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Wine HQ: Interview with Eric Pouech

May 08, 2003, 08:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Vincent)

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"BV: You've worked a lot on Wine's multimedia architecture. What parts do you really like?

"Eric: There's actually no part I like more or less. After fixing a bit the MIDI playback, I wanted to be sure that I got it right, so I started testing some more multimedia apps, which showed lots of flaws in Wine (unimplemented features, need for architecture improvement), so I kept on going...

"BV: Last year you wrote ALSA driver. What advantages does ALSA offer over OSS?

"Eric: Not exactly. Marco Pietrobono and David Hammerton did most of the work. I gave them a hand on some implementation details. Marco wrote most of the audio part on ALSA 0.9. But the mixer and midi pieces are still missing in the current ALSA driver.

"From a technical point of view, ALSA is a better defined interface (for example, there are lots of cards which don't behave in the same way to the same API, which can give you a lot of head-aches). From a driver implementation point of view, ALSA's shall be a bit cleaner than OSS but we should end up with the same results. There's still one area which is currently not well covered by Wine ALSA driver..."

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