>>>>> "PJ" == Paul Jakma <paul at jakma.org> writes:
PJ> Some X terminals support NAS, Network Audio
PJ> System. (particularly NCD X-terms). And NAS is supported on
PJ> many many Unixes, i remember a lot of games way way back used
PJ> NAS for audio. Now i'm trying to think why the fsck the gnome
PJ> people had to go and invent esd... did they not know of NAS?
You can blame Rasterman and his merry band for that; they started the
ESD project ("Enlightened Sound Daemon"), and I guess GNOME used it
"because it was there", like they did with MICO. MICO has since been
replaced; perhaps ESD will be too.
I believe the original intent was that ESD was to be purely used for
triggering short samples, such as for window-manager sound schemes.
Personally, I'd like a version of ESD that left /dev/dsp alone and
used the SoundFont stuff in Creative's newer cards to trigger samples
via MIDI, but most cards come with too little RAM as standard for
that to be a good solution for most people.
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