AV Linux

Install and Create:

Essentially AV Linux is a downloadable and installable shared snapshot ISO image file of my own personal Audio/Video Workstation Operating System based on Debian/GNU Linux with many customizations and tweaks. This is a project I have been actively working on and refining since about 2007 and it is prepared and pre-configured to allow you to “Install and Create”. It is really intended to just be that simple, an AV production system prepared and shared by a single User with some practical experience in setting such things up. It is NOT intended to be a bona-fide full and proper “Linux Distribution”. As its sole maintainer I don’t claim to have any unique credentials as a Linux System Administrator and am merely doing this in my spare time as a hobby. It should be looked at as a DVD-sized serving platter serving you a bountiful feast of the best work of extremely talented and generous Chefs from around the world! Bon Appetit, and don’t forget to tip your Waiter…–>

AV Linux 2020 Desktop
AV Linux Software Demos

Cinelerra-GG Video Editor


  • Originates from 32bit and 64bit snapshots of the Debian Stable Distribution.
  • Custom Realtime Preempt Kernel for optimal low-latency Audio potential.
  • CPU governed for performance by default.
  • Extra tweaks for performance, meets all criteria of the included Realtime Configuration Quick Scan.
  • Some special custom packaging not found in default Repositories.
  • Fast and Light XFCE4 Desktop Environment with attractive customizations.
  • falkTX’s KXStudio Repositories for up to date Audio Applications.
  • Extensive Audio/Video and Administrator-friendly Custom Actions.
  • Seamless JACK Audio/MIDI environment with PulseAudio Integration.
  • Extended Application platforms Flatpak and Docker included.
  • Robust Environment for developers: Compilers, GIT, SVN, BZR, tools and development libs.
  • Mozilla builds of Firefox and Thunderbird.

Read All About It:

Before downloading AV Linux it is essential to read it’s User Manual, Most FAQ’s and many specific operational details including Installation are covered in it’s 130 illustrated pages. The User Manual is also included within AV Linux and can be found in the ‘Accessories’ Menu.

AV Linux 2020 User Manual


AV Linux is developed and provided free of charge as an independent spare time project and therefore does not come with a full time support system like larger established Linux Distributions do. In the past a User Forum was provided but could not be maintained adequately so it was closed but an archive with some useful information can be found here:

AV Linux Forum Archive

A 3rd party maintained PDF (thanks Piklik!) with information about Audio and Video hardware supported by AV Linux can be found here:

AV Linux Supported Hardware PDF

Download locations:

Distribution of the AV Linux ISO files would not be possible without the generous assistance of the following people: Anahata, James Lawrie and Jeremy Jongepier.

Current Release: AV Linux 2020.5.10

linuxaudio.org Mirror

Bytemark Mirror

MD5 and SHA256 sums (to verify Downloads):

64bit: MD5 SHA256

ISO Login Username and Passwords:

64bit: Username: isotester Password: avl64 Root Password: avl64admin

*It is important to note that AV Linux is not a commercial product and is maintained simply out of the love of doing it, as a spare time project it comes with absolutely no guarantees to see consistent or future development or to be anything other than what is described here.

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