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An [Acronym] with multiple meanings:
* OpenSource __S__oftware
* OpenSource __S__ociety, à la [NZOSS|http://www.nzoss.org.nz/]
__O__pen __S__ound __S__ystem: the older [Linux] sound architecture, being phased out in favour of [ALSA].
[OSS] is also a commercial system for audio drivers for Unix, written by 4Front Technologies (http://www.opensound.com). There is a [GPL] implementation of the OSS libraries as well as drivers for many sound cards. (This is called OSS/Free and was originally contributed to by 4Front. Their website says "There is no affiliation between OSS/Free and OSS/Linux anymore except that they are both OSS compatible."). These [GPL]'d drivers are in the LinuxKernel (2.0 and later).
In recent [news | http://www.opensolaris.org/jive/thread.jspa?threadID=32401&tstart=] 4Front have announced that their version of OSS will be released under the [GPL] for [Linux] and [BSD] and the [CDDL] for [Solaris]