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Old 07-23-2011, 01:58 PM   #1
JanVYW
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Question What happened to the OSS modules?


Sid went stable with a note that the oss modules had been moved to non-free. But non-free where? In the standard respository, in debian-multimedia (which I only learnt about a couple of weeks ago), or somewhere else and in what package? Last time I looked at debian.org I couldn't recognize anything.

Some modules including the term oss definitely are present but boot-up looks for opendir and can't find it. Does something need to be changed there, and where might it be?

Could it be that an initial bungle installing sound drivers has cancelled further installation search? There is a problem with zoneminder but I can't see that interfering with sound installation.
 
Old 07-24-2011, 01:43 PM   #2
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Sid is the unstable distribution, it has not gone stable. You are referring to squeeze, I think? OSS has been superceded by ALSA.

http://wiki.debian.org/OSS
http://wiki.debian.org/ALSA

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Sid is the unstable distribution, it has not gone stable. You are referring to squeeze, I think? OSS has been superceded by ALSA.

http://wiki.debian.org/OSS
http://wiki.debian.org/ALSA
 
Old 07-24-2011, 06:21 PM   #3
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If they said it was moved to non-free it would be in the standard Debian non-free repository
 
Old 07-25-2011, 04:04 PM   #4
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Sid is the unstable distribution, it has not gone stable. You are referring to squeeze, I think? OSS has been superceded by ALSA.

http://wiki.debian.org/OSS
http://wiki.debian.org/ALSA

---------- Post added 24-07-11 at 19:43 ----------

Sid is the unstable distribution, it has not gone stable. You are referring to squeeze, I think? OSS has been superceded by ALSA.

http://wiki.debian.org/OSS
http://wiki.debian.org/ALSA
Yes, thank you - my misunderstanding of how the name Sid works but I could not at the time remember that it's Squeeze and Wheezy.

What I can get from Debian sites including the ones you link to, is confusing. They give ALSA as the Linux standard and show it included with Lenny but OSS4 as the FreeBSD standard of which they say Squeeze contains a technical preview and list it and not ALSA as part of Squeeze. The wording is a bit ambiguous as to whether these include the actual card drivers or are front ends to a lower level. Alsactl init (?) couldn't find any card at all. According to Windows it is Sigma Tel Audio.

There was an extensive discussion about losing sound in a pure Squeeze system two years ago but it looks as if that problem was a changed mixer default. At present, the mixer is set to Dummy with no options.

I wonder if there is an ALSA-OSS clash or a boot sequence setting changed to default without non-free drivers. You have at least given me some directions to poke around in, which has given an idea of what sort of problem might be at the heart of it.
 
  


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