[lkml]   [1998]   [Dec]   [31]   [last100]   RSS Feed
Views: [wrap][no wrap]   [headers]  [forward] 
Messages in this thread
SubjectRe: linux-kernel-digest V1 #3074
>From: Richard Stallman <>
>Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 08:25:01 -0500
>Subject: [linux-audio-dev] ISA Plug & Play support in kernel
>I agree, it is high time that ALSA was made the standard sound driver
>in Linux. The existing sound module is limited; even worse, it
>advertises a proprietary freedom-subtracted software package as the
>remedy for its limitations.

ALSA isn't ready yet, as Jaroslav has pointed out (no working
sequencer, inadequate current H/W support). It will be soon, and I
intend to help by porting my WaveFront driver to ALSA once the
sequencer appears stable-ish. But I also want to disagree with your
next paragraph:

>When such an important piece of free software as Linux contains ads
>for proprietary software, it gives the whole community an unfortunate
>message--not the sort of message will inspire people to write
>additional free drivers.

On the contrary. Its *exactly* the fact that there wasn't a good
*free* driver for the Turtle Beach WaveFront soundcards that made me
write one. I think that many of the potential device driver writing
community are of a similar bent: the existence of a proprietary
non-open-source driver acts as a stimulant to produce an open source
one so that we can all benefit. I also feel similarly about the use,
for example, of a DOS-boot-thru that uses some existing DOS utility to
configure a card: yes, its there and it works, but its also a great
reason for figuring out how to do it from Linux. Yes, not many people
think this way, but I'd wager many Linux device driver writers do.


To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to
Please read the FAQ at

 \ /
  Last update: 2005-03-22 13:46    [W:0.042 / U:1.804 seconds]
©2003-2018 Jasper Spaans|hosted at Digital Ocean and TransIP|Read the blog|Advertise on this site