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Bug#473128: ITP: openal-soft -- linux-port of the windows implementation of the cross-platform 3D-audio library OpenAL

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   Package name: openal-soft
        Version: 1.3.253
Upstream Author: 
            URL: http://kcat.strangesoft.net/openal.html
        License: GPL
    Description: A portable library for 3D spatialized audio

OpenAL Soft is a cross-platform software implementation of the OpenAL
3D audio API. It's built off of the open-sourced Windows version
available originally from the SVN repository at openal.org. OpenAL
provides capabilities for playing audio in a virtual 3d environment.
Distance attenuation, doppler shift, and directional sound emitters are
among the features handled by the API. More advanced effects, including
air absorption, low-pass filters, and reverb, are available through the
EFX extension. It also facilitates streaming audio, multi-channel
buffers, and audio capture.

This library is meant as a compatible update/replacement to the OpenAL
Sample Implementation (the SI). The SI has been unmaintained for quite
a while, and would require a lot of work to clean up.

OpenAL Soft supports mono, stereo, 4-channel, 5.1, 6.1, and 7.1 output,
as opposed to the SI's 4-channel max (though it did have some
provisions for 6 channel, this was not 5.1, and was seemingly a "late"
addition). OpenAL Soft does not support the Vorbis and MP3 extensions,
however those were considered deprecated even in the SI. It does,
though, support some of the newer extensions like AL_EXT_FLOAT32 and
AL_EXT_MCFORMATS for multi-channel and floating-point formats, as well
as ALC_EXT_EFX for environmental audio effects, and others.

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