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Re: if I were a newbie how would I get sound?

On Mon, Dec 18, 2006 at 02:37:54AM -0300, Felipe Sateler wrote:
> Douglas Tutty wrote:
> > Before I poked around the usual way I wanted to make sure there was no
> > new snazzy sound auto setup.  It seems there isn't.
> There isn't... but you shouldn't need one. Alsa should work after you run
> alsaconf.
> > I'm not sure why nothing depends on alsa packages.  It seems strange
> > (from a newbie perspective) that one could install a CD player and not
> > get the package that's necessary to actually hear the CD.
> Lots of stuff depend on alsa. apt-cache rdepends libasound2 shows 218
> packages in my sid box (although I have some non official debian
> repositories). Also, lots of players don't really need alsa, but rather
> need a sound engine, such as gstreamer or xine, which in turn needs alsa.
> So the dependency would be indirect. On the other hand, other apps use OSS,
> but alsa provides a compatibility layer, so they will work too.
> Remember that alsa is made of lots of parts: kernel modules, the user
> interface libraries and some client tools. That's why noone depends on the
> alsa-* packages.
It just seems like it should be as easy get something to make sound as
it is to get Xorg working.  Perhaps it would have been if I'd installed
the whole desktop environment bloat.  


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