PulseAudio to Bring Earcandy to Linux

“PulseAudio is a cross-platform, open source sound server that
supports advanced software mixing capabilities and network
transparency. PulseAudio is designed to be a drop-in replacement
for the Esound daemon and uses a pluggable Esound module for
backwards compatibility.

“PulseAudio provides the infrastructure needed to bring a
next-generation audio experience to the Linux desktop. PulseAudio
will make it possible to independently control the volume of
individual applications, support moving audio streams between
devices on the fly, output audio on multiple devices
simultaneously, and provide compatibility with GNOME’s fast user
switching functionality…”

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