General package details
AUR and in the User pre-compiled packages that allows users to run a kernel and headers setup patched with Con Kolivas' ck patchset, including a CPU scheduler named MuQSS (Multiple Queue Skiplist Scheduler, pronounced mux) which replaces Brain Fuck Scheduler (BFS), his previous work. Many Arch Linux users choose this kernel for its excellent desktop interactivity and responsiveness under any load situation.AUR is a package available both in
CK patchset is designed for desktop/laptop use but not for servers. It provides low latency environment and works well for 16 CPUs or fewer. To be able to boot into kernels, the boot loader has to be configured appropriately.
Linux-ck roughly follows the release cycle of the official Arch kernel but not only. The following are requirements for a new package release:
- CK patchset compatible with the current kernel version
Long-Term Support (LTS) CK releases
In addition to theAUR package, there are LTS kernel releases patched with the above patchsets as well and with the previously mentioned modifications:
- AUR - The current Arch Linux LTS kernel patched with the CK patchset
More about MuQSS
See the LKML announcement posted by CK.
Check if MuQSS is enabled
This start-up message should appear in the kernel ring buffer when MuQSS in enabled:
$ dmesg | grep -i muqss $ journalctl | grep -i muqss ... MuQSS CPU scheduler v0.120 by Con Kolivas.
MuQSS patched kernels and systemd
It is a common mistake to think that MuQSS does not support cgroups. It does but not all the cgroup features (e.g. CPU limiting will not work).
Using out-of-tree modules with linux-ck
Many out-of-tree modules (broadcom-wl, nvidia, virtualbox, etc.) can be easily compiled and managed by using DKMS.