[clug-talk] aRts/Phonon

Gustin Johnson gustin at echostar.ca
Fri May 5 11:01:57 PDT 2006


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Nick Wiltshire wrote:
> On Thursday 04 May 2006 11:51 pm, Aaron J. Seigo wrote:
>> On Thursday 04 May 2006 22:58, Nick Wiltshire wrote:
>>> my biggest problem with aRts is that it doesn't play nice with other
>>> sound engines - notably that if it is using the device it seems to kidnap
>>> it and, for example, I have to restart FF to get flash to have sound. Is
>>> this a misconfiguration?
>> no. it's just the mess that is linux multimedia right now.
> 
> Will Phonon help, or add to the frey? :) It sounds like (from my reading) it 
> is at least a step in the right direction.

It depends, likely for the average end user, it looks like a step in a
good direction.  For those of use using Jack for media production, I
worry that it will be something else that gets in the way.

You don't currently need aRTS.   Personally I disable arts and use
things like the xine engine or gstreamer for audio rendering in apps
like Amarok.  Xine can be configured to use Alsa (by configured I mean
you click on a checkbox) which allows the sound device to be shared.

If you only have OSS (the sound driver, not OPen Source) then the sound
card cannot be shared (ie used by two programs at the same time), though
ALSA is the default in most modern and sane distros (Alsa is now built
directly into the stock 2.6 kernel).

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