Joined: Feb. 2007
||Posted: April 28 2008,16:34
There's one more thing, kejava - the site you referenced is the current, great OSS 4.0, while the OSS in the linux kernel is the old, 3.0 or 2.0, so the OSS in DSL might not have Aureal support at all.
The story of the sound is very messy and involves many Bold and the beautiful-like turns
But in a nutshell OSS started as GPL, got adopted to the kernel as it surpassed the then current thingies, then 4Front decided to get paid for their audacious talent and got a deal with Sun that still lasts, and as the OSS had turned proprietary, the kernel folks did what X.org did - fork the last GPL sources.
The Linux OSS mostly got bugfixes, while The OSS kept developing. Having a non-current sound system with no new drivers made some people mad, and they wrote a new unique sound architecture, ALSA.
It gained popularity, it was in-kernel and in-development, and the kernel OSS got marked "deprecated", as it should have, and is nearly gone in 2.6.24.
4Front tech didn't like this boycott, and released OSS 4 as GPL, returning to their roots. It hasn't been accepted to the kernel, but many claim it is superior to ALSA, works on all unixes, and it gets new support faster than ALSA (look at Creative X-fi for example, it was a black sheep for a year, then OSS had support, ALSA did a month later)
Some history eh
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