Polypaudio, discussion on gnome-devel

Allan Sandfeld Jensen kde at carewolf.com
Thu Nov 25 10:04:39 GMT 2004

On Thursday 25 November 2004 10:06, Carsten Niehaus wrote:
> Moin moin
> I found this thread on gnome-devel:
> http://mail.gnome.org/archives/desktop-devel-list/2004-November/msg00519.ht
> It's about replacing ESound with polypaudio [1].
> Starting with this mail they talk about sharing the soundserver with KDE.
> http://mail.gnome.org/archives/desktop-devel-list/2004-November/msg00557.ht
> As I haven't found a discussion about polypaudio on this list I thought I
> might as well inform you about that discussion. According to [2] the
> GNOME-ppl will not decide about the soundserver for GNOME 2.10 until Januar
> 10 2005.
Polypaudio has been advertised here as well. I've looked at it and it is 
actually pretty good, but ASFAIK it still hasn't got a gstreamer driver, or 
proven that a synchronized gstreamer driver is even possible.

Currently I have more an idea of a freedesktop.org standard for specifying 
soundserver or output that all frameworks could share or atleast support. e.g 
it could read:
alsa: default
polypaudio: xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:yy
jackd: mychannel
oss: /dev/dsp

If the audio-framework supports the audio-output specified first, it opens the 
output device after the colon.

The point is there is no reason to have a soundserver like polypaudio or artsd 
if  you are only playing audio locally, but being unix desktops we should 
also support network transparency.


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