|This OSS version includes a fully functional
driver for RME's DIGI32 family of digital in/out cards, and a beta driver
for the DIGI96 series cards. A 7 day demo can be downloaded at www.opensound.com/download.
More information on the OSS Open Sound System is available at www.opensound.com.
or more specific when using CPUs in x86 technology at www.opensound.com/linux-x86.
Open Sound System (OSS) is the first attempt
in unifying the digital audio architecture for UNIX. OSS is a set of device
drivers that provide a uniform API across all the major UNIX architectures.
It supports Sound Blaster or Windows Sound System compatible sound cards
which can be plugged into any UNIX workstation supporting the ISA or PCI
bus architecture. OSS also supports workstations with on-board digital
Traditionally, each UNIX vendor has provided their own API for processing
digital audio. This meant that applications written to a particular UNIX
audio API had to be re-written or ported, with possible loss of functionality,
to another version of UNIX. Applications written to the OSS API, need
to be designed once and then simply re-compiled on any supported UNIX
architecture. OSS is source code compatible across all the platforms.
Most UNIX workstations, thus far, have only provided support for digital
audio sampling and playback (business audio.) OSS brings the world of
MIDI and electronic music to the workstation environment. With the advent
of streaming audio, speech recognition/generation, computer telephony,
Java and other multimedia technologies, applications on UNIX can now provide
the same audio capabilities as those found on Windows NT, OS/2, Windows
95 and the Macintosh operating systems. OSS also provides synchronized
audio capabilities required for desktop video and animation playback.
System is a product of 4Front Technologies. RME would like to thank
4Front for the trust in our products and the possibility to give Linux
and Unix users a really professional audio hardware.