[Consortium] Re: [linux-audio-dev] Re: linuxaudio.org

Daniel James daniel at mondodesigno.com
Thu Jan 22 05:39:51 EST 2004

> > Just to say  that obviously the consortium  is not entirely made
> > up of corporate  "wolves"    who don't know   or  don't  care 
> > about freedom (honestly I don't  see how one could reach  this
> > conclusion looking at the current members' list, but anyway).
> Compare 4Front vs. ALSA

OK, let's do that. 4Front is a company which produces both proprietary 
(OSS) and libre software (xmms). It has a couple of staff and a 
modest turnover. ALSA developers are employed by Novell, which now 
also produces both kinds of software. Apart from being the granddaddy 
of proprietary networks, Novell is a multi-million dollar 
multi-national company which probably has thousands of staff.

The idea that OSS is 'corporate' but ALSA is not just makes me laugh. 
Even when it was sponsored by SUSE, the ALSA project had far bigger 
corporate backing than 4Front. SUSE was invested in substantially by 
IBM and other companies over many years.



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