FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
4FRONT TECHNOLOGIES RELEASES THE SOURCE CODE FOR OPEN SOUND SYSTEM
CULVER CITY, CA, June 14, 2007: 4Front Technologies is proud to announce
the release of the source code to Open Sound System (OSS) v4.0. The software
currently runs on Linux, Solaris., SCO UnixWare. and FreeBSD platforms.
OSS is a cross platform API that provides drivers for most consumer and
professional audio devices for UNIX� and POSIX based operating systems,
including Linux. Owing to its open architecture, applications developed on
one supporting operating system platform can be easily recompiled on any other
Open Sound System is now available under 3 licenses:
o GNU Public License (GPL) version 2
o Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL) for all operating
systems that have full source code available under the BSD or CDDL
o 4Front.s commercial license for using Open Sound incompatible with
open source licenses listed above. Commercial licenses are also
available for entities not wishing to use Open Sound System under any
of the above open source licenses
What is being open sourced?
The source code includes drivers for most consumer PCI and USB audio devices
and operating system support, including binary package generation and sample
test programs. Complete documentation and API specification is also being made
available to the open source community.
A device driver kit (DDK) is also available for developers to implement cross
platform device drivers for audio hardware. This eliminates lot of redundant
work that has traditionally been required to support any hardware under multiple
Unix/POSIX operating systems.
Reasons for going Open Source:
OSS has been an open API specification with multiple implementations by
independent developer communities. This has caused problems for application
designers because there are minor differences between the implementations. The
new open source community development model makes it possible to replace the
obsolete and incompatible vendor specific sound subsystems and OSS
implementations with a state-of-the-art implementation developed by 4Front
Technologies. The goal has always been to standardize audio under POSIX
compliant systems and this includes real time operating systems and embedded
systems as well.
"We are open sourcing OSS because this provides a great opportunity for
different communities to work together to provide wider audio hardware support
for all operating systems." said Hannu Savolainen, CTO and chief architect of
Open Sound System.
"It's great to see 4Front releasing OSS under the Common Development and
Distribution License (CDDL). It's something the OpenSolaris.community welcomes,
and it provides an opportunity to improve sound support for all OpenSolaris
distributions," says Stephen Lau, OpenSolaris board member.
"Fluendo is excited to see the open source release of 4Front Technologies
advanced OSS implementation for UNIX� and Linux. Getting a unified and advanced
sound system across all major UNIX� and Linux variants will be a big advantage
for developers. We look forward to working together with 4Front Technologies to
make sure the GStreamer multimedia framework and the Open Sound System
integrates perfectly with each other", says Fluendo Business Development
Manager Christian F.K. Schaller.
"With a long history of successful collaboration with 4Front, Creative looks
forward to working with the Open Sound System community in ensuring that
Creative Sound Blaster Live! and Sound Blaster Audigy sound cards have stable
and well-supported drivers on Linux, Solaris and BSD. The open source release
of Open Sound certainly helps our goal in providing cross-platform support for
our products," said George Thorn, director of digital media relations for
Community Portal :
A new web site with source code, API specs and forums for the developer
community has been opened at http://developer.opensound.com
. For more
information and to download the binary distributions of Open Sound System,
visit 4Front's WWW site at http://www.opensound.com
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