On Fri, 2011-12-23 at 10:38 +0100, Stefan Wilkens wrote:
Pulse recently replaced esound as the dependent sound server for gnome, esound has been marked dead.
You might have some relative success if you drop pulse and do some per-application configuration to redirect their default output to alsa or OSS. While this would work for applications such as gstreamer (gstreamer-properties), pidgin, vlc, mplayer.. you will find yourself with a broken gnome. You'll need a new mixer application, setup software mixing (or hardware if your card privides) etc.
You may find life simpler by disabling  pulse, rather than removing it.
So I should install PA, while not using it? Is this the interpretation of KISS by Arch Linux?
I already have written that I'll use a HDSP card = HDSP mixer, a desktop mixer thingy won't be able to handle such an audio card and my sound server will be Jack with ALSA backend.