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The news is a bit late, but ALSA (the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) is out with its first release candidate in the 1.0.15 series. Since the release of ALSA 1.0.14, this new sound driver release introduces a great deal of changes. There are some alsa-lib, alsa-plugins, alsa-utils, and alsa-firmware changes in this release, but most of the work (as would be expected) is done to the ALSA core drivers. In fact, there is quite a number of driver changes in ALSA 1.0.15-rc1. One of the interesting improvements in ALSA is support for the C-Media Oxygen HD CMI8788, which is a high-end audio processor used by such sound cards as the Razer Barracuda AC-1. The various HDA (High Definition Audio) drivers have also received updates and bug fixes. Find out more on the ALSA 1.0.15-rc1 change-log.