Re: Gnome vs. KDE with ALSA
jason kahn wrote:
OK, I don't know if this will work for you, but I managed to get OSS
working in gnome by renaming esd, so that nothing would start the
daemon, and switching Multimedia Sound Selector to OSS. For me that
takes care of RhythmBox, a program in GNOME that uses gstreamer, and
also MOL which now uses ALSA. In the Default GNOME install I think
something starts up ESD which is why nothing else can use the audio device.
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?
Although giving a second reading to your message this soudns less and
less like the symptoms of what I was having. My first question to you
is does the user you are using have write priveledges to the audio
device? (mine does though the audio group) Also I am not using Sarge,
I am using SID, and I think the gnome I used with Sarge was 2.8, and the
one I am using in 2.10.1 which a friend of mine, who worked on gnome for
a while, recommended to me, and in reading about it, 2.10.1 is supposed
to fix quite a few bugs in 2.10. Ofcourse whether the Debian packages
are very much altered I do not know, I also do have the experimental
tree active in my sources.list and also
http://pkg-gnome.alioth.debian.org/debian experimental main which I
found on the web for GNOME 2.10 pending packages, which I also may have
some of, IDK