Ariffs changes two months ago to reduce the latency in the soundsystem also prepared the way for multichannel support and Yuriy added multichannel recording to the emu10kx driver (there are some bugs ATM and it is only a proof of concept to play around with it until we get real multichannel support in the generic sound code). Ryan tries to get some time (let’s cross fingers!) to convert a driver (probably the emu10kx driver) to use the new mixer infrastructure before he has to concentrate on his studies again.
This looks like we could get some very nice stuff this year.
DragonFly synced with a not so current version of our soundsystem. I had a little discussion with them and pointed out some recent improvements and some drivers they missed to sync. They don’t have the man power to participate in large improvements, but I hope for some small benefits like bugfixes or additional PCI IDs. I also pointed out the wiki page, maybe we can get some additional sentences (we are lacking content there, feel free to help out with a sentence or more!) there from them. It doesn’t make sense to split the effort, so I offered to share the page with DFly.
On of the major showstopper bugs in the linux 2.6 emulation is that acroread does not work. Now we have patches (proof of concept by Intron, refined patch by Kib) for it. I didn’t had time to test it yet (mind you, everyone else is not able to run acroread with 2.6, I’m able to run it at least with some files or no file at all), but I want to do an extensive test (I know several ways of killing it with 2.6).
If everything goes well and no other showstopper bug appears, we may be able to request more extensive testing of the 2.6 emulation, at least on i386. First this should be done by asking people to switch, and maybe after a week by switching the default emulation to 2.6 in -current (at least for a while).
This is specially important as the Fedora Legacy project announced that they will abandon support for FC4. FC5+ is not able to run on a 2.4 kernel.
And while I’m at it: I submitted the status report for the linuxulator. It contains some nice statistic about the number of fixed bugs (comparing 6.2 and ‑current). No, I will not tell you in advance, you have to wait some days until the report shows up. 😛
Shaun submitted some patches to the people at Real. It already got a test run on the build system. Reports are, that it looks very good. But it seems Shaun has to fill out some (electronic) paper work before they can accept the patch officially. I don’t know more.