New Volume Control Interface For GNOME
Phoronix: New Volume Control Interface For GNOME
One of the items being worked on by Red Hat for Fedora 11 is making the GNOME volume control and sound preferences area more intuitive and easier to use. With Fedora and most other distributions now using PulseAudio, they are beginning to take advantage of some of the features available through this sound server. Some of this work involves reworking the user interface for controlling GNOME Sound Preferences, which we are providing a glimpse of in this article. Among other benefits, there is finally the ability to adjust the volume level on a per-application basis.
The whole stack is broken
Linux audio is in a sorry state. I'm sure I'm not the only one that feels that audio was better a year ago than it is today. I have seen more than one distro now tout "rock solid audio" or the like, and I have yet to get stable skype or flash audio. Some of you might direct me to a forum where it describes the 100 steps it takes to get these things working, but I don't want to have to do that. It should work. I read a nice blog that described exactly how I felt in more technical terms here: http://glyph.twistedmatrix.com/2009/...-on-linux.html .