[gst-devel] Linux audio is a mess? [was: JACK and GStreamer, from the horse's mouth]

Zeeshan Ali zeenix at gstreamer.net
Thu Nov 30 17:02:50 CET 2006

Hello guys!
    Just one small question to Lennart:

> Most Unix programs have been programmed under the assumption that they
> talk directly to the hardware. That was traditionally OK, but nowadays
> this becomes a problem: you might want to stream its output to other
> apps. You might want to adjust the volume of each playback stream
> individually. You might want to reroute audio output from one output
> device to another one while is playing. You might want to output audio
> on more than a single device at the same time. You might want to send
> audio to a different machine on the network. You might want to
> multicast audio on your net. However, that all is not possible with
> just ALSA.

   Aren't most of these tasks too high-level for a low-level thing
like ALSA? MAS tried to address all these issues and they ended-up
re-inventing the wheel (gstreamer) and now nobody seem to even
remember if that project ever existed.


Zeeshan Ali,
Software Design Engineer,
Open Source Software Operations,
Helsinki, Finland.

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