Originally posted by zajelo3
Do I need to have arts/esd installed on my box since I use alsa for sound. Or do they each serve a seperate purpose?
Alsa only allows one thing to have access to sound at a time.
E.g. if you are listening to MP3s via xmms using alsa, you won't get sound alerts from Gaim if a friend logs in.
esd and arts address this. They hog alsa, but allow multiple applications to talk to them.
I use esd for everything (Gaim, Zinf etc) except mplayer, because a) the sync is cr@p with esd and 2) I don't want to be disturbed by Gaim while watching a movie.
So... No you do not need it, but do you want to have esd/arts installed?