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Old 09-12-2006, 07:01 PM   #1
Registered: Jun 2006
Distribution: Slackware 10.2, Debian Testing/Unstable, Ubuntu Breezy Badger, working on LFS
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Debian Setup Perfectly

Before now, my favorite distro was Slackware, but now it's Debian. I've got everything perfect, although that doesn't mean I won't tweak a little.
  • Direct Rendering-Working
  • Fluxbox-Configured great!
  • Printing-Piece of cake, even over Samba
  • Firefox-A little slow, but all of my extensions are installed
  • GAIM-Great! My friends can't figure out how I'm idle for 20 days when they chatted with me 5 seconds ago. Gotta love plugins
  • Gimp-Always great
  • APT-Super fast access to any packages I could want
  • Sound-DMIX set up--I can do XMMS and Audacity at the same time
  • LeafPad-For when GVIM isn't enough
  • 3D Desktop-You can hear my friends drooling in the distance
  • Speed-Other than firefox, I can work twice as fast (Current CPU usage: 7%, mostly XMMS)
  • Space-18% of 20GB, and if I wanted this to be a serious machine I'd use the whole 160GB
  • Thunar-For whe nI need to clean up
  • Kuake-Uses less mem than yakuake and works just as well
  • And so on. I love Linux. (Say, that could be the first Open Source Sitcom!)
So I'm happy right now. Soon I'll attempt LFS.
Old 09-12-2006, 07:06 PM   #2
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Sound-DMIX set up--I can do XMMS and Audacity at the same time
I have about torn my hair out trying to do that. Mind expanding on it a little bit?
Old 09-13-2006, 03:00 PM   #3
Registered: Jun 2006
Distribution: Slackware 10.2, Debian Testing/Unstable, Ubuntu Breezy Badger, working on LFS
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No problem! First I got ALSA and aoss working. Next, I made my ~/.asoundrc like this:
pcm.ossmix {
type dmix
ipc_key 1024 # must be unique!
# ipc_key_add_uid false # let multiple users share
# ipc_perm 0666 # IPC permissions for multi-user sharing (octal, default 0600)
slave {
pcm "hw:0,0" # you cannot use a "plug" device here, darn.
period_time 0
period_size 1024 # must be power of 2
buffer_size 8192 # dito. It
#format "S32_LE"
#periods 128 # dito.
#rate 8000 # with rate 8000 you *will* hear,
# if ossmix is used
# bindings are cool. This says, that only the first
# two channels are to be used by dmix, which is
# enough for (most) oss apps and also lets
# multichannel chios work much faster:
bindings {
0 0 # from 0 => to 0
1 1 # from 1 => to 1
pcm.dsp0 {
type plug
slave.pcm "ossmix" # use our new PCM here
# mixer0 like above
ctl.mixer0 {
type hw
card 0

# You may want to make your new ossmix the default for alsa.
# If your alsa programs are complaining that they can't open
# your sound devices, try uncommenting this next line
#pcm.default pcm.dsp0
Uncomment that last line if ALSA sound won't work. Audacity won't work with it, though, so I have to leave it out. I also moved firefox to and put a shell script under firefox to run "aoss firefox". Same with Audacity and a few other apps. I found this page helpful. Hope it works!



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