[LAU] pulse/systemd - was: FreeBSD

Brent Busby brent at keycorner.org
Thu Jan 8 17:27:41 UTC 2015

On Thu, 8 Jan 2015, Arve Barsnes wrote:

> On 8 January 2015 at 15:10, Len Ovens <len at ovenwerks.net> wrote:
>> Just? Just routing all programs to alsa means each or any blocks all others.
>> One ends up with the mess that at least three audio servers have been tried
>> of which Pulse seems to be the one that has been chosen
> I keep seeing people say this, but I have never noticed any program 
> blocking the sound of any other. I can play sound from mplayer, 
> audaciuos, audacity, firefox, whatever, all at the same time, never 
> had pulseaudio installed, everything through alsa. What am I doing 
> wrong? :p

I've been wanting to say the same thing up until now, but I thought 
maybe I was missing something stupid.  I haven't had problems with 
exclusive sound access either, at least since the OSS days.  If 
anything, that was one of the big improvements going to Alsa from OSS -- 
no more device contention between applications, no more need for 
horrible esound and artsd userspace daemons to try to multiplex streams 
for you.  Now, apparently, even Alsa needs userspace help to deal with 
consumer audio.  But why?  It already worked!

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