Well, I looked here:

Instead of here:

I haven't tried FreeBSD for a long time (before SB Live! was supported) but I knew my SB Live! is supported for some time now.

I also have read comments from others about sound support on FreeBSD, and when I compared the supported cards on the pcm man page with the commercial OSS and ALSA supported cards I felt they were right.

But I'm much happier now that I know I've searched the wrong places and FreeBSD supports much more soundcards that I could have imagined.

I can't remember which is the soundcard in the old Compaq Presario laptop my wife has.

But my desktop will migrate in a few days. Thanks for the quick answer :)


BTW, you're right about the drivers, I haven't understood it the first time (OSS API != OSS drivers).

-----Original Message-----
From: Dan Nelson [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
Sent: quarta-feira, 26 de Maio de 2004 20:30
To: Bruno
Subject: Re: Porting ALSA drivers to OSS may be easy, according to OSS

In the last episode (May 26), Bruno said:
I know FreeBSD is mainly conceived as a performance server OS and
lacks in the multimedia field when compared with Linux which is much
more generic.

But in terms of sound I think the scenario could change easily: you
don't have ALSA drivers but according to this post it's possible to
convert ALSA drivers into free OSS drivers:


This could mean reduced need for commercial OSS driver support :) And
of course there may be licensing issues.

Not really my problem since I have a SB Live!, but this could easily
improve FreeBSD image on the multimedia *NIX field :)

Are there very many cards not supported by FreeBSD? Note that OSS can mean two things: drivers provided by 4front, or a userland API for playing sound. FreeBSD's sound system provides an OSS API, but is not OSS internally. Porting a Linux ALSA driver to FreeBSD is probably about as easy as porting a Linux OSS driver.

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