I want to ditch Windows for one of my PC's because Windows can't handle my music without stuttering due to latencies. How well can Ubuntu handle real time audio? I need low latency.

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    Can't handle your music as in for production? Or just playing back MP3s?
    – dobey
    Apr 28, 2014 at 0:19
  • you may want to consider Ubuntu Studio for serious music production.
    – Takkat
    Apr 28, 2014 at 8:27

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You can install the low latency kernel package with the Software Center, or using APT:

sudo apt-get install linux-image-lowlatency

If using the low latency kernel doesn't work for you, you have a different issue.

If you want to make it permanent, see How do I pin the lowlatency kernels so apt doesn't update with a newer generic kernel?

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