Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Oct 2009 15:39 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu We're a little late, but Real Life got in the way, so here we finally are. Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, announced today that Ubuntu 9.10 Desktop Edition has been released. This version focusses on improvements in cloud computing on the server using Eucalyptus, further improvements in boot speed, as well as development on Netbook Remix. The related KDE, Xfce, and other variants have been released as well. Update by ELQ: Just a quick note to say that one of my Creative Commons videos was selected to be part of Ubuntu's Free Culture Showcase package that comes by default with the new Ubuntu version!
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RE[3]: tada.wav
by ba1l on Fri 30th Oct 2009 09:19 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: tada.wav"
ba1l
Member since:
2007-09-08

I'm sorry, but either your memory is faulty, or you actually bought an expensive add-on sound card that could do full blown hardware mixing, and are forgetting to mention it.

Windows 3.x did not support sharing one sound card between multiple applications. At all.

Windows 9x supported sharing one sound card between multiple applications if, and only if, you had a sound card capable of hardware mixing. By this point, real sound cards were actually pretty common.

Linux has supported this since the first drivers for cards with hardware mixing were added to OSS. ALSA has always supported cards with hardware mixing.

About this time, hardware manufacturers started moving to on-board sound, which does not have hardware mixing. Windows 9x can not, and does not, play multiple sounds on these things.

The first version of Windows to actually support full software mixing, allowing sound cards without hardware mixing to be used by multiple applications, was Windows 2000. I think Windows ME may have had something similar.

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RE[4]: tada.wav
by tobyv on Fri 30th Oct 2009 09:55 in reply to "RE[3]: tada.wav"
tobyv Member since:
2008-08-25

I'm sorry, but either your memory is faulty, or you actually bought an expensive add-on sound card that could do full blown hardware mixing


This is what I could do: open two Sound Recorder and have them play at the same time. A P90 NT4 laptop we keep for testing can have Winamp playing + Simcity 2000 with audio. I have told it that what it is doing is impossible, but it stubbornly continues to work.
Perhaps the capability is in the driver, and not using the OS?

Back to the present: My workstation has an AC97. Apps are compiled with ALSA support. Two sound apps cannot use the sound card at the same time. My recourse is: reinstall Linux. Go distro-hopping until the problems are resolved and pray there are no new ones.

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RE[5]: tada.wav
by phoenix on Fri 30th Oct 2009 18:53 in reply to "RE[4]: tada.wav"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Back to the present: My workstation has an AC97. Apps are compiled with ALSA support. Two sound apps cannot use the sound card at the same time. My recourse is: reinstall Linux. Go distro-hopping until the problems are resolved and pray there are no new ones.


Or, you could configure the dmix plugin for ALSA.

Or, you can install OSS4 and tell ALSA to use that for sound output. (Doing it that way means you don't have to reconfigure all your apps for OSS output.)

Or, you can install a sound server like esd, artsd, pulese, etc.

Or, move to FreeBSD, which uses a modified OSS3, but fully supports multiple sound sources at once (/dev/dsp is an auto-cloning device, which uses either software or hardware mixing, depending on the actual sound hardware).

Or, ... ;)

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RE[5]: tada.wav
by sbergman27 on Fri 30th Oct 2009 19:38 in reply to "RE[4]: tada.wav"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

My workstation has an AC97.

Well... there's your problem. Workstation, you say? Let me guess... Green Acres Sound Studio? ;-)

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