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It's been a little more than a week since ALSA 1.0.17-rc2 was released, and today the third release candidate has replaced that earlier copy. However, version 1.0.17-rc3 just consists of ALSA driver updates and no changes are to be found with the libraries, utilities, tools, firmware, or plug-ins. There are quite a few changes amongst the various sound cards supported by ALSA. In ALSA 1.0.17-rc3, among the drivers with changes is EMU10K1/EMU10K2 for Creative Labs Sound Blaster cards and CMI8788 Oxygen for the Razer Barracuda AC-1 and other high-end APUs. A new driver has appeared in this ALSA testing release and that is the AK4535 which will work with some APUs common in PDAs and low-profile and low-power devices. The ALSA 1.0.17-rc3 change-log is available from the ALSA Project Wiki.