Jack Winter writes: Lowlatency or realtime has nothing to do with the version number of the kernel. 4.14.x can be built in several different "flavours". If the output of "uname -v" contains PREEMPT then it's a so called lowlatency kernel, and if it contains PREEMPT RT then it's a realtime kernel.
Thanks very much Jack! This is really helpful. But let me check if I understand this correctly.
When I switch to Fedora, come January, I need Fedora to recognise my Zoom R16, in audio interface mode, as audio interface proper for recording purposes. The Fedora kernel that probably does, according to a poster in this thread, is 4.14. So, if we substitute "uname-v" with 4.14, and the output of 4.14 is indeed PREEMPT, then it's a so called lowlatency kernel. And if the output of 4.14 contains PREEMPT RT, then it's a realtime kernel.
Please do correct me if my assumption is wrong. But if I happen to be right, can anybody tell me then if 4.14 is of the PREEMPT or of the PREEMPT RT variety?
Jack Winter writes: Your stability problem rather sounds like a hardware problem on that laptop, or possibly there is some serious bug with a hardware driver.
Yes, I agree. When listening to radio online, for example. the laptop must be absolutely stationary on a smooth surface. So listening to radio online AND writing an email at the same time, for instance, is not feasible, since online connection will be gone or the screen will freeze dead sooner rather than later, under the circumstances. But if I'm indeed dealing with some serious bug, how do I identify it, in order to take it out of circulation? Can anything be done through CLI?
Luc writes: I know nothing about MuseScore, but Audacity is what I'd call a sound editor, something good for quick'n'dirty editing of single files.
I'm a big Audacity fan myself. LMMS and Ardour not my cup of tea, really. Never truly got the hang of those, to be honest. But then I discovered Audacity: its multitrack facilities very much appreciated. And I veritably love its editorial power!
Unfortunately, though, Audacity is a pain in the backside, at the moment. My biggest frustration Audacity's audio input slider consistently refusing to budge, since upgrading to v 2.1.2. Audacity Forum says this is not an Audacity problem, but a Linux problem. And the Audacity Wiki pages are suggesting that the audio input slider will now only respond to "proper" USB input devices. Audacity also going starkly "Windows" then, apparently.
I haven't attempted the old "analogue" way yet, but Audacity is presently utterly useless, anyway, for recording purposes, with anything USB hooked to it. So for a small seasonal project I turned to my Zoom R16, and worked on that for most of last week. Yet this, too, had to be forcibly abandoned, due to insurmountable system error. Almost all studio equipment I own now conspiring against me, it seems.