Linked by Rahul on Wed 15th Apr 2009 08:58 UTC
Linux PulseAudio 0.9.15 has been released with many new features. Phoronix covers the changes: "PulseAudio 0.9.15 introduces native support of Bluetooth audio devices using BlueZ, Apple Airport Express support, flat volume support (similar to Vista's audio controls), on-the-fly reconfiguration of audio devices, and native support for 24-bit samples. The on-the-fly reconfiguration of audio devices is great and as a result there is now proper S/PDIF support. With the release of PulseAudio 0.9.15 also comes an update to the PulseAudio Volume Control program. The PulseAudio Volume Control 0.9.8 update brings support for configuring sound card profiles and various other updates."
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RE[2]: OSS4
by kajaman on Wed 15th Apr 2009 20:22 UTC in reply to "RE: OSS4"
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Err... it's GPLed for Linux, BSD-ed for BSD, and CDDLed for Solaris - isn't this open source?

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RE[3]: OSS4
by AdamW on Wed 15th Apr 2009 22:22 in reply to "RE[2]: OSS4"
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It's not, really. There's rather a lot of bits of it which, when you look at the headers, aren't actually under any of those licenses.

This is also explained on 4front's own licensing page:

"Q: Is everything in OSS open sourced?

A: No. There are three drivers that have mosty been written by the hardware manufacturers. We are not permitted to release their sources unless their authors as us to do so.

Also some parts of the envy24 and envy24ht drivers contain some code written under NDA. We have not yet received the approval to open source the code from all manufacturers. So these drivers cannot be open sourced just now. If we don't get the approval in reasonable time we will distribute these drivers with the offending code stripped from the sources.

Finally there are some effects in the old softoss driver that are not included in the source packages. We will make the decision about their future later. At this moment it looks like we will remove the softoss driver from the OSS package so these effects will not be used in OSS anyway.

We reserve the right to include some “closed source” drivers only in our binary distribution if the hardware manufacturers refuse to give the programming specs without NDA. Our policy is to promote open source but not to enforce it. We will let hardware manufacturers to decide if they like to select the commercial distribution mode instead of the open source one with much wider customer base."

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RE[4]: OSS4
by panzi on Thu 16th Apr 2009 01:24 in reply to "RE[3]: OSS4"
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This quotes sound like some drivers are not free software but the sound system is. Well we know that there aren't as much drivers for OSS4 as for ALSA, just add those closed source drivers to the missing ones. One should port the ALSA drivers to OSS4 (I know, this might be a lot of work but maybe worth the effort, I dunno).

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