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|Source model||Open source|
|Latest release||AV Linux 2018.6.25 / June 25, 2018|
|Marketing target||Multimedia content creation|
|Update method||Advanced Packaging Tool|
|Kernel type||Monolithic (Linux), patched for real-time use|
AV Linux is a Linux-based operating system aimed for multimedia content creators. Available for the i386 and x86-64 architectures with a kernel customised for maximum performance and low-latency audio production, it has been recommended as a supported Linux platform for Harrison Mixbus.
Versions prior to, and including, version 6 were 32-bit only, running a 32-bit Linux kernel with the IRQ threading and rtirq-init patches activated by default. For computers with more than 4 GB of RAM there was a PAE version available.
From AV Linux 2016 onwards, there are both 32-bit and 64-bit versions available.
It is possible to boot AV Linux from either a live CD or a hard drive. Audio playback and routing is handled by JACK (for advanced audio operation) or ALSA (for basic audio operation). Most any audio interface compatible with FFADO is usable out of the box.
AV Linux is bundled with software for both everyday use and media production.
As of AV Linux 2016, AV Linux gets its software packages from the KXStudio repositories, which are compatible with Debian, and therefore AV Linux. This reduces duplication of effort and allows the effort focus to be on a solid base distribution suitable for audio production.
For this reason, AV Linux 2016 development has focused more on the base distribution than bundling it with large amounts of software, as it did with previous versions. Instead, the 2016 edition leaves it up to the users to decide what they want to install from the large repository of software available via KXStudio.
AV Linux has an active forum.
The maintainer of AV Linux, Glen MacArthur, also provides a thorough manual  to complement AV Linux. This manual provides users with "84 illustrated pages of FAQ’s and important Operational details".
LinuxInsider: "The modified (Xfce) menus add a big element of ease to finding your most frequently used apps. The menu hierarchy uses a two-tiered design. this drastically cuts down on the need to rummage through long cascading menu lists"
LinuxJournal: "AV Linux Control Panel... provides easy access to tools and utilities for system management, administration, and customization. Its amenities include an installer for ATI/nVidia binary video drivers and a very useful tool that scans and analyzes your system for its readiness for realtime performance."
Softpedia Linux: "As mentioned before, the distribution provides users with a large collection of video and audio production software, ranging from simple audio and video players to sophisticated video editors and CD rippers. Additionally, it comes with a patched Linux kernel package that allows for low-latency audio performance. The Live DVD can be used as-is or installed on a local disk drive."
Also review was written by InfoWorld.
- AV Linux 2018.6.25 ISO Update with UEFI Fixes Released! – bandshed.net
- "Harrison Consoles: Mixbus". Retrieved 11 May 2016.
- "KXStudio : Repositories". Retrieved 11 May 2016.
- "AVLinux Forum". Retrieved 11 May 2016.
- "Friday Interview #6: Glen MacArthur". Retrieved 11 May 2016.
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