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

Paul Davis paul at linuxaudiosystems.com
Sat Nov 9 15:24:00 UTC 2002

>If they're unable or unwilling to tell the difference between "free
>software" and "software that is written for free" then there's
>probably never going to be a linux sdk for their hardware. Its just
>too specialised and complex for someone to do it for free, or to
>modify anything that's already out there to do the job.

this is a complete mis-statement of the problem. soundart is not a
large company by any means. like most companies making pro audio
equipment, they exist in a very small niche market and are generally
small entities. they have neither the financial nor human resources to
put into a linux port.

and lets suppose they did so. how many extra units would they actually 
sell? my guess is less than a dozen or so in a given year. notice that
i said "extra". the chameleon doesn't run linux, we're talking about
developers who want to work on linux but develop DSP code for the
chameleon. thats a tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny market. 

there just isn't any financial justification at this point for a small
company with an existing SDK for the most widely used OS in the world
to spin off cash, time and/or people to develop a linux SDK, even if
they *wanted* to.


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