EMC2 requires a real-time kernel (which Windows XP and Vista are not). Installing it on Ubuntu 7.10 was pretty simple.

  • Open a terminal window
  • Run sudo apt-get install linux-rt and wait
  • Reboot

After the PC rebooted Gnome complained that the theme manager wasn’t working. Another reboot fixed that problem. Running:

uname -v


#1 SMP PREEMPT RT Mon Oct 15 01:05:51 GMT 2007

So the real-time kernel is now installed and working. I will play around with the desktop for a while to make sure it is stable before proceeding further.