Well, I looked here: http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=pcm&sektion=4
Instead of here: http://www.freebsd.org/releases/5.2.1R/hardware-i386.html#AEN1101 http://www.freebsd.org/releases/4.10R/hardware-i386.html#AEN1762
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 Cc: [EMAIL PROTECTED] 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.