"During the 2.5 development cycle, ALSA, the Advanced Linux
Sound Architecture was merged into the Linux kernel. At that time,
support for OSS, the Open Sound System was marked as deprecated. A
recent thread on the lkml discussed the future of OSS, questioning
if it is worth fixing issues with now deprecated OSS drivers.
"On one side of the debate, some feel that it doesn't make sense
to throw away a functional subsystem with willing maintainers,
especially when there are some soundcards that are currently only
supported by OSS. On the other side, some feel it doesn't make
sense to support two code bases that accomplish the same thing,
suggesting all effort currently invested in fixing OSS drivers
should be refocused to writing and fixing ALSA drivers. Some of the
advantages that ALSA has over OSS are listed here..."