whither xfce4-mixer?

Genghis Khan genghiskhan at gmx.ca
Sat May 11 13:15:32 CEST 2013


May you detail what parts of Xfce are those that you want to support
PulseAudio in a satisfactory manner?

Does your GNU distro use xfce4-mixer or another sort of mixer?

Last time I used that distro (2008 or 2009), it had a bloated setup and
consumed too much memory in relation to what Xfce regularly consumes, I
had GNOME mixer installed and also gnome-panel when xfce-panel was the
default panel; I felt as if I am using a pilot version of GNU/Linux.

If I need PulseAudio in Salix OS, I install PulseAudio tools from
SBo[1] and mate-media[2] which has a fork of gnome-volume-control
(mate-volume-control) which is working well with PulseAudio.

[1]: http://slackbuilds.org/result/?search=PulseAudio
[2]: https://github.com/mate-desktop/mate-media
[2]: http://git.mate-desktop.org/mate-media/

On Fri, 10 May 2013 11:06:45 -0400
Brandon Watkins <bwat47 at gmail.com> wrote:

> >
> > OTOH, some users love to use Xfce without PulseAudio (ALSA alone),
> > and won't accept PulseAudio as a dependancy of xfce4-volumed or
> > xfce4-mixer. I understand them, since I used ALSA alone for years
> > before I could make PA work with Timidity++ without any lag.

PulseAudio can be a suggested/optional dependency.

> I agree XFCE shouldn't make pulseaudio required because a lot of XFCE
> users probably do prefer using just alsa, but I think XFCE properly
> supporting pulseaudio out of the box is long overdue. Pulseaudio
> works quite well these days and is the default in many distros. On my
> system I've found pulseaudio to be a necessity for doing things like
> using my HDMI audio output (its a PIA to do with just alsa). It
> currently takes too much tweaking to get XFCE working satisfactorily
> with pulseaudio, luckily the xubuntu distro has done a good job of
> getting this working out of the box and thats one of the major
> reasons that its my XFCE distro of choice.

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