Posted Jun 6, 2006 0:22 UTC (Tue) by fanopanic
Parent article: Polypaudio, a networked sound server
Why is FreeBSD the only free OS that managed to do software mixing right? I mean, with all the ambitious plans to make Linux desktops a veritable alternative to Windows/MacOSX, both of which support painfree software mixing, this should be a number one priority.
I can live without windows-only applications and fancy games, but I do not understand why I should play around with starting/stopping/restarting applications because the sound device is already in use. The alternatives, sound servers or meticulously fiddling with asound.conf in order to get dmix running, are not fun and not acceptable, especially considering that FreeBSD simply does it in-kernel, without any hassle for the user at all.
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