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SubjectRe: Migrating to larger numbers
> > This has led to the current mess with your choice of ESD, OSS, and
> > ALSALIB as the sound API. If applications had used the theoretical
> > from the start, there wouldn't be this problem.
> I'm not advocating a kernel-based gpm, but it seems to me that the
> problem you mention with sound is due to the device semantics. The
> kernel doesn't impose single-open rules. That's a fault of the driver.

Its nothing to do with open rules (and they do impose single open btw).
The point is that using a library means you can rip up the underlying code
freely kernel or otherwise, including changing the kernel API.


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