[linux-audio-dev] Re: image problem [was Re: [Alsa-devel] help for a levelmeter]

John Lazzaro lazzaro at CS.Berkeley.EDU
Sat Nov 9 15:17:00 UTC 2002

> Paul Davis <paul at linuxaudiosystems.com> writes:
> OS X is a major challenge to the linux audio religious faithful.

It's an opportunity, too, though -- there's a segment of the Mac
population that can barely justify the cost premium for Mac hardware,
because they use the hardware for recreation or avocation, not as
a tool to make more money. If the Linux folks:

 -- Port the popular apps to OS X, and improve them so that the
    honest and budget-conscious Mac folks adopt the free Linux
    apps rather than pirate commercial apps.

 -- Keep those apps running just as well (or better) under Linux,
    and evangelize the hardware cost differential.

Linux audio could probably carve out the budget-conscious Mac 
subset over a period of 3-5 years, which (random guess) is 100,000
users or so. 

That's not my motivation for putting sfront on OS X -- that has
more to do with just reaching more users to popularize the underlying
standards -- but it might be a motivation for the mainstream Linux
GUI audio apps to start a serious OS X porting effort.

John Lazzaro -- Research Specialist -- CS Division -- EECS -- UC Berkeley
lazzaro [at] cs [dot] berkeley [dot] edu     www.cs.berkeley.edu/~lazzaro

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