can listen music but not all applications sound...
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In KDE, aRts should do the mixing (It's really bad though and never really worked for me either, it will be removed in KDE4).
Are you sure aRts is enabled?
I personally recommend to use alsa with dmix instead (arts will still need to be installed for dependencies).
It's simple: there is only one mixer and it's already in use, thus blocking other sound apps. A program checks wether it has access to the soundsystem when it starts up, if not it won't play sound during the whole session! So, in order to hear flash, you'd have to shutdown xmms before you open your browser, otherwise you won't hear anything! AFAIK there is no workaround.
I have done to steps 1, 2, skipped 3 and do 4... it work great ... hope feedback about 3 for continue...
And, should I do to step all the way until step 7????
3 And 4 are only to test if aoss works.
If "aoss mpg123 some.mp3" works, continue with step 5(the easy way, should work for most systems). Those other steps are only needed if it doesn't work for your hardware. Skip them and continue with configuring your apps.
I use gaim (as explained in that gentoo link). Never tried AMSN, but's it reported to work with dmix (google did show some problems and solutions trough).
The "modprobe snd_pcm_oss" is to activate OSS(emulation) streaming via ALSA, I needed this for get any sound in Flash (Debian Etch).