[arch-general] PulseAudio in [testing]

Damjan gdamjan at gmail.com
Sat Nov 27 13:27:47 CET 2010

>> I've put PulseAudio into [testing] some time ago, but received no
>> feedback on this.
>> This either means it works well, or nobody uses it.
>> So I'm asking for it now, especially from GNOME and KDE users running
>> PulseAudio.
> I tested it a while on KDE and as expected it has downsides compared to
> using plain alsa. :-) I lost all controls in kmix except of only one
> volume control.

The benefit is that Flash will not f**k and lock your sound card.

> But Smplayer is a way better and didn't had any problems.

mplayer aditionally should have pulse enabled.

The mixer issue is something to discuss about.

"alsamixer -c0" is a good way to regain the control over the hardware 
mixers, but that's probably not very user-friendly. Otherwise 
pavucontrol has the option to control the volume of each stream 
separatelly and also to move a stream from one output to another 
(imagine moving skype from the internal sound card to a bluetooth or usb 


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