[Python-Dev] Where is OSS used?

Thomas Wouters thomas@xs4all.net
Mon, 10 Mar 2003 10:31:24 +0100

On Sun, Mar 09, 2003 at 09:16:47PM -0500, Greg Ward wrote:
> I'm working on docs for ossaudiodev, and I thought I'd ask here before
> bugging the OSS people: does anyone know which operating systems use OSS
> (Open Sound System) as the standard audio interface?  I know Linux up to
> 2.4 does, as do some (all?) versions of FreeBSD.

I'd say 'recent'. I don't recall when it was added, definately a while back,
but the oldest machine I have (FreeBSD 4.2) has OSS/Free. From googling I
get the impression that it's been there since 3.x, so 'recently' definately
holds. Likewise, googling shows OpenBSD also uses OSS/Free -- the commercial
OSS installation manual tells you to remove references to OSS/Free from the
kernel :)

And there's a boatload of supported platforms in the commercial OSS of
course, see www.opensound.com. But I don't suggest we try and plug OSS :)

> Anyone know precisely which 2.5.x version of Linux dropped OSS in favour
> of ALSA?

OSS wasn't dropped (not yet anyway), ALSA was added. Also, ALSA has an OSS
emulation mode, so I think it's safe to say you need to 'have OSS or ALSA
with OSS API emulation' enabled.

Thomas Wouters <thomas@xs4all.net>

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