Jeffrey Nelson just let me know about an awesome project that he put together: LaserShark! Instead of using OpenLase with the hacky sound card output, he put together a proper open DAC board based around an LPC1343 Cortex-M3 microcontroller. I haven’t had a chance to see it in action yet, but considering that the systems I’ve seen so far either use proprietary DACs (that tend to suck) or sound card DACs (with all their problems), I think this is easily the best DAC solution for using OpenLase today.
He also suggested, quite rightly, that moving OpenLase to GitHub will make it easier for others to contribute and that the wiki feature should help put together some reasonable documentation. Thus, I’ve copied the git repo over to GitHub. I haven’t started populating the documentation yet (and knowing my rather unpredictable schedule and project interest I have no idea when I’ll get around to doing so), but if you want to help out, head over to the wiki! Of course, I’ll also gladly take pull requests from anyone hacking on the code