ALSA is a low-level interface to the sound cards. If you are building your own sound server system or writing device drivers, then you will be interested in ALSA. It sits at the bottom of most of the current Linux systems, so to understand them, you may need to understand aspects of ALSA. If you are not interested, you can move on.
© Jan Newmarch 2017
Jan Newmarch, Linux Sound Programming, 10.1007/978-1-4842-2496-0_5
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