Re: ESD, aRts, ALSA, OSS, and GStreamer

> Sound device sharing, and being a public API for portable audio file handling (together
> with libaudiofile).
By portable audio file handling what exactly do you mean? Would I be correct if I said it is to decode the various audio file formats in an operating system independent manner?
> A lot of people don't need it since they want to use alsa/dmix instead of esd.
Why? How is ALSA superior to ESD, or for that matter aRts? Are ESD and aRts abstraction layers built on top of ALSA?
Thanks a lot,

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