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SubjectRe: [Alsa-devel] OSS driver removal, 2nd round
On Fri, Jun 30, 2006 at 06:31:14PM +0200, Olivier Galibert wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 30, 2006 at 05:13:02PM +0100, James Courtier-Dutton wrote:
> > Adrian Bunk wrote:
> > >- ALSA #1735 (OSS emulation 4-channel mode rear channels not working)
> >
> > As the MAINTAINER of EMU10K1, I am happy for EMU10K1 driver to be
> > removed from the kernel.
> >
> > ALSA #1735 is now closed. All the apps the user was trying also support
> > ALSA natively now, so OSS is not needed.
>
> Are you joking ?

Besides what was already mentioned in this thread, let me add some
points:
- most Linux applications already support ALSA
- kernel 2.6.0 with ALSA as default sound system was released in 2003
- the ALSA developers provide an in-kernel OSS emulation
- the ALSA developers provide an alternative user space OSS emulation
- there are many new soundcards without any OSS driver at all [1]

Compatibility is important, and it's nearly always working
(e.g. "aoss audacity" works for me perfectly).

There are only few exotic cornercases like ALSA #1735 where a subset of
the OSS functionality is not working in the OSS emulation - and I doubt
it would be worth putting much effort into fixing such cornercases.

> OG.

cu
Adrian

[1] we are talking about the in-kernel OSS drivers, not the
commercial OSS

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