Polypaudio, discussion on gnome-devel

Christian Fredrik Kalager Schaller christian at fluendo.com
Thu Nov 25 18:40:04 GMT 2004

This is turning into a clone of the debate on gnome desktop-devel :)

To summarize that discussion: 
A lot of people feel that ALSA dmix solves the cheap soundcard problem
as good or better than a soundserver (and that other platforms should
get their act together and provide a dmix counterpart for their own


On Thu, 2004-11-25 at 18:14 +0000, Michael Donaghy wrote:
> > 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.
> >
> Don't you need one to be able to play multiple sounds at once on cheap 
> consumer soundcards? I know arts and esd have been the only way I've ever 
> been able to play two sounds at once on my via82c686b.
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