Re: Gnome vs. KDE with ALSA
jason kahn wrote:
Please correct me if I am wrong, but in my searching I have concluded
that sound will not work in anything in gnome, unless you have the
proper device set in Desktop > Preferences > Multimedia Systems
Selector, which I gather sets the audio mode for all things inside gnome
that use gstreamer (Which is all, I think). As I said before ESD is the
only output that I can get to work. Still looking, but what I have read
so far says that ESD causes a hell of a processor load, though I have
not noticed anything, but I don't tinker with commands that high level,
I have also read that esd is pretty good in that it can take multiple
programs and send all things to the card, which is what I want, because
I ran kde and could only have one application use sound at a time.
i use gnome on debian sarge witha g4 titanium powerbook (1ghz
processor) and just installed alsa: alsa base and alsa mixer.
i can now use alsa with pd (a sound application) but i cannot seem to
use alsa with anything else (cd players, etc).
furthermore, with an initial install of sarge (before installing alsa)
i had no sound at all. i could not figure out how to get this working.
i've also installed jack. i can start the jack server, but when i try
to use other applications, such as ardour, i get the message that jack
is already being used by another application.
has anyone else encountered these problems and found a solution?
thanks very much.
This is an opinion question, I am wondering who on this list uses
Gnome and who uses KDE, I like the simplistic look of gnome, which is
why I switched to gnome, but however one thing that is really
important to me is sound.
Googling it, I have found very little literature on that subject, and
the only output I have been able to produce sound with is esd. ALSA
and OSS sinks both give me 'unable to construct test pipe' and artsd
runs the test with no audio, sound in mol is broken now, with a
report of "OSS sound device unavailable (will be used anyway)
OSS sound driver"
So I do not know whether MOL cannot use OSS, and/or whether esd just
takes total control of /dev/dsp, which I have read a little bit about.
This is making me want to switch back to KDE, but I must ask, is ALSA
possible in gnome?
Another thing I am trying to find is a way to get esd to share the sound
card. I read a while back that it was possible for you to set the
daemon so that it would "share" the given audio device, and I am
thinking that that would (maybe) help in things like mol and such that
need OSS or alsa.
Hope this helps