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SubjectRe: [2.6 patch] schedule obsolete OSS drivers for removal
On Tue, 2006-01-03 at 14:52 +0100, Andi Kleen wrote:
> On Tuesday 03 January 2006 14:47, Alistair John Strachan wrote:
> > 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.
> As long as it works why is that a bad thing? OSS API works just fine
> for most sound needs. If you want to do high end sound you can still
> use ALSA.

OSS can't do software mixing of multiple audio streams, it requires a
sound server to do this. So IMHO the OSS approach causes more bloat on
the desktop.


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