On Sat, Nov 07, 2009 at 11:04:15AM +0100, Arnold Krille wrote:
Well, yes, of course there are alternatives: run Windoze, which is what these bastards want to force us to do, isn't it?
*sigh*. Haven't we already gone through this struggle before, with 3D video cards, and WiFi cards, and webcams, and input devices, just about every possible peice of computer hardware? In the last decade that I've been using Linux, I've seen this same problem come up again and again... and also seen it solved again and again.
It's getting tedious, but, at the same time, it's not a new problem and since it's been solved before, there are ready answers and a suite of different solutions that have worked before, including: pressuring the manufacturers, reverse-engineering, NDIS/Wine, negotiations and payments, etc.
Unless of course some enterprising hardware engineer wants to create an open-source, fully-documented USB2 audio interface, knowing they'd have a ready market in the couple dozen or so LAU members.
Hmm, come to think of it, that might be an interesting project. Take apart a commercial, unsupported USB2 audio interface, see what chips they're using, look up the data sheets for those chips, and design an interface along similar lines, but open up the USB2 interface so that a Linux GPL driver can be written for it. These things can't be marvels of engineering amazingness: they're cheap, mass-produced products. Just off the top I'd be willing to bet that all of them use the exact same chipset, which does all the work anyway, and the products are different mostly in packaging and branding.
> PCCards are usually limited to one per laptop.