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SubjectRe: [2.6 patch] schedule obsolete OSS drivers for removal
On Tuesday 03 January 2006 13:21, Andi Kleen wrote:
> Adrian Bunk <> writes:
> > Documentation/feature-removal-schedule.txt | 7 +
> > sound/oss/Kconfig | 79 ++++++++++++---------
> > 2 files changed, 54 insertions(+), 32 deletions(-)
> >
> > ---
> > linux-2.6.13-rc3-mm1-full/Documentation/feature-removal-schedule.txt.old
> >2005-07-26 16:50:05.000000000 +0200 +++
> > linux-2.6.13-rc3-mm1-full/Documentation/feature-removal-schedule.txt 2005
> >-07-26 16:51:24.000000000 +0200 @@ -44,0 +45,7 @@
> > +What: drivers depending on OBSOLETE_OSS_DRIVER
> > +When: October 2005
> > +Why: OSS drivers with ALSA replacements
> > +Who: Adrian Bunk <>
> I object to the ICH driver being scheduler for removal. It works
> fine and is a significantly less bloated than the equivalent ALSA setup.
> This means ac97_codec.c also has to stay.

I think this is probably true for quite a few of the OSS drivers, versus their
ALSA equivalents. The fact is that OSS is obsolete, and the ALSA libraries
and utilities provide, to all soundcards, more features than the OSS API

Maybe it's more bloated, but it's about time applications on Linux didn't have
to support 2-3 audio APIs just so they'd work on more than 50% of systems.

It strikes me that it's a bit of a chicken and egg problem. Vendors are still
releasing applications on Linux that support only OSS, partly due to
ignorance, but mostly because ALSA's OSS compatibility layer allows them to
lazily ignore the ALSA API and target all cards, old and new.

Additionally, we can't get rid of OSS compatibility until pretty much all
hardware has an ALSA driver, and (inferred from your comment) we can't get
rid of OSS drivers until nothing supports OSS, because the whole of the ALSA
stuff is a bit larger...

Even if Adrian's not trying to make this point (he's just removing duplicate
drivers, and opting for the newer ones), we accepted ALSA into the kernel.
It's probably about time we let OSS die properly, for sanity purposes.


'No sense being pessimistic, it probably wouldn't work anyway.'
Third year Computer Science undergraduate.
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