Paul Davis is the original author of the JACK Audio Connection Kit and the primary author and architect of the open source digital audio workstation “Ardour”. He has worked full time on libre audio and MIDI software for 10 years, initially funded by his adventures starting Amazon.com, and later by corporate and user support which continues to pay his income today. Paul also contributed to the design of ALSA, and wrote device drivers for a couple of high end audio interfaces now widely used on Linux by pro-audio users. He has been an invited speaker at many FOSS conferences and participated in the first two Linux Architects meetings in Portland.
Proposals for this user
The Linux audio environment is a mess. Everybody who develops Linux audio software knows this; anybody who uses anything more than basic desktop playback applications (and maybe even just that) knows this too. How did things get to be this way? Can it be solved? What is required to solve it? This talk will be less of a presentation of novel technical material and will instead focus more on the differences (and similarities) between Linux, OS X and Windows and how this has affected the audio environment on each platform.