[alsa-devel] alsa-lib has anyone ever looked at taking it cross platform?

Colin Guthrie gmane at colin.guthr.ie
Fri Jul 25 11:28:46 CEST 2008

Peter Dolding wrote:
> This would kinda make logical sence.
> Alsa-lib plugin system in theory should be able to take any kind sound
> output under it.   Simplify development of all applications on top of
> it.  If alsa was cross platform why would you use something else as a
> middle body wrapper when you port.
> Windows and Mac support could be done as plugins.
> Or is there something that is in the alsa-lib that is a problem?
> Its all about reducing distance between application and hardware and
> reduce amount of coding.

I'd rather see pulseaudio go fully cross platform. It's got some older 
windows ports but if pulse were to get a push in the right direction for 
windows and OSX then this lets alsa get on with the job of interfacing 
with the audio on linux (that's what the L stands for after all), and 
let higher level applications work with a more appropriate system with 
more appropriate interfaces for practical use.

Just a thought...


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