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SubjectRE: Variable ticks
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On Wed, 2005-07-27 at 02:13 -0600, Zwane Mwaikambo wrote: 
> > What about audio? If there is a sound server running then you're going
> > to have a constant stream of interrupts and DMA activity from the sound
> > card even if the machine is idle and there aren't any sounds playing.
>
> Doesn't artsd at least close the audio device after some configurable idle
> time? In which case that sounds like a userspace issue.

Well, as of ALSA 1.0.9 which does software mixing and volume control by
default, all the sound servers are obsolete. So this should be a
non-issue with a modern distro.

As far as legacy support, AFAIK esd and artsd both grab the sound device
on startup and never release it.

Lee

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