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Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH 4/4] [RfC] audio: probe audio drivers by default

From: Kamil Rytarowski
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH 4/4] [RfC] audio: probe audio drivers by default
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2019 15:45:29 +0100
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On 23.01.2019 14:59, Gerd Hoffmann wrote:
>   Hi,
>>> What is the native sound interface for openbsd btw?  oss doesn't
>>> compile (missing sys/soundcard.h header).
>> OpenBSD uses sndio, a similar audio daemon to pulseaudio and it's
>> enforced for all [well integrated] audio applications.
> Hmm.  Yet another audio daemon.  /me wonders why people keep reinventing
> the wheel.

This is rather more complex. OpenBSD struggles to remove all !sndio
solutions, with a good record track of applications switched to it.

There is also support for other BSDs and Linux in sndio so it is a
viable piece of software to be adopted more widely.

>> SDL is an optional intermediate layer kept for practical/compatibility
>> purposes, but all software shall use sndio natively.
> Is pulseaudio supported?  The package is at least in the package
> collection.  If so, then we can choose between pulse and sdl as middle
> man, due to the lack of a sndio backend.  Which of the two should be
> preferred?

I cannot speak definitely for OpenBSD, as I've never installed it
myself. I guess that pulseaudio is more unwanted and not expected at all
as a supported backed.

> cheers,
>   Gerd

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