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Audio / Sound

ALSA-Project  - The "Advanced Linux Sound Architecture" provides audio and MIDI functionality to Linux. ALSA has the following significant features: 1. Efficient support for all types of audio interfaces, from consumer soundcards to professional multichannel audio interfaces. 2. Fully modularized sound drivers. 3. SMP and thread-safe design. 4. User space library (alsa-lib) to simplify application programming and provide higher level functionality. 5. Support for the older OSS API, providing binary compatibility for most OSS programs. ALSA is released under the GPL (GNU General Public license) and the LGPL (GNU Lesser General Public License).

ALSA Soundcard Matrix  - ALSA supported audio-cards or chipsets.

Open Sound System  - 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 audio hardware.

OSS Sound Card List  - OSS supported audio- cards or chipsets.

Creative Download Page  - Creative's "Find A Driver" Page.

The Linux Ultra Sound Project  - this project is based on Jaroslav Kysela's low-level driver for the Gravis UltraSound cards. Currently supported cards:
  • Gravis UltraSound
  • Gravis UltraSound 16-bit Daughter Board
  • Gravis UltraSound ACE
  • Gravis UltraSound Extreme
  • Gravis UltraSound Plug & Play
  • Dynasonic 3-D
  • ... and all other InterWave (tm) based cards ...
Sound Cards & Drivers  - is a list of resources. The links there are sorted by the following categories:
  • Primary Resources, Cards & Chipsets
  • Laptop Configurations
  • PC Speaker
  • PCMCIA Audio/MIDI
  • Serial Port MIDI
  • USB Audio/MIDI
  • Various.
SiS Linux FAQ & SiS Download Center.

Linux Aureal Driver  - "We hack on the aureal drivers for vortex to make it more stable and usable".

sam9407  - This package includes a device driver, a command line utility for uploading firmware files and adjusting sam9407 control parameters, a X11 control panel, documentation and various utilities. It should give you support for a number of sam9407 based soundcards under Linux 2.0, 2.2 and 2.4. The device driver has been tested on the ix86 and DEC alpha CPU architectures only.

The following soundcards are supported:
  • Hoontech ST128 Gold & Ruby
  • Hoontech Soundtrack Digital Audio (partly)
  • Guillemot Maxi Sound Home Studio Pro 64, Home studio 2, Dynamic 3D
  • Terratec EWS64 S/L/XL.
The following firmware API's are supported:
  • Terratec EWS64 (ews64_os.bin)
  • Hoontech (hoon4d)
  • Guillemot (g[0-9]*v[0-9]*.bin)
  • Home Studio Recording (homstdr.bin)
VIA Arena - Drivers Section  - This pages offer drivers for boards with VIA chipsets.

VIA Linux Portal  - aims to expand cooperation with open source communities by providing drivers, key documentation and source code for select Linux distributions to technical software developers. Users seeking driver downloads should first check with their Linux distribution vendor or system manufacturer for driver package availability.

Linux nForce Driver  - This page contains drivers and documentation for the nForce chipset. The chipset includes hardware support for IDE disk control, Ethernet networking, audio support, win modem support, and a USB controller. These packages have support for Ethernet networking and basic ACI audio. USB and IDE hardware will work with standard Linux drivers. There is no win modem support.

Bluetooth-alsa  - Bluetooth audio for Linux. This project aims to make bluetooth headsets of all types work well with Linux computers, from a standard desktop to a limited embedded device. The most common use of bluetooth audio is to make a wireless connection to a cellphone. The advanced audio distribution profile, A2DP, provides the basis for high-fidelity audio.

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