Point #1: This GUI only configuration is a REDHAT thing - nothing to do
with 'Linux' as such. It's only a nice graphical front end above the
command line functionality that's still there, should you want to use
it. Given that the average user who wants sound will almost certainly
have X running on the local box means that the vast majority are catered
for. If, like me, you do run headless boxes with sound configured, there
are plenty of alternative configuration tools and methods available to you.
Point #2: Comparing ALSA and OSS is similar to comparing a kitchen
butter knife with a swiss-army knife. Some of the functionality is the
same - the butter knife is easier to use initially - but you very soon
reach the limitations of what it can do. Have a look at
see what the capabilities of a _real_ sound architecture can make
available to you, the user.
Linux? Getting worse? I hardly think so. But thanks for your input :-)
Usual disclaimers apply, YMMV, etc.
Timothy Murphy wrote:
> On Tuesday 14 September 2004 16:16, Glen Gray wrote:
>>>>Cool, we can test that we have the correct module by doing the following
>>modprobe -a snd-cmipci
>>> Just a note, probably irrelevant:
> I notice this card is mentioned in /usr/src/linux-220.127.116.11/Documentation/sound
> under both oss and alsa,
> so I assume it should work without too much work.
>> The alsa entry reads
> Module snd-cmipci
>> Module for C-Media CMI8338 and 8738 PCI soundcards.
>> mpu_port - 0x300,0x310,0x320,0x330, 0 = disable (default)
> fm_port - 0x388 (default), 0 = disable (default)
> soft_ac3 - Sofware-conversion of raw SPDIF packets (model 033 only)
> (default = 1)
> joystick_port - Joystick port address (0 = disable, 1 = auto-detect)
>> Module supports autoprobe and multiple chips (max 8).
> I don't know if this means you have to make these settings.
>> I've always found ALSA absurdly complicated and off-putting,
> eg the fact that sound is off by default is utterly ridiculous.
> OSS was much simpler.
>> This is one of the many cases where Linux is getting steadily worse.
> (The fact that system-config-soundcard doesn't work
> unless X is running is typical.)
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