[linux-audio-user] Re: What parts of Linux audio [need improvement]

From: Kevin Cosgrove <kevinc@email-addr-hidden>
Date: Mon Jun 20 2005 - 20:22:11 EEST

1. In the past sound server contention (artsd with other stuff) has
been a real pain. I'm not sure what changed (I went from Mandrake
9.0 to Mandrake 10.1) but I don't see as many problems. Maybe it's
the apps that I use most now (rosegarden, ardour, xmms, audacity)
just don't need servers that contend?

2. Audacity is my editor of choice, but it's not happy with JACK.

3. Some really great programs, e.g. snd & pd, are really hard to

4. Some really great programs, e.g. Jazz++, are orphaned by

4. Some really great programs, e.g. Jazz++, depend on libraries and
toolkits which march forward without regard to supporting legacy
programs. I steer clear of any WxWin (what do they call it now?)
applications because of this.

5. Easy integration into distributions isn't mature yet. Mandrake
has been improving a lot in this area with each version. In fact I
usual choose to upgrade when they support something new in the sound
area. It's great to have things like CCRMA, and previously Thac, but
distributions should really get on board here.

6. Successes with Linux audio haven't been publicized to the point
where people outside the Linux world pay attention.

7. Acceptance of great formats, e.g. flac & ogg, needs to happen in
everywhere so that I can download audio files in those formats. For
instance, in the USA archived audio of public broadcasting programs
should be done with an open format. I'm thinking of allowing my
bands' songs to be downloaded for free in ogg, but for a fee in mp3.

8. Vendor, e.g. soundcard makers, support of Linux is not universal.
Many vendors are moving to firewire, and Linux doesn't yet support
that via open or closed drivers that I'm aware of.

I might think of more later. Cheers....

Received on Tue Jun 21 00:15:08 2005

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