Installing Open Sound System
Thank you for selecting Open Sound System. This document tells how to install
OSS quickly and easily. Since there are minor differences between various
operating system supported by OSS it's recommended that you take a look
at the operating system specific release notes too (this will be explained
Open Sound System is not freeware but commercial product. The software
itself is freely downloadable from our web site. However it needs a run
time license to work. The software package itself contains a time limited
evaluation license which installs automatically. To remove the time limit
you will need to purchase a permanent license from our web
site or any of our official distributors.
If you have already ordered the permament license it should have been
sent to the E-mail address you given. You need to install the license as
instructed in the license message.
Downloading the software package
It is very important to download the OSS installation package using binary
transfers. Under Netscape you need to hold down the shift key while clicking
the download link. Also make sure you use binary transfers if you need
to move the downloaded file to a different system after download.
Preparing to install OSS
Since Open Sound System is a device driver only the super user (root)
can install it. In case you don't have root access to the system you should
ask the system administrator to install OSS.
You need to move the downloaded installation package to the /tmp directory
of the target system (the machine where you are installing OSS). In case
you are upgrading from an earlier OSS installation you should not remove
any existing OSS files from the system.
The name of the installation package may have changed during the download
(in particular if you did the download using a Windows machine). In any
case the name should be something like ossNNNVVV.tar.gz or ossNNNVVV_tar.gz. Write down the actual filename
(for example osslinux394g-univ.tar.gz) while downloading the package.
Performing the installation/upgrade
In short the installation procedure is the following provided that the
downloaded installation package is in /tmp (you should move it there).
We use ossNNNVVV.tar.gz as the name in this example. You should
use the actual name of the file you downloaded in place of ossNNNVVV.tar.gz during the installation.
After this step you should have files
oss-install, INSTALL and oss.pkg in your /tmp directory. If you got any
error messages during the previous steps you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Make sure you are signed on to the system
as root. You may also use the "su -" command.
This step shows name of the actual
downloaded installation package. If you get a No such file or directory
error message, please return to the beginning of this document.
should give a file named ossNNNVVV.tar (without the .gz suffix). If there is no gunzip utility in your system you should download and install the gzip package from ftp.gnu.org
tar xvf ossNNNVVV.tar
The INSTALL file contains more detailed
installation instructions and you may take a look at it if the remaining
steps fail. To complete the installation you need to perform the following
At this point the installation program starts. It shows the OSS license
terms which you should accept before proceeding. Also the operating system
specific release notes will be shown at this point. Please read them carefully
Since you are about to install a new
device driver it's highly recommended that you do this when there are no
other users or important background tasks running in the system. In some
systems installing OSS may require rebooting of the machine.
chmod +x oss-install
The installation procedure is fully automated. Please follow the instructions
given by the installation program. If anything goes wrong you can take
a look at the Readme file in the directory you selected for installation
(the default is /usr/lib/oss). More instructions are given in
the docs/ subdirectory. Any error messages during the installation will
be recorded in the *.log files in the installation directory.
If you have problems with the installation you can fill our support
More information about Open Sound System is available at www.opensound.com.