[LAD] starting out with tux audio

Dave Griffiths dave at pawfal.org
Mon Jun 16 17:58:38 UTC 2008

On Fri, 2008-06-13 at 10:56 +0200, Fons Adriaensen wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 01:34:01PM +0530, AlgoMantra wrote:
> > I'm a newbie to audio in linux. I can code in C, and I know that
> > if you $cat /dev/dsp you can see your microphone feeding weird
> > shit into this sound device.
> /dev/dsp and /dev/audio are OSS devices and almost never used
> in Linux Audio. They exist mainly for compatibility with old
> software. 

I think, while absolutely true from an engineering aspect, there is
something to be said for /dev/dsp for lowering barriers of entry into
audio programming. Doing experiments like this was how I started doing
it, and it would be a shame to ever remove this option completely.



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