[linux-audio-dev] OSS will be back (was Re: alsa, oss , efficiency?)

Paul Davis paul at linuxaudiosystems.com
Mon Nov 6 22:11:17 UTC 2006

On Mon, 2006-11-06 at 16:38 -0500, Paul Winkler wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 06, 2006 at 01:39:43PM -0500, Lee Revell wrote:
> > Real linux drivers reside in the mainline kernel.  Out of tree stuff is
> > is irrelevant.
> I don't think that's a fair blanket statement given that drivers often
> begin life outside the mainline kernel tree. ALSA, for example.

i also think its not necessary to be so antagonistic towards 4 Front or

Hannu was the guy who made sound on linux possible in the first place.
Have a little respect. OK, so he and others decided to try to make a
business out of it, and they bowed down to NDA requirements from vendors
as part of doing that. Many of us never liked the results of that
decision, but its an understandable and, from some points of view, a
defensible one too.

I continue to have disagreements with the technical decisions that Hannu
and others made with OSS' design. Other people I respect (hi Guenter)
continue to prefer the OSS design. Either way, lets have a little
respect for someone who got the SB cards, the incredible Gravis
Ultrasound and many other devices working, who offered help to others
trying to write drivers and generally has had a lot of similar goals
that many LAD members do.


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