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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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