Pulseaudio : lots of issues, how can I help?

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Mon Sep 15 13:03:18 UTC 2008

Nicolas Mailhot wrote:
>>> Simply put, non-X-console input is a mess (X input is a mess too but
>>> at least there are people trying to fix it), non-X-console font
>>> support has fossilized, and support for modern high resolution
>>> screens
>>> is severely lacking.
>> Will you still be able to run a headless machine with its console
>> redirected to a serial port?
> Why not ?

I think I'm confused by the term 'non X consoles'.  Is that something 
different than the native text mode you see before X starts?

>>> And that's ok. Do remember that X was defined at a time hardware was
>>> vastly less powerful and core X is not wasteful at all. Compared to
>>> how the rest of the system has bloated, X is definitely lean and
>>> mean.
>> But there's no reason to assume that the X display(s) is/are directly
>> connected to the CPU in question.  What do you do when they aren't?
> Do not parse

I rarely use the console of the machine running my programs.  I'll 
either ssh for text mode or use a remote X or freenx/NX to connect from 
elsewhere, and in the case of NX, often floating the session around 
among several different displays keeping running programs intact.  That 
leaves the question of how to manage the host without needing X locally, 
and back to the topic of pulseaudio, how to use the host's audio system 
when the X sessions are displayed elsewhere.

And by the way, I highly recommend the freenx/NX combo if you ever move 
from your desk.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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