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Comment Re:W00t (Score 0) 302

To be fair, I did have to do this once. Kubuntu shipped with one that was broken by default, at least on my system.

Me too. That's why I'm complaining! In Gnome world I haven't needed to think about backends for a long, long time.

Comment Re:W00t (Score 0) 302

To be fair, I did have to do this once. Kubuntu shipped with one that was broken by default, at least on my system.

Me too. I don't consider that a good thing - I'd rather have just the working backend; not as a default, but as the only option.

Comment Re:W00t (Score 0, Troll) 302

Or your distributor can plug in the best backend on your OS (yeah, they really might be different on Solaris, BSD, Linux, Windows and Mac) so that you can get sound from your speakers.

It should be a compile time option or something - at least there should be no GUI to change the backend. Exposing the backend selection in gui makes it a "reasonable" thing for a user to do, which should not be the case at all.

Comment Re:W00t (Score 2, Insightful) 302

Seriously though, phonon has pluggable backends, and this does not mean the PulseAudio is going to be compulsory for KDE users, any more than its DirectShow integration makes MS Windows compulsory for KDE users.

I really appreciate this feature. Instead of just hearing sound from speakers, I find it tremendously important to be able to "plug my own backend" to hear it, you know, somehow differently.

Comment Re:W00t (Score 2, Interesting) 302

Frankly, not supporting PA well has been the most ridiculous shortcoming in KDE (after networkmanager). It has been the "no audio desktop environment" lately, but this appears to be fixed now.

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