New mixer

Jannis Pohlmann jannis at
Sun Jan 6 19:33:15 CET 2008

Am Sun, 6 Jan 2008 17:32:44 +0100
schrieb Enrico Tröger <enrico.troeger at>:

> On Sun, 06 Jan 2008 17:06:25 +0100, Jean-Philippe Guillemin
> <jp.guillemin at> wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > I haven't tested it yet, but I have a question : will this new
> > mixer work with Linux distributions that use mplayer instead of
> > Gstreamer ?
> Or in other words: is it really necessary to require GStreamer just
> for a mixer? This would be cause to not use it and instead use the
> good, old alsamixer.

If you want to save some headaches by not having to deal with
platform-dependent stuff then GStreamer is a good option. Keep in mind
that only a small part of GStreamer is linked and loaded with the
mixer (gstreamer-0.10, gstbase, gstaudio and gstinterfaces).

ALSA is not everything we have to deal with

> I don't want to install GStreamer just because of a mixer.

That's up to you, of course. If I were running a binary distribution, I
wouldn't mind the two or three extra packages. And it's not like you'd
install GStreamer just for the mixer. After all the mixer is just a
tool to configure your sound card for use with other multimedia
applications - and a lot of them use GStreamer. 
  - Jannis
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