[linux-audio-dev] desktop audio resumed

Lee Revell rlrevell at joe-job.com
Sat Jul 2 14:44:45 EDT 2005


On Sat, 2005-07-02 at 11:26 +0200, Florian Schmidt wrote:
> On Sat, 02 Jul 2005 00:17:38 -0400
> Lee Revell <rlrevell at joe-job.com> wrote:
> 
> > No!!!  That's exactly the wrong approach, it will only encourage
> > applications to use the OSS API.  Do you really still want to be using
> > the same ancient binary-only flashplayer/realplayer plugin for 5 more
> > years?
> > 
> > Why don't you ask the Skype developers when they plan to support ALSA?
> > Or figure out why it crashes with aoss?
> 
> I know my opinion is unpopular, but afaik OSS is more of a standard in
> the unix (not linux) world than ALSA is. There's no way around providing
> an OSS emulation that works (i mean sw mixing, etc.) for all those OSS
> apps that are multiplatform.

That's one of the many reasons why backwards compatibility is the root
of all evil, because developers are lazy and will code to the least
common denominator.  At some point unilateral action is needed.  For
example if Microsoft did not EOL old products as aggressively as they
do, half the offices out there would be on Windows 3.1 still...

Lee



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