There is a package, in the slackware distros, alsa-utils-xxxx.tgz by name, xxxx = some version #, with stuff such as alsamixer, arecordmidi, aplay, etcetera. Are these programs typical of a GNU/Linux O.S. or, on the contrary, few distros include them?
I have being googling and searching wikipedia in order to answer this question, but with no results. On the other hand, I understand ALSA is a main component in linux systems sound/audio subarchitecture(?).
Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (known by the acronym ALSA) is a Linux kernel component ...
But then, utilities associated with ALSA, I bet are a must in a linux system.
Well..., I have just learned ALSA was added for kernel >= 2.5 and at the same time OSS was deprecated! All the more so, then, those applications ought to be typical of a GNU/Linux O.S., I guess. Am I right? All the best.
EDIT: At the risk of being tiresome, I dare ask the analogous question in regard to cdrecord. Is it a main component of most linux systems?