[linux-audio-user] Re: [linux-audio-dev] RME is no more

Dan Harper tech at danharper.org
Thu Nov 25 00:20:25 UTC 2004

Hi all,

I will also make my official statement to all sound card manufacturers.
I will only buy sound cards that are fully operational with my operating
system of choice - Linux.  Around 6 months ago I did just this, I was in
the market for a professional multichannel sound card interface for my
laptop and even though the unit is much more expensive than the
competition (like double the price for less features, although probably
slightly better quality), I purchased an RME Hammerfall Cardbus and

I hope you are all listening to this and what this means, I am willing
to pay double the price (in this case $1400 AUD more!) for a sound
interface that supports Linux.

If RME doesn't wish to support the development of open source drivers
for their hardware, I will have to go elsewhere.


On Wed, 2004-11-24 at 17:57 -0600, Jan Depner wrote:
> Hi all,
> 	The official statement is that there will be no support for RME from
> me.  In other words I will buy no hardware or software from RME because
> it is impossible for me to share my hard earned money with a company
> that is unwilling to support my operating system of choice.  But I'll
> certainly share my money with other companies.  Any companies listening
> out there?
> Regards
> Jan Depner
> On Wed, 2004-11-24 at 19:14, Marek Peteraj wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > 
> > sorry for crossposting, just wanted to let everybody know:
> > 
> > The official statement is that there will be no support for ALSA (Linux)
> > FireWire drivers from RME. In other words there will be no such drivers,
> > as it is impossible to write them without tons of hardware and software 
> > documentation from RME. And we won't share these information with
> > anyone.
> > 
> > Regards
> > Matthias Carstens
> > RME
> > 
> > No further explanations.
> > The moral of this story is:
> > Never buy a product that isn't already supported in ALSA, such as i did.
> > :(  There's no guarantee even if pretty much every other card from the
> > same manufacturer *is* already supported.
> > Me and Benno talked to Matthias personally during Musikmesse, he was
> > friendly and seemed to be open with regards to future cooperation with
> > oss developers.
> > 
> > Seems like things have changed dramatically since then.
> > 
> > Marek 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
Dan Harper
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