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Why do you need OSS? It's depreciated, and just about every distro supports ALSA now.
As for MIDI...pretty much every sound card can have MIDI in Linux, though, through virtualization for some. For example, I use an onboard AC97 card, which has no MIDI until I load the proper module. Then it's great. It also sounds better with the ALSA driver than with OSS.
The AWE32 is a fantastic card; I wish I could use mine right now, but it's ISA. I don't know if they ever made PCI AWE32s. There was a PCI AWE64, however. You can also get the Live and SB16 as you said...I would recommend the Live between those two (the 16 has a lackluster MIDI chip).
Me thinks he is talking about the MIDI port, not MIDI output...
Last time I compiled kernel I saw a bit of settings for configing MIDI port for emu10k chip (SB Live line). I didn't try it, but my guess it is supported better than most of the other stuff out there.
My guess, if you really intend to use MIDI for what it's worth, go SB Live:
- been around, much supported on Windows and Linux.
- Exceptionally cleaner analog out. (compared to what you mentioned.)
- Loadable "soundfonts" for MIDI are better than much of the comodity stuff out there.
One thing I dont understand, why go for (free version of) OSS. All the good stuff is in the commercial package. And even that is not much better than ALSA.