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Re: [Gap-dev-discuss] Cynthiune output bundles

From: Philippe Roussel
Subject: Re: [Gap-dev-discuss] Cynthiune output bundles
Date: Tue, 01 May 2012 20:27:34 +0200
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Le 01/05/2012 16:36, Sebastian Reitenbach a écrit :
> On Tuesday, May 1, 2012 15:32 CEST, Philippe Roussel <address@hidden> wrote: 
>> Le 01/05/2012 15:18, Philippe Roussel a écrit :
>>> Esound is still kicking (but not used anymore on any major linux distro
>>> I think) but aRts is a dead project.
>>> Thinking about it, I have a question : some time ago Stefan Bidigaray
>>> implemented a NSSound backend based on libao. Here's the description of
>>> the libao4 package :
>>>> Description-en: Cross Platform Audio Output Library
>>>>  Libao is a cross-platform audio library that allows programs to output 
>>>> audio
>>>>  using a simple API on a wide variety of platforms. It currently supports:
>>>>  .
>>>>   * Null output (handy for testing without a sound device)
>>>>   * WAV files
>>>>   * AU files
>>>>   * OSS (Open Sound System, used on Linux and FreeBSD)
>>>>   * ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture)
>>>>   * PulseAudio (next generation GNOME sound server)
>>>>   * esd (EsounD or Enlightened Sound Daemon)
>>>>   * MacOS X
>>>>   * Windows (98 and later)
>>>>   * AIX
>>>>   * Sun/NetBSD/OpenBSD
>>>>   * IRIX
>>>>   * NAS (Network Audio Server)
>>>>   * RoarAudio (Modern, multi-OS, networked Sound System)
>>>>   * OpenBSD's sndio
>>> Why aren't we using NSSound directly ??
>> Ok, NSSound is too simplistic for a media player but using the same
>> library for the backend could be a good idea.
> OK, I got the simplistic part, but not the using the same library for the 
> backend part
> We should use NSSound in each of the Output Bundles?

I meant that instead of having multiple backends we could follow the
route NSSound took and add a backend that uses libao to Cynthiune. That
would reduce the number of needed backends to maybe a couple.

If NSSound's libao backend compiles and works on a given plateform we
will know that a libao backend for Cynthiune will also work on this

I will give it a shot and see if I can make a libao backend works.


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