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Package Stable Release


Development Release Description
Drivers (see (see Kernel drivers
Firmware (alsa-firmware) 1.0.29 none Firmware for cards that require it
Library (alsa-lib) 1.1.8 none Userspace library
Plugins (alsa-plugins) 1.1.8 none Additional library plugins Eg.jack, pulse, maemo ...
Utilities (alsa-utils) 1.1.8 none Utilities aplay,arecord,amixer etc
Tools (alsa-tools) 1.1.7 none Tools
PyALSA (pyalsa) 1.1.6 none Python bindings for ALSA lib
OSS compat lib (alsa-oss) 1.1.8 none OSS compatibility library

See ChangeLogs to find out what has changed since the previous release.

Detailed package descriptions


alsa-driver contains the ALSA components that run in kernel space (e.g. all the modules). It also contains a few user-space components, including the alsasound startup script and a set of ALSA headers.

This package is now obsolete, as is now taking updates to the modules directly from the ALSA GIT server.
The old drivers (alsa-driver) are still available.


alsa-lib contains the user space library that developers compile ALSA applications against.


alsa-utils contains various generic ALSA command line tools, such as amixer, aplay, alsaconf, etc.


alsa-tools contains various more obscure tools and loaders.


alsa-firmware contains binary drivers for various third-party products.


alsa-plugins contains plugins for various ALSA needs (e.g. Jack).


alsa-oss contains the OSS compatibilty layer.


pyalsa contains the Python bindings for ALSA

.bz2 extension handling

The .bz2 extension belongs to the bzip2 compression utility which replaces gzip. You may unpack the .tar.bz2 files directly using one of the following commands:

        using the newer version of tar:
tar -xjf <file>

        or, using the older version of tar:
tar -xIf <file>

        or, with all versions of tar:
bunzip2 -c <file> | tar -xf -

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