I've just been following this thread and have remained silent until now,
but the linux kernel from my experience is nowhere near as stable or as
fast as the freebsd kernel. Another cool feature is you can build your
own kernel, stripping out anything unnecessary and including any
optimisations that you think will help.
Well thanks, because this was part of my original question. All I know
is that you can modify GENERIC for a custom kernel and i can remove what hardware i don't need there, and add ext3fs and vesa, and was asking whether there were other settings elsewhere to tweak, but i am begining to think it would involve diving into the actual kernel source code, and other such sinister hacking. I'm using studio64 now and will eventually research a little what it involves, but i had just asked here to find out if there were any similar project or groups
doing that sort of stuff on fbsd.

so at this point all i can ask is, are there other more in depth settings somewhere? or should i forget about it?
i have almost concluded it is the latter.

I think jack is still possible on freebsd too (correct me if I'm wrong),
so all in all I think your latency will not be as much of a problem on
bsd as it was on linux.

jack is available on fsbd, yes. on my earlier post however, i was rushing a reply before going out and was trying to cover too much at once, and don't think i explained myself properly. I was trying to recap on my original question and explain the whole purpose of what i was looking for, since i still am not entirely clear till now. I was also trying to explain some basic areas, thinking maybe it would also reach some _NON_-audio consious, fsbd expert that might have some ideas, shed some light and point in the some direction.

I mean i am not really a latency freak, and not my main concern. It is an unavoidable factor in audio production, something you live with and can manage on way or the other, and i was mentioning it trying to get to the big picture. That is , more or less, that latency is an issue, but you can work with, and what you really want is a computer that is basically always ready for your orders and request, individed and at the drop of a dime - " play this out there. that out that, record this part, write it to disk, mix that,,,, i don't care how, just do it and don't interrupt me".

I'm only just getting into this area myself, but I've been using freebsd
for a while now and I'm extremely happy with it (bar some driver issues,
particularly in multimedia- tv cards, etc- which may be rectified
natively very soon, or using the linux support in the kernel). The
multimedia list will be very helpful to you I'd say, and swapping notes
is always good.

Good luck.

I am very new outside windows and been on holidays spending alot of time 
getting familiar with freebsd as an OS, not audio,
but it is an issue eventually. I wanted to know if it worth investing my time 
in it with those future plans in sight, or if i should make
like a band aid and settle on ubuntu studio64 now.

Like you mentioned, i was very happy with it as an os, but i had some basic 
performance issues and couldn't make out why. I am pretty sure it was due to
my setup and lack of knowledge, basic settings/configs somewhere, but wanted to know if fbsd could be further optimized with those issues solved.

dunno, this is ubuntu studio64 now and i have come to like it very mucch. it is 
well build; but think i would switch to fbsd at the drop of a hat given the 
choice.
I respect the fact that most pro/long time users of fbsd would be 
network/server oriented, and you can't match fbsd there, but i also think the 
bigger the community, the more likely new faces, new groups, new projects.

p.s.
i haven't used jack much yet, but have known about it for a while, and going on 
specs and capabilities, it should be the better system. It is like windows ASIO 
and Rewire into one package. From what i heard it can route any signal between 
any running audio program, even if they are not normally aware of eachother, or 
build with that capability.


good luck to you too,
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