Re: libcanberra as an external dependency

Lennart Poettering wrote:
On Thu, 07.08.08 18:12, Mathias Hasselmann (mathias hasselmann gmx de) wrote:

Am Donnerstag, den 07.08.2008, 11:59 -0400 schrieb Joe Marcus Clarke:
It seems to me there is a fundamental problem with adding libcanberra as an external dependency. It currently only supports ALSA and pulseaudio audio output. However, the default sounds daemon for GNOME is still esound. The BSDs and Solaris do not support ALSA, so this leaves them a tough choice for sound events. Pulseaudio replaces esd, but it is not a blessed GNOME dependency.

I think libcanberra must have an esd output plug-in at the very least (i.e. if not also OSS and Sun Audio) in order to be a viable external dependency. This would go a long way to helping non-Linux platforms achieve working sound theme support using all blessed GNOME dependencies.
AFAIK an EDS backend would be quite pointless considering the latency
this adds. What about directly adding OSS and Sun Audio backends? AFAIK
Lennart designed Pulseaudio to support different backends.

I wouldn't be concerned so much about latency.

libcanberra supports different backends, as does PulseAudio.

I added support for pluggable backends precisely to avoid discussions
like this one: if someone wants to use libcanberra on his exotic OS,
he's welcome to do so, all he needs to do is write a backend. In the
ALSA driver he has a good template.

While esd may be considered old, it's not exotic. It is THE sound server for GNOME right now.


Joe Marcus Clarke
FreeBSD GNOME Team	::	gnome FreeBSD org
FreeNode / #freebsd-gnome

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