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Linux Journal: Linux: It Sounds Good to Me

Dec 04, 2003, 13:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Phillips)

"Okay, on to the reasons for this column. I intend to report on various activities and developments in the rapidly evolving world of Linux audio. To most normal users perhaps the term audio software simply means programs to play MP3 and Ogg files or applications that necessarily have something to do with audio, such as CD and DVD players. Although I'll certainly write about such software, I'll also present views of work being done in such fields as MIDI software, telephony, network audio, digital DJing, professional sound recording and many others. I hope you enjoy the column, and I invite all readers to write to me with comments and suggestions.

"Out of all my involvements with Linux audio, perhaps my greatest source of pride is to have been a founding member of the Linux Audio Development group. I should make it very clear to my readers that I'm no coder: I have an amateur's knowledge of C, Lisp and Tcl/Tk, but I've never written a substantial audio application, nor do I plan to. However, since my first days in Linux I've been in direct contact with developers of such applications, often in the combined roles of bug-hunter and beta-tester. Since 1996 I've made the acquaintance of almost every developer working on Linux audio software. In 1998, a group of developers and users decided to declare themselves the official Linux Audio Development (LAD) group. At that time the group included about a dozen members, but by December 2003 the group's membership list has grown to more than 600 participants and lurkers..."

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