[pulseaudio-discuss] using pulseaudio with simultaneous playback from mutiple X sessions

Martin Steigerwald Martin at lichtvoll.de
Thu Nov 10 05:22:59 PST 2011

Am Donnerstag, 10. November 2011 schrieb Ben Bucksch:
> Colin, first, thanks for your long, detailled answers!
> Just a short reply:
> On 09.11.2011 11:56, Colin Guthrie wrote:
> > Now consider two users on an accessible system: One is visually
> > impaired the other is not
> - at the same time. OK, but that's really an unrealistic case now. The
> blind guy needs the sound output, so likely he doesn't have somebody
> else working on the same machine at the same time.

I also thought about this. How often is a per session setup really used? 
How are computers shared? I am not sure about numbers. Does anyone use the 
features of the one Pulseaudio daemon per session setup like muting audio 
output from one session when switching to another one?

I could imagine a family computer for this usecase where several people 
are logged in simulatenously. Then when the father does not switch off the 
audio, the daughter could just switch the session and do her voice chats.

> More realistic is: An average couple, he is a unix geek. He has a
> notebook and a tablet. The notebook is connected to speakers, running
> mpd for music. Tablet is running mpdroid and controls the mpd.
> The notebook has 2 users (but never at the same time), so the geek
> doesn't want to log in to any particular account just to listen music,
> but wants mpd to work irregardless of the logged-in user.
> There's no conflict, because if the music disturbs her, she'll just
> turn around and tell him to stop. Which, I think, will be true for
> almost all cases where you have 2 humans around the same computer at
> the same time.

Well my girl friend still prefers to use the CD player anyway - I bet 
Amarok looks to be too complex to her, maybe a multimedia center does work 
better. And at home I have a dedicated Amarok playback machine.

So for me its also: She tells me when she wants to hear something different 
while the laptop is playing.

Martin 'Helios' Steigerwald - http://www.Lichtvoll.de
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