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Re: how is pulseaudio supposed to work?



On Wed, Dec 19, 2007 at 10:54:32AM +0100, Lennart Poettering wrote:
> On Tue, 18.12.07 22:54, Olivier Galibert (galibert pobox com) wrote:
> > - Main desktop machine is connected to speakers through normal wires
> >   and to the living room ac3/dts through toslink
> 
> PA doesn't really support AC3 out. AC3 is not a free codec, so we will
> always have trouble to support something like this.

toslink/spdif also supports 48KHz 16bits stereo pcm as I'm sure you
perfectly know.  It also very easily could be, as it was at a time,
one of the 3 stereo line outputs of the ac97 onboard support.


> That means, for now, you have to use the raw ALSA "spdif" device if
> you want to playback audio on spdif. That hasn't changed from pre-PA times.

I can use alsa for everything, I know that already.  That was not the
point of the email.

If your answer to "how can PA be used to support my configuration" is
systematically "don't use PA", why are you working on PA in the first
place?


> You should be using the normal fast-user-switching for that.

So now gdm and using a panel is a fedora requirement for multiuser
support?


> PA supports f-u-s just fine, as I think I already wrote about 555
> times on this thread.

Where fine means "only the currently selected user can do sound", from
what you wrote too.  Which, if you had bothered to read my use case
with your brain on, you'd have noticed is not fine at all.

  OG.


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