sound from multiple apps

Luke Yelavich themuso at
Thu Jun 12 07:40:46 UTC 2008

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On Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 05:13:19PM EST, Gezim Hoxha wrote:
> I first wanted to thank you for your decent job on the distro. However,
> surely I would haven't fired off an email, unless there was a complaint
> (sorry).

Thanks for your kind words. Nothing is perfect, so anything from anyone that can possibly help make things better is worthwhile.

> I'm just a little appalled at the state of audio support on Linux (I believe
> this issue is not Ubuntu only); I was trying to have a conversation on the
> google chat (from within the browser) and since the chat has audio alerts,
> mplayer refused to play audio (while the chat is open). Just a little
> example of broken audio support. I do not know the cause, nor the solution
> to the problem, I wonder how ubuntu is trying to become mainstream and have
> mysterious issues, such as this.

What does Google Chat use? Flash? Java?

If you are using Ubuntu and GNOME, then its likely that whatever you are using is grabbing the sound device, and PulseAudio, the sound server for the Ubuntu desktop is unable to access the device, since whatever you are using in Firefox has exclusive use of the device.

Its hard to say more without knowing what browser technology google chat uses. If you could tell me what it uses, then I will be able to more quickly help you work out a solution, or a workaround.

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