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    I can hear clearly…
    Submitted by stootles on Friday, June 14, 2002 – 17:28
    MultimediaThere are many solutions to the provision on sound in Debian, ALSA, OSS, esound, NAS to name the most popular. However each has its own merits and capabilities, software mixing in esd versus hardware with ALSA. Everybody has different needs and different preferences. So which do you use and why? And if Debian were to have a ‘default’ solution which would you choose?
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    Subject: esound is good for networks
    Author: kadmos
    Date: Monday, 2002/06/17 – 14:12
    At home I have a server and some workstations. I use X and esound to turn the workstations into terminals that do audio and video. I perform all my work on the server, and export my display and my speaker to my terminal. It works really well for web browsing and streaming music around the house.

    If I had to standardize on an audio protocol, I would recommend esound or arts, as they can be used on many different Unix systems, and interoperability is important to me. Arts seems to provide more features than esound, but esound seemed to have less dependencies. On the other hand, esound appeared to use raw audio, which could saturate a slow network. I wonder if any network audio protocols support compression.

    I was impressed with ALSA when I started playing with it, and would prefer this over OSS as an audio driver, as it seems to be better designed, less encumbered with comercial OSS relatives, and supported more of the audio cards I use last I checked.

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    Subject: Re: esound is good for networks
    Author: ackron
    Date: Tuesday, 2002/06/18 – 07:47
    I still Use OSS commercial it has never failed me
    Although it’s payware.
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