FreeBSD's sound system lineage....

Ariff Abdullah ariff at
Mon Jul 23 16:44:53 UTC 2007

On Mon, 23 Jul 2007 09:28:03 -0700
Julian Elischer <julian at> wrote:
> Alexander Leidinger wrote:
> > Quoting Julian Elischer <julian at> (Mon, 23 Jul 2007
> > 07:24:36 -0700):
> > 
> >> The OSS people have offered us the use (from memory) of their
> >ALSA<->OSS > shim library. It would be nice if one of the sound
> >people > would talk to them and see if the offer still stands.
> > 
> > It needs kernel support which we don't have. I don't know how
> > hard/easy it is to provide this support.
> That's where we probably need someone like Ariff to have a look at
> it.
> I think they also offered to help us get that support.
ALSA is purely userland stuffs, much like other things like SDL,
pulseaudio, arts, jack, yada yada, so on. All you need to do is grab
plain alsa library, replacing alsa kernel call -> oss ioctl (much
like NetBSD/OpenBSD did with their sunaudio -> liboss), and produce
appropriate libalsa depending on your target (linux binary for linux
apps). Leveraging hardware features provided by ALSA call is a
different story, though.

Ariff Abdullah

... Recording in stereo is obviously too advanced
    and confusing for us idiot ***** users :P ........
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