[MPlayer-users] oss...alsa....a bit offtopic

D Richard Felker III dalias at aerifal.cx
Fri Sep 6 15:35:02 CEST 2002

On Fri, Sep 06, 2002 at 03:04:08PM +0200, Haas Wernfried wrote:
> [Automatic answer: RTFM (read DOCS, FAQ), also read DOCS/bugreports.html]
> hello, 
> On Fri, Sep 06, 2002 at 11:07:34AM -0400, gabor wrote:
> > what does alsa provide that oss doesn't?
> what oss can provide according to their website
> (www.opensound.com/linux.html):
>   OSS/Linux is aimed at the commercial Linux market
>   and new Linux users who require products which are
>   stable, easy to use and come with technical
>   support. If you think saving few hours of work is
>   worth $20, then OSS/Linux is for you!
> there are also drivers for free afaik, i'm not an expert on oss drivers,
> never used them, but i think they work quite good from what i've heard.
> don't know exactly what license they are using, but i guess it's not gpl.
> alsa is gpl / lgpl, so if you have a few hours spare ("installing" my
> sb live 512 with alsa cost me about 5 minutes) alsa might be your choice.
> at least it's mine :)

Usually when people say OSS they mean the open OSS architecture and
free (GPL) drivers included in linux, not this proprietary crap
opensound.org sells. Please do at least a little research before
making uninformed and misleading posts.


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