Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th Jun 2010 22:59 UTC
Multimedia, AV It's been a very long wait, but the release is finally here: Adobe has released Flash Player 10.1. Since Flash has come under increasing scrutiny, there's a lot at stake here for Adobe. This release is supposed to use far less resources while still being faster, more stable, and more secure. Update: No 64bit Flash player for now - on any platform. The Linux beta has been axed.
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molnarcs
Member since:
2005-09-10

Note that setting up the sound system was crucial to have a painless flash experience. I don't particularly care for pulse-audio, but apparently you need it to have not only simultaneous playback but stability as well. It was a hassle, because then you need to have mplayer-pulse form aur as well, plus bin32-skype-pulse, libao-pulse (basically pulse versions of the major libraries). But you only have to do it ONCE!

That's why I think that problems with flash on linux are not necessarily Adobe's fault - it is possible to set up the system correctly. Unfortunately, very few distributions do it for you (I think mandriva was OK, but kubuntu wasn't). Arch doesn't set up anything for you (that's why we love it ;) ) but my experience shows that it is possible to do it without any extra patches and tinkering (arch is as vanilla as it can get) - just proper configuration.

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Ford Prefect Member since:
2006-01-16

Interesting. Everybody knows that Alsa sucks. Some people claim pulseaudio would suck even more.

I guess I have to go with the time then and install pulseaudio as you have outlined. Thank you for the pointers.

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molnarcs Member since:
2005-09-10

You're welcome - I hope it works out for you! You need to set up a few things (/etc/asound.conf, add your user to pulse-access and pulse-rt groups, etc.) plus you'll probably need to replace a few libs. On my system, this is what I have:

[molinari@Helios etc]$ pacman -Q | grep pulse
bin32-skype-pulse 0.1-1
lib32-pulseaudio 0.9.21-7
libao-pulse 1.0.0-1
mplayer-pulse 31347-1
pulseaudio 0.9.21-6
sdl-pulse 1.2.14-2

Although as I said there are no crashes, sometimes (very rarely) pulse breaks, and when you play a sound you hear a jingling/cackling noise instead. /etc/rc.d/pulseaudio restart solves this instantly. That's the only problem I still couldn't solve, but it doesn't happen very often ;)

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Interesting. Everybody knows that Alsa sucks. Some people claim pulseaudio would suck even more.

ALSA is pretty basic and handles some things rather poorly. PulseAudio is just a rather shaky layer on top of another shaky layer so the result can't obviously be top-notch. I know ALSA devs disagree with me, but I still think that most of the functionality that PulseAudio does should be at ALSA level instead.

Anyhow, I haven't had much trouble with PulseAudio. Usually everything works fine. I just got a new server machine where PulseAudio for some reason refuses to acknowledge the presence of an audio card and thus refuses to play any sound. Had to disable PulseAudio to get working audio playback.

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