AV Linux

AV Linux
Avlinux logo.png
Developer Glen MacArthur
Written in {{#property:p277}}
OS family UNIX
Working state Current
Source model OpenSource
Initial release 14.06.2011
Latest release AV Linux 2016.8.30 / 27.09.2016
Marketing target Multimedia content creation
Package manager dpkg
Platforms i386, x86-64
Kernel type Monolithic Linux kernel
Default user interface xfce
License different
Official website www.bandshed.net/avlinux/

AV Linux is a Linux-based operating system aimed for multimedia content creators. Available for the i386 and x86-64 architectures with a kernel customised for maximum performance and low-latency audio production, it has been recommended as a supported Linux platform for Harrison Mixbus.


AV Linux Desktop

The system is built on top of Debian, and was originally made with remastersys.

Versions prior to, and including, version 6 were 32-bit only, running a 32-bit Linux kernel with the IRQ threading and rtirq-init patches activated by default. For computers with more than 4 GB of RAM there was a PAE version available.

From AV Linux 2016 onwards, there are both 32-bit and 64-bit versions available.

Window management as of version 6.0.2 is handled by the Xfce. Previous versions used the LXDE Desktop Environment.

It is possible to boot AV Linux from either a live CD or a hard drive. Audio playback and routing is handled by JACK Audio Connection Kit (for advanced audio operation) or Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (for basic audio operation). Most any audio interface compatible with FFADO is usable out of the box.

Differences between the 32bit and 64bit ISOs

  • The 32bit version includes an extra build of Ardour4 that supports Windows VST Audio Plugins.
  • The 32bit version has a pinned custom build of Wine to better support ArdourVST4.
  • The 32bit version has the XFCE4 Panel postioned at the top and 64bit has it at the bottom.
  • The 64bit version is 'multiarch' and may have some extra required 32bit packages included.
  • The 64bit version has Systemback support for UEFI Boot, 32bit does not.


Preinstalled software in AV Linux

AV Linux is bundled with software for both everyday use and media production.

As of AV Linux 2016, AV Linux gets its software packages from the KXStudio repositories, which are compatible with Debian, and therefore AV Linux. This reduces duplication of effort and allows the effort focus to be on a solid base distribution suitable for audio production.

For this reason, AV Linux 2016 development has focused more on the base distribution than bundling it with large amounts of software, as it did with previous versions. Instead, the 2016 edition leaves it up to the users to decide what they want to install from the large repository of software available via KXStudio.


Preinstalled audio software includes: Ardour, Audacity, Calf Studio Gear, Carla, Guitarix, Hydrogen and MuseScore.


Preinstalled graphics programs include: GIMP, Inkscape and Shotwell.


Preinstalled software for video editing, playback, capture and 3D animation include: Blender, Cinelerra, Kdenlive and Openshot.

Everyday use

For typical day-to-day activities there are several programs available including Firefox and LibreOffice.


AV Linux has an active forum.[1]



The maintainer of AV Linux, Glen MacArthur, also provides a thorough manual to complement AV Linux. This manual provides users with "84 illustrated pages of FAQ’s and important Operational details".


Cite error: Invalid <references> tag; parameter "group" is allowed only.

Use <references />, or <references group="..." />

External links

  • "AVLinux Forum". Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  • Read in another language