[linux-audio-dev] M$/SuSE/ALSA ?

Rui Nuno Capela rncbc at rncbc.org
Fri Nov 10 16:11:41 UTC 2006

Dave Phillips wrote:
> Greetings:
> As many of you already know, SuSE has entered into an interesting 5-year
> plan with Microsoft. You can find the details on Slashdot and
> elsewheres, so I won't rehash them here.
> What isn't mentioned is the ALSA/SuSE connection. I'm pretty sure some
> of the ALSA developers read these lists, and I'd like to hear from them
> regarding the significance of their employer's new connections and
> ALSA's IP and its continued development. Is this marriage happy news for
> Linux sound or is it an unholy alliance signifying doom and destruction
> for the world at large (and not just the Linux audio community ;) ?
> Or will things just cruise along in business-as-usual mode ?
> Any and all insight vastly appreciated.

Let's put this whole thing as a mental graph.

SUSE has brought us ALSA and KDE support.

Novell bought SUSE.

MS accepts a (bilateral?) deal from Novell to make (old on new) Novell's
customers happier, at least on the midterm (5 years).

OTOH there's insiders among us that can speak for themselves.

Now comes my personal thought:

I will still do prefer openSUSE as my Linux distro of choice, and will
do pass the message. But, ...be warned. At the slightest hint that ALSA
and KDE is getting behind the community idea, I will step ahead (i.e flee :)

But again, mind you, I have no problem in doing it all in the LFS way :D

rncbc aka Rui Nuno Capela
rncbc at rncbc.org

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