Can I use FreeBSD as a desktop system?

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at
Wed Jul 19 10:06:28 UTC 2017

On Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:28:54 +0100, Steve O'Hara-Smith wrote:
>or because the underlying sound system is not good enough

I guess that is one reason, even on Linux MIDI jitter is an issue, but
there are at least some improvements, when using jackd with special ALSA
options. Apart from this I suspect FreeBSD can't compare to the Linux
real-time patch and that more pro-sumer, let alone pro-audio cards are
supported by Linux.

However, professional audio, even hobby audio, is a nice and the OP
probably just wants to know, if FreeBSD is for servers only, or also a
reasonable OS for desktop usage, in the sense of e.g. office work. IOW
we shouldn't capture this thread for a discussion about pro-audio.

I only wanted to point out that _no_ OS is superb in all domains.

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