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ALSA 1.0.24 Has Arrived, Bringing Better Linux Audio

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Published on 04 February 2011 08:16 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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ALSA 1.0.23 was released in April 2010 as a major update to the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture, but it's finally been outdone by ALSA 1.0.24. The ALSA 1.0.24 update is also very significant and delivers on quite a number of sound card / audio processor driver improvements.

When looking over the 1.0.24 change-log at ALSA-Project.org, a number of changes stick out.

To the C-Media CMI8788 driver, which is used by a number of high-end sound cards, there is now support for the Xonar HDAV1.3 Slim, Xonar DG, X-Meridian 2G, Kuroutoshikou CMI8787-HG2PCI, and a number of other PCI IDs for different audio adapters. The HiFier driver has also been moved into this driver named snd-oxygen.

While there is finally a Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi ALSA dirver, in ALSA 1.0.24 there's only a single change of little importance.

The HDA codec driver has a number of fixes, support for new adapters (including ALSA support in the new Apple MacBook Air computers and line-in support for the MacBookPro 5,3), and other minor improvements. All HDMI audio modules have also been merged into a single, unified HDMI module. There's plenty of ALSA HDA changes in this release. The HDA Intel driver in this release adds support for the VMware controller and has a number of other fixes too.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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