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Slackware, Slax For almost a week now, I've been using Slackware 9.1 (RC-1 released today), and I am having a blast. Slackware doesn't have more than 6-8% of the Linux market these days, but it used to be one of the most-used distros back in the day. Today, many think of Slackware as a true classic, a thought that is often accompanied by a feeling that Slackware is not a user-friendly or an uber-modern Linux distribution. There is some truth in that statement, but there is always the big "But". Read on for our very positive experience with Slackware 9.1-pre. Update: In less than 24 hours since the RC-1, Slackware 9.1 RC-2 is out.
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RE:Multiple Sound & Linux will implode
by Chris Cheney on Wed 24th Sep 2003 04:50 UTC

"nifotc is Correct - The VIA sound chips do not support multiple input streams. When I looked at this a couple of months ago (on the very same chip) there was an argument raging on the lists as to if channel mixing should be handled at the driver or user space level."

I used to have a Via KT400/8235 based system, it used the southbridge 8235 onboard sound with an AC97 ALC650 chip. It was able to do 4 sound channels at once so perhaps it is either the older 8233 or AC97 200 chipset that is at fault. Certainly not all Via chips are limited to only one channel.

BTW - Software mixing is not done at the driver level for any card (afaik) due to a general decree that no extra unnecessary processing be done in kernel space. However, alsa does have new software mixing support in libasound, which is called dmix. I don't know if anything actually uses it yet though.