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Re: top panel

Callum Lerwick wrote:
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.

Personal desktops are fine with ALSA doing sound mixing by default atleast in Linux and in FC4 onwards. For other areas like thin clients, network sound systems like Polypaudio (which is a drop in ESD replacement) could prove useful


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

GNOME has been ripping off ESD slowly and this is a process similar to the transition from CORBA to D-Bus.


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