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"...while adding automatic multiplex sound streams, meaning you can play many sound streams at the same time without a sound server..." For how long has ALSA had this ability? Can anyone verify this? My own reading/experience suggests that ALSA can't handle mixing different streams. I would check the project's site, but it is mysteriously unreachable right now... --Dirk Gently 17:47, 25 Jun 2005 (UTC)
you're right, informtaion's wrong. removed it.
According to this page on the ALSA wiki, the Dmix plugin is automatically enabled now for hardware that doesn't mix multiple streams. Since I've had a SB Live for a while (it does hardware mixing) I can't personally verifiy if this is the case. That paragraph (or something similar) should be returned to the article. Imroy 13:55, 22 October 2005 (UTC)
The paragraph is wrong, ALSA does not do auto software mixing. Ubuntu Dapper uses Alsa 1.0.10 (fairly recent) and on my Intel snd-hda-intel chipset audio it does not have hardware support and ALSA does not automagically add mixing. I would LOVE it to. Oh and the web site for ALSA does seem down. kw_123
as of 12/1/2007 or 1.0.14 or Ubuntu 7.10 gutsy there is software mixing, just use the default or plughw interfaces. However some applications may access sound via oss or esd, bypassing alsa, which may prevent the alsa mixing output from reaching the sound card. Novelist 22:16, 1 December 2007 (UTC)
Why don't we move this page to Advanced Linux Sound Architecture? That's the expansion of the name that the project uses, and we wouldn't need the disambiguating (Linux) afterward. Twinxort 19:44, 8 January 2007 (UTC)
Agreed. In fact, I just came to the talk page to propose this myself. Ciotog 21:47, 13 January 2007 (UTC)