Sometimes, good is just not good enough.
In terms of linux, this would mean the kernel.
I was trying to solve a hardware problem, and one of the many attempts was to upgrade my kernel from 3.2 (standard for Ubuntu 12.0) to 3.4. It didn’t solve my problem, because nobody had fixed the bug yet, even in 3.6. But I liked my self-compiled 3.4 realtime kernel so much I decided to keep it.
A little background, if you are going to do serious music making under linux, a realtime kernel is the way to go. It lets you do things live, that are otherwise only possible pre-recorded. Live linux music works especially well if you are using the amazing SuperCollider realtime music programming language. I have been using Alessio Bogani’s kernel PPA, which worked a charm. For my hardware tinkering I rolled my own as well, which was surprisingly easy thanks to the instructions by pablomme on AskUbuntu. But to make it even easier, if you like, I have made available AMD64 deb packages.
Kernel 2.4.29 AMD-64 for Ubuntu 12.04 linux-image-3.4.29-rt41_0_amd64
Headers 2.4.29 AMD-64 for Ubuntu 12.04 linux-headers-3.4.29-rt41_0_amd64
Wally in the comments kindly pointed out Alessio’s PPA is no longer available for Precise. Just checked my apt/cache folder and it has the kernel, but no headers. Sorry!