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From: Lukas Kolbe <>
To: Ed Sweetman <>
Subject: Re: 2.6.0-test1-mm2 music skips
Date: 20 Jul 2003 23:56:48 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <1058738207.17387.14.camel@tigris.chaoswg> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

Am Son, 2003-07-20 um 23.12 schrieb Ed Sweetman:
> Too many times music skipping is blamed on the kernel.  This is not 
> always the case.  Bad userspace programming can cause audio skipping. 

I didn't want to 'blame the kernel' for the audio-skipping, I just
followed Andrew Morton's call for feedback. One of three things I find
annoying in 2.5/2.6 is the audio-skipping, as far as I remember it 'felt
better' with the late 2.2 to middle 2.4 kernels on older hardware.

But I also have to say that interactivity (with heavy multitasking, many
apps, massive window-moving etc. pp) on my desktop-system has improved
very very much compared to 2.4. Though I don't have figures to back that

> I'm not saying xmms is entirely at fault for the skips. But i've written 
> other ogg decoders for zinf that skipped as well doing those things. 
> Also, i moved to fluxbox as my window manager because other equally 
> functional window managers caused major X lag during redraws, fluxbox 
> does not.  Also, make sure you have dma enabled on your hdds, swap on a 
> non-dma drive can easily crawl the system.  And by the way, my x is 

Yay, hd's have dma enabled (udma5). And Metacity is indeed a problem, it
is damn lagging behind most other window managers, but it's gnome2's

> In short, it's not always the kernel that's the problem, but in the 
> implimentation the program uses for playing and  decoding audio. They 
> may need to be redone since what they used to be able to get away with 
> in older kernels doesn't work anymore now that it's more strict and fair 
>    and thus better at doing it's job.



  reply	other threads:[~2003-07-20 21:40 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 7+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2003-07-20 20:34 2.6.0-test1-mm2 music skips Lukas Kolbe
2003-07-20 21:12 ` Ed Sweetman
2003-07-20 21:56   ` Lukas Kolbe [this message]
2003-07-20 23:35   ` Antonio Vargas
2003-07-20 23:47 ` Christian Axelsson
2003-07-21  1:21   ` Ed Sweetman
2003-07-21 14:21     ` Takashi Iwai

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