[MPlayer-dev-eng] [patch] prefer ALSA over OSS

Adrian Bunk bunk at stusta.de
Sat Apr 28 22:16:58 CEST 2007

On Sat, Apr 28, 2007 at 03:57:03PM -0400, Rich Felker wrote:
> On Sat, Apr 28, 2007 at 07:12:14PM +0200, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> > > Don't ask me why, i don't understand how ALSA works.
> > 
> > This doesn't match my experiences.
> > 
> > In my experience there are many people for whom the OSS emulation does 
> > work worse or not at all, but native ALSA does work.
> > 
> > But the goal is to get ALSA always working without using the OSS 
> > emulation, and if there are still problems in ALSA left these should be 
> > fixed in ALSA.
> I don't care because the ALSA api is fundamentally idiotic. There is
> no way of solving it. OSS api is a correct, unix-style ioctl-based API
> that's portable across many platforms and clean. ALSA is a nasty
> library-based approach.
> MPlayer is a *nix application, not a Linux application, and thus
> should prefer and endorse the standardized api, not the nasty
> Linux-specific one.

OSS is one API and ALSA is another API.
Which standard are you referring to?

> Rich


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