[alsa-devel] Alsa OSS - who is maintaining it?
hannu at opensound.com
Thu Mar 29 16:28:04 CEST 2007
Carlo Florendo wrote:
> I'm new to sound progamming in Linux. If OSS is already obsoleted by
> ALSA, why is OSS still maintained?
The OSS/Free drivers still included in Linux are based on some10+ years
old version of the OSS3 API (the same is actually true with ALSA's OSS
emulation too). It's obsolete and should be removed from the kernel ASAP.
However OSS (www.opensound.com) is a separate product that is completely
independent from the old v3 based junk. It's actively developed and
maintained by 4Front Technologies. In addition to Linux it's only
available for most Unix variants. We have released the latest v4.0
version just two weeks ago.
OSS is very different than ALSA and it has been designed to hide the
hardware differences from the applications. ALSA in turn makes it best
to expose all aspects of the hardware to the programs.
There is a white paper at http://developer.opensound.com/oss4white.pdf
that explains why OSS is what it is.
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