Rodney D. Myers wrote:
ALSA was fairly straight forward once I found enough info on the web, but getting simultaneous sounds when running xmms & gaim is still a work in progress.
They are both probably trying to use the OSS emulation to play their sounds. It's easy to reconfigure xmms to use native ALSA via the "Audio I/O plugins" tab in the Options/Preferences menu item. I'm not sure what you would have to do to get gaim to use ALSA natively.