And yes, it looks like quite a lot of people who attended the FSG face2face summit also attended the DAM, what a surprise 😉
Today fortunately the German IT news heise.de posted the news that the slides of this meeting are released to the public. Btw., have I already said that I’m *really* happy that heise.de exists? It already happened quite often that they reported about important IT news which all the other media missed (like slashdot, osnews, etc.).
Anyway. The slides are straight forward and progressive. The current problems identified are hardware support (in the terms of writing drivers if you are an ISV), cross desktop development (the area Portland addresses) and Multimedia.
While the first two were not surprising at all, the fact that software installation was hardly covered at all is confusing to me, but that is maybe because there was a software meeting just a day before. But the multimedia part was also surprising: sure, that there is a DRM problem and that Linux has some codecs problems is obvious, but there was also a problem identified with Audio:
- Audio on Linux sucks. Developers don’t know which interface to use.
- No clear vision from kernel, distros, or application developers.
- Problems: CODECs, configuration, multiple apps through HW device
- APIs needed for integrating audio applications
- No venue to discuss audio
- Professional vs consumer
I thought the audio situation is quite clear? I mean, we have Alsa, and OSS is officially obsolete (for Linux at least), so where is the problem?
But I’m not an audio guy, and I think I miss the point here. And since there are good plans to get rid of the problem (talking to ISVs, making a face2face audio summit, create use cases) I’m confident that we will see a lot of improvements in the next months.
Last but not least I want to quote the solution to DRM favoured by the meeting: Hoping/waiting for DRM to die. I like that!