Linked by Christian Paratschek on Mon 25th Apr 2005 20:11 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Welcome back to another issue of my reviews of Linux distributions. Not really surprisingly, this time I decided to take a close look at the second version of the most popular Debian offshoot, Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu's performance probably was the biggest surprise that 2004 had in store for Linux users. Just 9 months ago, almost noone even knew that there was a new project underway, but then things went really fast: after a preview version in mid-September, Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, released version 4.10 in October. Being based on Debian, Ubuntu has a solid base and, despite not being supported officially, all the (18.000) Debian packages available. Ubuntu 4.10 proved to be a decent operating system (especially for a first try) and had overall pretty positive reviews (here's mine).
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RE: esound and alsa
by Cosmo on Tue 26th Apr 2005 07:19 UTC

The sound config in Hoary is probably the only thing I don't like about
Ubuntu. According to bug 7565 it was decided that only esound should be used
for sound, which is a really bad choice (doesn't work well with video, for

I don't think esd is a particular bad choice for a sound server, but if you do
not require software mixing, you can easily disable esd (System -> Preferences
-> Sound, uncheck ``Enable sound server startup) and are left with plain

By the way, you can tell many apps that do not use esd by default (like
mplayer for instance) to actually do so (``mplayer -ao esd ...'' or edit
/etc/mplayer/mplayer.conf). That works very well on my machine...