[linux-audio-dev] Announcing the Polypaudio sound server

Lennart Poettering mzynq at 0pointer.de
Thu Sep 9 09:51:44 UTC 2004

On Thu, 09.09.04 10:59, Robert Jonsson (rj at spamatica.se) wrote:


> > I will try to push Polypaudio into both Gnome and KDE as replacement
> > for esound resp. aRts. 
> I'm sorry but I think this is a dead mission. People has tried for years, and 
> years, and years... to get this sorted out somehow. 
> The latest I heard is that they finally are settling on gstreamer as a common 
> backend. Stirring this up again might be in vain and possibly a bad
> idea.

I don't think this is in vain. BTW, what were the previous efforts for
an esound replacement?

> But please don't take my word for it, I'm not so well informed, do try and 
> find out more about it. If gstreamer is not the saviour there is indeed a 
> need for one.
Gstreamer doesn't do mixing of multiple audio streams from multiple
distinct processes. Currently, gstreamer sits on top of esound or
directly on OSS/ALSA. In the former case multiple programs may play
audio simultaneously, in the latter case only one at a time.

Gnome still ships with broken, old esound. And that is what I want to


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