Modern needs of Real-Time linux kernel in fedora workstation flavor

What ( question for the project involved the manager and developer of Fedora and RedHat) of adding a new workstation flavor to download on the main Fedora download page?
Fedora Workstation Real-Time (kernel). The main reason is that industry-ready computers are old ( mainly using Windows XP and real-time industry mode) Modern computers by many hardware experts, are considered not stable enough. The way to fill the gap and be the solution is to use real-time kernels - like Linux but real-time Linux kernels do not test enough - quote:

here is one more to consider: the real-time kernel is used by fewer people than the standard kernel, so it is less well-tested.


The solution will be a real-time kernel served from an official flavor image - Fedora Workstation Real-Time (Kernel)

You can try the Jam spin, it uses the rt-kernel.

here is also an older Magazine article that shows how to install the kernel Configure Fedora to practice and compose music - Fedora Magazine.

I think Fedora is moving way too fast for being a stable, industrial application platform. What you want there is stability and longevity. So, you’d rather choose an LTS distro (like Ubuntu LTS, RHEL, …). That’s not what Fedora provides or is made for…


Real-time kernels are used in areas that require predictable timing and low latency, like telecommunications or manufacturing automation.

They are not a general solution or performance boost for old hardware. The hardware and kernel must be carefully chosen and fine-tuned for specific uses.

Industry users with RT requirements will definitely not be considering Fedora Workstation, a desktop OS with 6-month release cycle and no commercial support.

As for desktop users, most do not need RT kernels, even those that tell you they do. It is basically snake oil, fuelled by hobbyist musicians following outdated (>10 years old) advice, and other “performance-minded” users like gamers.

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Modern computers are every bit as stable, and in most cases more so, than older systems. Yes, some are designed specifically for stability and use with specific kernels, but the great majority are more stable than is ever needed by the great majority of users.

Adding Fedora’s official distro flavor with Default RT kernels with regular updates can make a huge impact for bring a closer, stable RT environment to the industry, and gathering the RT community around the project. This can make it closer, after making a stable process of delivering that distro with Cyckle for the RT kernel, to adapt the whole process by Red Hat Linux.