Can I use FreeBSD as a desktop system?

Valeri Galtsev galtsev at
Wed Jul 19 14:34:49 UTC 2017

On Wed, July 19, 2017 5:03 am, Ralf Mardorf via freebsd-questions wrote:
> 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.

And thanks to that we, sysadmins, have our jobs ;-)


Valeri Galtsev
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Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
University of Chicago
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