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I'm currently building the screencasting app Kazam, after reading a positive review about it by a competent colleague.
Among other things, Kazam has Pulseaudio as runtime dependency. Now I don't know much about Pulseaudio, except it's a sound server, and I remember it vaguely as "the thing that caused audio to be a mess in many major distributions".
1) Correct me if I'm wrong.
2) Can I install it on a Slackware desktop + Xfce without wrecking my audio?
Pulse is actually not bad these days. The early versions broke a lot of things, but I tried it out recently and it solved a lot of issues I was having with 5.1 surround, and switching from USB headphones/mic to the soundcard on the fly.
Is Pulseaudio actually usable on Slackware? I am interested in the per application volume control feature and just installed it, including all dependencies on Slackware 14 32 bit, but I can't really test it, neither AlienBob's VLC nor the standard MPlayer seem to be compiled with Pulseaudio options.
Do I miss something here?
Thanks, I will try that.
Doesn't work, I seem to be missing something essential, time to search for more information about pulseaudio.
Found it, I had to create a file /etc/asound.conf with the content:
# Use PulseAudio by default
description "Default ALSA Output (currently PulseAudio Sound Server)"
# vim:set ft=alsaconf:
I got that from the Arch package alsa-pulseaudio, as always the ArchWiki was a great help.
Pulseaudio works fine now and if it turns out to be stable I will run it on all my systems.
Thanks for all your answers, folks. I got the problem sorted out, in an unexpected way.
I had made some first tests with gtk-recordmydesktop, and found the result with the default settings to be completely unusable. But after some more fiddling, the recordmydesktop command line backend is in fact a quite neat tool, with many handy options, and which does things as expected. Plus, it's already shipping in extra/, so no need to install the kitchen sink for that.