The Polypaudio sound server

Ryan Underwood nemesis-lists at
Thu Sep 9 17:41:47 EEST 2004

On Thu, Sep 09, 2004 at 03:12:45PM +0200, Lennart Poettering wrote:
> On Thu, 09.09.04 13:57, Mike Hearn (m.hearn at wrote:
> > What does using this give people over JACK, which is the choice of pro 
> > audio users? Why is it better than just raw ALSA with the right 
> > mixing/resampling plugins loaded?
> ALSA is limited to Linux, it is everything else than portable. ALSA is
> not network transparent. ALSA ist not esound compatible. ALSA is a
> driver API, not a sound server API.

Not to bash your comparison, but there is nothing inherently
non-portable about the ALSA API.  In fact ALSA itself has been ported to
OS/2, and QNX implements the ALSA API at the moment.  FreeBSD would have
an ALSA port if it weren't for the GPL.

Ryan Underwood, <nemesis at>
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