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SubjectRe: Sound Blaster Live - OSS or Not?
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I have been using the sblive kernel drivers for a year and have not had any 
problems with quake3. the driver in 2.4.9 works well for me except my mic
doesn't' want to work.

On Monday 03 September 2001 07:03 pm, Joel Jaeggli wrote:
> On Mon, 3 Sep 2001, Thiago Vinhas de Moraes wrote:
> > Hi!
> >
> > I have a Sound Blaster Live! PCI that works pretty fine for me.
> >
> > I tried to run loki's Quake 3 Arena for Linux, and after several tries, I
> > started to read the README file, and it said that Sound Blaster Live does
> > not work as OSS. I found a reference to www.opensound.com, where they
> > sell OSS drivers for Sound Blaster Live for $35.00 !! That's too much
> > money for a sound driver! I've downloaded a trial, and it really worked
> > to play Quake.
> >
> > My question is: If the 2.4.9 kernel has support for Sound Blaster Live,
> > why I have to pay for a damn non-GPL driver? Why it does not work to play
> > games on linux?
>
> sound support is hard... The folks at 4-front have the benefit of a
> liscense from the vendor for their intelectual property property used in
> the driver... That has two implications, The code is proprietary, and the
> vendor must be paid... I don't imagine they're getting rich in the
> business but if you have a card that has a chipset that is supported well
> by them and poorly by the various other sound initiatives, you have to
> decide wether it's worth it or not.
>
> In any case your card is fairly well supported by the alsa-project... so
> I'd recomend trying the alsa drivers
>
> > Regards,
> > Thiago
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