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SubjectRe: Is it time for remove (crap) ALSA from kernel tree ?
On Tue, Jun 26, 2007 at 12:18:05AM +0300, Hannu Savolainen wrote:
> What we would like to push is that the old "deprecated" OSS/Free are
> removed from the kernel. OSS/Free is based on about years old OSS API
> version which was too limited for many applications. Having OSS/Free in the
> kernel doesn't serve any purpose.

I am slowly removing all parts of the in-kernel OSS with ALSA drivers
for the same hardware.

The remaining drivers can roughly be divided into two categories:
- some ISA cards not supported by ALSA
- some drivers for unusual hardware (read: not a PC) not supported by ALSA

As long as we don't have ALSA drivers for them (which might in some
cases never happen) I'd prefer to keep them for now.

> Also we would like to stop the silly OSS vs ALSA war. OSS and ALSA are
> rather different. Both of them have some good points and bad points. For
> ordinary users it doesn't matter which API is used by the applications as
> long as they work. Just the application developers can see the real
> difference. Some of them prefer OSS while some other prefer ALSA and this
> should be their "freedom of choice".

I'm glad to hear this. :-)

> Best regards,
> Hannu



"Is there not promise of rain?" Ling Tan asked suddenly out
of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
"Only a promise," Lao Er said.
Pearl S. Buck - Dragon Seed

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