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Yes, not 2.4. I got it right this time. I saw this on Slashdot, and something caught my eye:
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A much-awaited feature is the new Linux audio architecture known as ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture). This is a boon for desktop users as it replaces the old OSS (Open Sound System) architecture that had many limitations. The new sound architecture supports USB audio and MIDI devices, full duplex playback, and more. Playing MP3 or other audio files on a desktop will never be the same again!
What? Hasn''t Linux had Alsa support for a while now? Will this new architecture make ESD finally work? How will audio on a desktop "never be the same again?" And, uh, any other comments on 2.6 can go here.

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With my 2.4 kernel I couldn''t get any sound with OSS through my Soundblaster card which was a bit frustrating. I tried every configuration I possibly could until I finally downloaded and made modules from the ALSA drivers to work with the 2.4 kernel. It was a bit of lengthy task but the driver works quite well. It''s great that they are going to include it by default with the 2.6 kernel.

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Sound works fine with OSS, I tried getting ALSA drivers to work. After spending hours configuring and reading, they still don''t work properly. My sound will loop 7 times in Gaim. Never had a problem with the OSS drivers tho. So I can assure you when you use ALSA drivers playing audio files on the desktop will never be the same again!

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The ALSA drivers are the ONLY way I can get sound working for my system, so YAY!! I''ve got an onboard VIA chipset but the sound chip model is slightly different to the OSS drivers, enough so that if fails miserably.

Yes ALSA has been around for a little while, but not built into a stable kernel.

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Configuring? You must have an older card.

All my PCI hardware basically autoconfigured. No special feature of the distribution, the kernel does it all itself.

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I used to use OSS, but I just upgraded to ALSA to stick to the crowd... or soon to be crowd, maybe.

It took some hacking, especially since my sound card is evil.

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I switched to ALSA when I installed Gentoo because they have this easy step by step guide on how to do it. It works well enough for my onboard soundcard (I couldn''t get it to work on my separate PCI card at the same time, but I only spent about 20 minutes on it including the hardware install). The only issue I have is that it only has one channel. Gaim will queue up sounds to be played and every time XMMS switches songs, I hear a gaim sound even if the event occured several minutes earlier.

Other than ALSA, what features does 2.6 provide that aren''t already in 2.4? There are a lot of patches for 2.4 which provide 2.6 features and I want to know if there are any big features specific to 2.6.

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Original post by BradDaBug
Yes, not 2.4. I got it right this time.

I saw this on Slashdot, and something caught my eye:

quote:
A much-awaited feature is the new Linux audio architecture known as ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture). This is a boon for desktop users as it replaces the old OSS (Open Sound System) architecture that had many limitations. The new sound architecture supports USB audio and MIDI devices, full duplex playback, and more. Playing MP3 or other audio files on a desktop will never be the same again!

What? Hasn't Linux had Alsa support for a while now? Will this new architecture make ESD finally work? How will audio on a desktop "never be the same again?"

And, uh, any other comments on 2.6 can go here.


That probably means that ALSA is the only architecture in the kernel. That they've removed the OSS which was a piece of crap. But to answer your question, yes, ALSA's been part of the kernel since 2.4.20, if I remember correctly. Anyhow, I don't know about ESD but as for never being the same again, what I think it means is that ALSA offers loads more options. Lets just see it as: It's new(not exactly but sorta), it's better and it's got more power.





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[edited by - cyberdrek on October 2, 2003 10:01:01 AM]

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