On Tue, 2006-07-18 at 12:56 -0700, Toshio Kuratomi wrote: > Two reasons: > 1) None of the other networked sound systems are any better (and some > are worse). Is this really a concern? I thought the concern was sharing the audio hardware. Which is much better solved with ALSA+dmix, which is now enabled by default. > 2) GNOME is more than Linux so any solution has to address more than > just Linux distros. esound is unmaintained. It does not support ALSA. In fact, using the OSS compatibility blocks the usage of ALSA. Anything using esound will prevent ALSA apps from using the audio card. There's an old mailing list post about this that I can't find right now. Killing off OSS has been on the roadmap for a while now. Killing off esound is a part of this. If GNOME wants to make noise, there's much better cross platform APIs available to do it with. In fact, GNOME has already standardized around gstreamer.
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