FreeBSD's sound system lineage....

Alexander Leidinger Alexander at
Mon Jul 23 09:02:30 UTC 2007

Quoting Norberto Meijome <freebsd at> (from Sun, 22 Jul 2007  
23:17:30 +1000):

> Hello list,
> I've been wondering for a little while what is the lineage of   
> FreeBSD's kernel sound support . I couldn't find any reference to it  
>  in the Handbook... RTFM welcome :)
> I get it isn't ALSA related. I've read that we use the Open Sound   
> does this relate to ?

FreeBSD supports/provides/uses the OSS API, but not the opensound code  
itself. At some point in time in the past what we had in FreeBSD was  
similar to what OSS was at that time, but since then the code behind  
the API diverged. You can use OSS itself if you want (it's available  
in the ports collection).

> Also, if I understand this correctly, the kernel 'adheres' to a   
> standard (OSS), and then @ the user level we can run things like   
> esd, artsd ,etc right? which simply add another API for other apps   
> to push their noisy bits down our speakers....



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