Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Mar 2008 17:52 UTC, submitted by irbis
KDE Ars takes a look at KDE 4.0.2. "When KDE 4.0 was officially released in January, there were a lot of gaping holes in basic functionality. During the past few months, the codebase has matured considerably, and the environment is steadily approaching the point where it will be sufficiently robust for widespread day-to-day use. Although there are still many features missing, version 4.0.2 - which was released last week - offers an improved user experience. We tested KDE 4.0.2 with the recently released Kubuntu 8.04 alpha 6." In addition, there is a new 'visual changelog' for KDE 4.1.
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RE[5]: Summary
by leos on Tue 11th Mar 2008 15:22 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Summary"
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Why is this important? so that we can finally start to solve the persistent nightmare which is audio in Linux. Of course I also wish that the OSS/ALSA folks could work together and provide a low-level answer to those things which Pulseaudio, being high-level, cannot do.

No kidding. It is ridiculous that I still encounter the problem that one app has locked the soundcard and nothing else can play anything. Either the card doesn't support hardware mixing, or the driver doesn't support it, but I really don't give a crap. If there is no hardware mixing, then it should be mixed in software automatically. I've f'ed around with dmix once or twice, but I really can't be bothered to write a big alsa configuration script just to fix the fundamentally broken sound. I don't have time for crap like that anymore.

Dmix is an affront to any human sensibilities and Pulseaudio can shield us from direct encounters of the really, really ugly kind. KDE opted out of directly tackling these issues, leaving GNOME to do the grunt work of solving media issues with Pulseaudio and Gstreamer. I hope that Phonon plays well in this environment.

Yep. If I am not mistaken, this should work fairly smoothly. Phonon already has a gstreamer backend, and I think gstreamer can use pulseaudio. (It's all quite confusing to me).
Keep in mind that KDE can't rely on gstreamer or pulseaudio directly, because it needs to work on Windows and Mac equally well. No point bringing over a heavy framework like gstreamer when those platforms have their own perfectly capable native equivalents.

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