oss audio output error: cannot open audio device (/dev/dsp)? Bug? Config error?
On windoz, when I have a DVD playing, an mp3 playing, a video going in Firefox while playing a video game, I can hear everybody screaming over everybody else. Linux seems to have the first audio player get exclusive access to the sound hardware which locks everybody else out.
In fact, If I start a VLC movie successfully and then start a Firefox flash video, Firefox will often crash entirely requiring a root -> `killall firefox` to remove the dead windows.
If I start a Firefox video and then kill the entire tab (page), I still can not get audio from any other source (vlc movie or rhythmbox) until i kill Firefox. Flash on Linux has always been buggy.
Rhythmbox an VLC play nicer together. I can stop one and the other will then play without killing the other.
Sometimes, quiet background music is nice while listening to the BBC World Service. Es Possible?
Is there an audio configuration option to stop the exclusive locking of the audio? If windoz can do it, how hard could it be?