> but from my experience at least,
That could well be true, outside the specialist distros.
> At least RedHat's default kernels in
I don't think a default kernel in a general purpose distro would ever satisfy
the serious audio user - too many conflicts with the needs of server owners?
I'm keen to give the Mandrake 9.1 multimedia kernel a go - looks like it's got
all the features we'd need, including capabilities.
> If you want to use the latest version of ALSA, you still need to have
Sure, but most users are going to stick with whatever version comes with the
distro, if their soundcard works.
> I would rather have a
You can, because you know how - isn't free software great?