[PD] [OT] next Linux kernel and Hammerfall cards

Johannes M Zmoelnig zmoelnig at iem.kug.ac.at
Wed Nov 19 19:02:37 CET 2003

On Wed, 19 Nov 2003 julien.breval at tremplin-utc.net wrote:
> hello
> some time ago I read that the next Linux kernel (current version is 2.4.x) will 
> originally include the latest ALSA driver as the generic sound driver (maybe 
> OSS will be abandonned)
> do you know when this kernel (2.5) is released ? I could not find any 
> information about this

2.5 will never be released, as it is the development branch of the kernel
(note the odd number 5)
the next stable kernel will be 2.6 (note the even number 6) and it is
almost released: the latest kernel in debian-unstable is 2.6.0-test9. the
first release of the new kernel will be 2.6.1

> I'm very interested in this new kernel, because currently the most recent 
> Hammerfall sound cards (like mine) are not directly compatible with the ALSA 
> driver anymore (hdsploader problem, related to the RME Hammerfall PCI hardware 
> revision v1.8 and higher whose firmwares are not downgradable)
> I saw there are new versions of the ALSA driver too, but I haven't tested them 
> yet (maybe this RME problem was corrected ; I should try installing these new 
> drivers)
> On planetCCRMA, the ALSA driver is still 0.9.6, I remember the hdsp problem 
> remained with this version (there was a solution provided by Thomas Charbonnel, 
> consisting in the new hdsploader (that was NOT included in alsa-0.9.6), but I 
> didn't have the time to install it properly and now I have forgotten all 
> information about it)
> is there anyone on this list who uses a recent Hammerfall dsp sound card under 
> Linux ? when did you buy your card ?

well winfried has written the alsa-drivers for the new hdsp (the one with
64 in/out-channels), and i guess he fixed a lot of bugs with the old
i am not sure, whether they will make it into the frist


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