OK, thanks. I'm currently using Gnome, so ESD sounds like what I want. I changed it to 'Enable sound server startup.' Now xmms and GAIM will both play sound at once, using esd. Browser plugins such as java and flash don't play sound anymore, but they did before. I used 'dpkg-reconfigure mozilla-browser' and chose the esddsp wrapper.
In the Gnome multimedia streams selector, it's currently using OSS, and the only other option is custom (I type the name of the streams). I have alsa installed, though, and if I run alsaconf then only programs set to use alsa will play sound until I restart my computer. Is it worth it to figure out how to use ALSA instead of OSS?
Last edited by nagromo; 02-16-2005 at 08:21 AM.