Hello, There is a new library for the OpenAL API which is called OpenAL Soft. This new library is OpenAL 1.1 compliant, and is considered the replacement for the deprecated OpenAL SI (openal-0.0.8). Below are some links with the discussions from upstream about this. http://opensource.creative.com/pipermail/openal-devel/2007-December/004977.html http://opensource.creative.com/pipermail/openal/2008-February/010981.html http://opensource.creative.com/pipermail/openal/2008-March/011019.html http://opensource.creative.com/pipermail/openal/2008-April/011073.html http://opensource.creative.com/pipermail/openal-devel/2008-May/005176.html I am writing to you all because I want your help in testing packages that build and/or run using the new library. The goal of the Debian Games Team is to include the OpenAL Soft library in unstable, in time for release with Lenny. I have already packaged openal-soft for inclusion in experimental. You can download them from mentors.debian.net. - dget http://mentors.debian.net/debian/pool/main/o/openal-soft/openal-soft_1.3.253-1~experimental0.dsc I have done some tests of my own. Almost every package I tested worked with the openal-soft packages without the need to make any changes. The packages that did need a change were funguloids and chromium. boson is the only package I know of that needs a fix (no sound with openal-soft) although none has been found so far. The list of packages that I tested which build and ran fine with no changes are: glest supertuxkart antigravitaattori (source: antigrav) scorched3d xpilot-ng-client-sdl (source: xpilot-ng) xpilot-ng-client-x11 (source: xpilot-ng) flightgear (and dependency simgear) simgear vegastrike (version in unstable) warzone2100 trigger openarena btanks supertux (version in experimental) tremulous torcs mplayer ogreal (only in Debian games team svn) warsow If you test the openal-soft packages, please leave any feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com. -- Regards, Andres
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