkytwig at
Thu Jan 18 09:26:36 UTC 2007

Low Latency means close to realtime.  No Latency would be realtime,
bit is not possible.  In digital music production (recording, stereo
mastering etc) low latency is very important.  For normal desktop
usage it is not, in fact it may be a bad idea as it reduces multi user
performance.  This is because it is designed to do one low latency
thing at once.


On 18/01/07, Joel Bryan Juliano <joelbryan.juliano at> wrote:
> In Feisty, there is a version of kernel that is called lowlatency. What is
> the advantages of using this kernel over the -386, and -generic versions?
> Will the Desktop users benefit from the lowlatency kernels? And lastly, does
> lowlatency mean realtime in some sense?
> Joel
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