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  • HDA Intel Audio To Improve A Lot In Linux 3.9 Kernel

    Phoronix: HDA Intel Audio To Improve A Lot In Linux 3.9 Kernel

    With we are only about half-way through the development of the Linux 3.8 kernel, there's already exciting features beginning to enter the development spotlight for Linux 3.9. One of the features coming to the Linux 3.9 kernel will be grand changes to the very common "HDA Intel" audio codec drivers...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTI3ODE

  • #2
    About time ...

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    • #3
      Glad to hear there's a test-suite now, even if it is only rudimentary. At least theres SOME way of testing for regressions at this point. Glad to hear that theres now a generic driver to handle most cards, its kind of necessary with a monolithic kernel really because its not like windows where if we dont have audio at install-time we can just go out and download an .exe package to install the driver.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Pawlerson View Post
        Who cares? Such cards are only usable when your music is nothing, but midi files.
        We should all buy Sound Blaster cards, +1. </sarcasm>

        The Intel HDA audio is good enough for 101.6%* of people.

        * may be inaccurate, ?1.7%

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Pawlerson View Post
          Who cares?
          Notebook users?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Pawlerson View Post
            Even notebook users can use USB sound cards. However, I understand not everyone cares about sound quality.
            I do care for quality, so I bought a dedicated sound card for my desktop. In addition, there are some more devices attached to it for different purposes. But I don't want to carry around extra devices with my notebook, because mobility deceases...which beats the actual purpose of a notebook, doesn't it?

            Still, Intel HDA stinks so much, that I bought an external USB device for my notebook.

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            • #7
              For most people the sound quality is fine. There are still the speakers to be considered, and if they're not very good then even a fantastic sound card won't make high-quality audio sound good.

              I have a pretty good sound card in my desktop, but if I'm on my laptop it's because I want to sit in the lounge or in the pub more than I want the best quality sound or best graphics performance.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Pawlerson View Post
                Even notebook users can use USB sound cards. However, I understand not everyone cares about sound quality.
                intel sound quality is totally fine for the majority of users.

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                • #9
                  The only thing I am concerned about is the loss of fragmentation of the kernel-modules.
                  This may sound strange at first but who guarantees that a generic HDA-driver allows you to disable unneeded features?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Ericg View Post
                    Glad to hear there's a test-suite now, even if it is only rudimentary. At least theres SOME way of testing for regressions at this point. Glad to hear that theres now a generic driver to handle most cards, its kind of necessary with a monolithic kernel really because its not like windows where if we dont have audio at install-time we can just go out and download an .exe package to install the driver.
                    What are you talking about? You can do exactly that. That's why we have kernel modules.

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