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Ubuntu Unleashed 2014 Edition: Covering 13.10 and 14.04,Ninth Edition by Paul Hudson, Andrew Hudson, Matthew Helmke

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Sound Cards

Ubuntu supports a wide variety of sound hardware and software. Two models of sound card drivers compete for prominence in today’s market:

Image ALSA, the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture, which is entirely open source

Image OSS, the Open Sound System, which offers free and commercial drivers

Ubuntu uses ALSA because ALSA is the sound architecture for the 2.6 series, and now the 3.x series, of kernels. OSS might still be found here and there, but it is no longer in widespread use and should be considered deprecated.

ALSA supports a long list of ...

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