Native NetBSD audio driver

Robert Reif reif at
Mon Feb 23 21:32:39 CST 2004

I  think it might be worthwhile considering restructuring the audio
drivers into hardware independent wave, direct sound, midi
and  mixer sections and a hardware dependent  low level
implementation for oss, alsa, ...

The basic structure of all the drivers is similar enough to abstracted
out the hardware independent portions.

Joerg Mayer wrote:

> On Mon, Feb 23, 2004 at 06:50:33PM -0500, Dimitrie O. Paun wrote:
> > I think quite the opposite is true: having an almost identical
> > driver in the tree simply obscures the matter more. The two will
> > diverge in time, and the NetBSD one will slowly bitrot. Now that
> > the two are the closest it's the time to document the differences
> > and integrate them in the OSS driver.
> I think that the future of Linux sound will be more with alsa than
> with oss. AFAIK, alsa does not exist with xxxBSD, so in my opinion,
> using and supporting the respective interfaces instead of oss makes
> more sense.
>  Ciao
>    Jörg
> --
> Joerg Mayer                                           <jmayer at>
> We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that
> works. Some say that should read Microsoft instead of technology.

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