Although initially hailed as an “alternative to DirectX”, OpenML (being developed by the Khronos group, an alliance of several large computer industry vendors) is now appearing to be less of an “open” media library than its name would indicate. Initially, Mitch Allmond wrote in to the OpenAL newsgroup to comment on the proposed API:
Actually, this whole Khronos/OpenML thing is looking really bad for linuxusers. For one, the groups that are doing OpenML are planning on making itclosed source and developers will be required to pay for a license to getthe SDK. Second, they do not plan on using OpenAL at all. Third, this willcause major problems with linux and mesa. If things continue the way theyare going, I see this as hurting linux and setting it back further than whatit currently is. We all need to voice out our opinions to them now beforeit’s to late.
Loki president Scott Draeker sent this in response to the list:
The more I hear about OpenML, the more convinced I become that OpenAL isnecessary. Not only will the OpenML license likely be closed source androyalty based, but they aren’t even scheduled to have an API until 2001.
Of course we’ll continue to communicate with the Khronos group, andhopefully they’ll come around on these important issues.