Subject: Re: RealAudio
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Jaromir Dolecek <>
List: current-users
Date: 10/31/1997 11:13:48
Tom T. Thai wrote:
> get lots of twisting going! :)  I am getting tired of seeing all this
> support out there for Linux and FreeBSD but no native support for NetBSD.

It's not so bad; and it would change now we have high quality audio

> On Thu, 30 Oct 1997, Jeremy Cooper wrote:
> > 
> > > > Anyone run RealAudio on their system?  They have a FreeBSD server,
> > > > but no NetBSD.
> > > 
> > > The server runs long enough to notice that it's not running on the
> > > type of system specified in its license key, then it exits.
> > 
> > My employer is Progressive Network's distributor for RealAudio.  Let me
> > see what kind of arm twisting I can do to get a NetBSD native version
> > produced.  (No promises.)
> > 
> > -J

>From my experience, it's fairly trivial to port audio stuff
to NetBSD.  It's very similar to SunOS (or almost the same ? I've been
playing with audio about half of year ago and SunOS audio code didn't
worked for me out of box). As absolute beginner in programming audio
I've managed to make maplay work in about a hour. And it was
almost the same for splay.
What I like very much is that NetBSD audio is very well documented
and it's fairly easy to find out what to do to make things working.

I've not tried recently added libossaudio. Virtually FreeBSD/Linux
version should be even more easy to port using this.

Note all this is true for -current (or soon-to-come 1.3). NetBSD 1.2
has not had good support for audio. Lennart has done great job
enhancing it. Excellent work, Lennart !

Jaromir Dolecek <>
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