[linux-audio-dev] Re: Linux VERSUS OSS ???

Paul Davis paul at linuxaudiosystems.com
Tue Oct 14 13:28:01 UTC 2003

>> OSS is dead. You should not be writing apps with
>Well, at least OSS has a programmer's guide (PDF


Initial HOWTO's:


Reference manual for the PCM API:


Equivalents exist there for the MIDI API and others.


  * the example clients directory contain sample code for
      many different things. JACK is such a simple API
      (no hardware configuration or format negotiation)
      that these examples are enough to get many people
      started without any further information.

  * the reference manual is at:


>Where is the equivalent for ALSA? Until it exists, we
>will continue using OSS!

you're free to continue doing what you want but your software will not
interoperate with other audio software, it will not work without
card-specific hacks on various high-end audio interfaces, and at some
point in the not very distant future, it will rely on ALSA's OSS
emulation to run.


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