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I decided to post a little introduction to myself here: Ask me who I was last March, and I would have had WinBloze 7 Beta on my main computer and would have been part of Micro$uck's test project for WinBloze 7 and would have been excited about it. However, that changed as soon as my network adapter changed and the new one worked with Linux. As soon as I tested the new adapter with Mint (I'd say about a year ago, in July 2009) I began to really value Linux for what it is.

However, I knew about Linux long before that. I started with gOS 2, which was my first distro. I had tried it back in about February 2008. I first learned about Linux back in mid-2007, from an article in PCMag that spanned several pages. I had quite a hard time back then, and Ubuntu Hardy was no different than gOS.

So then what took me so long from knowing about Linux to finally becoming an active user? My house was nothing but Wi-Fi. My mother set a secure wireless network up back then, and I couldn't connect to it because my adapter (Linksys WUSB54GSC) wasn't recognized by Linux. I had the patience to continue.

Then, in June 2008, my family got hit by the economic collapse here in the USA: The mortgage on my old house doubled and my family had to leave because of the rate increase. So, we were stuck in a hotel room until my family and I could end up in a new house. That Christmas, I wanted a netbook, and got my wish (the one I'm typing on, an Acer Aspire One AOA110-1545). It came with Linux preinstalled, and I liked it all around.

From then to June 2009, I still had WinBloze on my desktop, as Linux still didn't work with my wireless network adapter. Then, in June 2009 as I said, I got a new wireless network adapter, and in July decided to test it with Linux Mint 7. It worked, even from the Live CD! Now,

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The All New Proprietary Software vs. FOSS MegaSuperEntry

Posted 09-29-2010 at 02:11 AM by Kenny_Strawn

You could consider this the boxing ring of my blog: the place to flame away about FOSS (if you're on its side) or proprietary software (if you're on its side).

Please, however: Nothing risqué. No profanity (even if disguised), no images promoting violence against another member, and absolutely NO MALICIOUS CODE, especially if for Linux (and for Windows even, thanks to Jeremy). LQ is to remain a safe, comfortable, bully- and troll-free place for Linux users, and this blog is no exception. So keep it clean.

As for my input: I personally am on the FOSS side all the way, as most of you already know.
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    Alas, very few FOSS projects have a reasonable QA process. For example, ALSA users list is full of "it used to work with previous ALSA release, but doesn't work anymore". Also, a recent Linux x86_64 security blunder - a patch that fixed a security vulnerability a few years ago somehow got omitted in RH x86_64 kernels.
    Posted 10-04-2010 at 03:49 PM by Sergei Steshenko Sergei Steshenko is offline
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    Yeah, that's why I use PulseAudio and not ALSA. And as far as the security blunder, I use 32-bit Linux (on an Intel Atom netbook that doesn't support 64-bit operating systems), so that's not an issue either.
    Posted 10-06-2010 at 06:38 PM by Kenny_Strawn Kenny_Strawn is offline
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    Originally Posted by Kenny_Strawn View Comment
    Yeah, that's why I use PulseAudio and not ALSA. And as far as the security blunder, I use 32-bit Linux (on an Intel Atom netbook that doesn't support 64-bit operating systems), so that's not an issue either.
    You are still using ALSA - through PulseAudio. I.e. the soundcard audio driver is ALSA prerogative.
    Posted 10-07-2010 at 08:09 PM by Sergei Steshenko Sergei Steshenko is offline
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    Yes, and I currently have no problems with the forked ALSA that Pulse provides.
    Posted 10-07-2010 at 10:28 PM by Kenny_Strawn Kenny_Strawn is offline
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    Originally Posted by Kenny_Strawn View Comment
    Yes, and I currently have no problems with the forked ALSA that Pulse provides.
    There is no forked ALSA. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PulseAudio :


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    PulseAudio is a sound server, a background process accepting sound input from one or more sources (processes or capture devices) and redirecting it to one or more sinks (sound cards, remote network PulseAudio servers, or other processes).

    One of the goals of PulseAudio is to reroute all sound streams through it, including those from processes that attempt to directly access the hardware (like legacy OSS applications). PulseAudio achieves this by providing adapters to applications using other audio systems, like aRts and ESD.

    In a typical installation scenario under Linux, the user configures ALSA to use a virtual device provided by PulseAudio. Thus, applications using ALSA will output sound to PulseAudio, which then uses ALSA itself to access the real sound card.
    .

    I.e. if ALSA folks screw up something in the driver you are using, you are screwed up regardless of PulseAudio.
    Posted 10-07-2010 at 10:42 PM by Sergei Steshenko Sergei Steshenko is offline
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    Okay, if it's really ALSA, I have it good off then.

    However, I currently have only been able to use ALSA on my desktop through PulseAudio, not otherwise. There must be some user-level driver that Pulse provides on top of ALSA, because Pulse couldn't work on the vast variety of hardware it supports without some userspace ALSA front end.
    Posted 10-08-2010 at 10:49 AM by Kenny_Strawn Kenny_Strawn is offline
  7. Old Comment
    No malicious code? What an ironic 180°.
    Posted 11-15-2010 at 09:45 AM by lupusarcanus lupusarcanus is offline
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    No malicious code? What an ironic 180°.
    My last malicious code posted here is now several months old. I've strayed clear away from it, you know that.
    Posted 11-17-2010 at 01:30 AM by Kenny_Strawn Kenny_Strawn is offline
 

  



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