On Monday 02 Feb 2004 8:32 pm, Marek Peteraj wrote:
So not about music and sound in general?
All I'm saying is (as has been said before several times) "Linux
Audio" is not such an obvious name for a mixed bag of music stuff as
you think it is. Indeed, a lot of people interested in the sort of
thing you appear to be talking about wanting to promote would be
actively put off by the fact that the name suggests something
exclusively about audio -- just as I didn't subscribe to LAD until a
couple of years ago because I wasn't working on audio software,
despite working actively on music and MIDI applications. I am
equally reticent about recommending that friends with an interest in
music composition or recording should check out LAU.
Linuxaudio.org as the current consortium does not have a problem with
this, because it's targeting the same mixed bag of stuff specifically
at the audio industry, not at an equally mixed bag of end users. I
think it's a good name, not least because of the suggestion of
serious engineering -- the same reason as there are so many sound
hardware companies called this-and-that-audio as you pointed out.
Anyway, this is not particularly germane. Most of the people here are
indeed interested in audio -- as am I, just not to the exclusion of
everything else. And audio is a useful generic word when you want to
distinguish yourself from e.g. music swapping apps (although less
useful when you want to distinguish yourself from e.g. game sound
engines). I just don't believe that the word has the same ringing
rightness to the rest of the world that it has to you.