You might think, like I did: Isn’t OSS dead? Didn’t ALSA replace it ages ago?
The answer, as I learnt, was both yes and no. It did die, only to be revived later by 4Front Technologies who developed it under a commercial license for quite sometime. It went GPL only recently, although with a paid premium-support and on certain platforms only. The improvements made in it are simply amazing. I’ll leave the rest of the mystery to be covered by 4Front’s own blog post. It’s a nice read
This should usually fix it, but if not there’s another way. Load up paprefs and select the options that say:
Enable network access to local sound devices
Don't require authentication
Still not fixed? Well, its time to give up and get back to ALSA. Yes, the good old ALSA that respects you. To do this, change your Sound configuration (Found at System > Preferences > Sound) to look like this:
Once done, reset your /etc/mpd.conf back to reflect the following:
name "My ALSA Device"
Restart MPD after each change to /etc/mpd.conf of course.
That _must_ work. But I have no idea what else it might render useless, which I hope does not happen.
On Windows, when I got to use my Webcam (Once every 3 years?) I got to fish out its disc from the archives, go through the tedious “Next” button processes and then face warning about the device drivers not being signed and that it could wreck my Windows (‘sif it doesn’t auto) and then finally, the best part of Windows Installation processes, RESTART.
Ok, so instead of that I just plugged it in while running Linux and a nice popup saying a camera was detected (DETECTED, not “wanna detect and face the peril”) comes up and asks if I wish to import photos from it. My webcam is one of those Mercury junk (Kobian in some countries). Its a “3 in 1 Pencam”. Can be used as Webcam, a standalone battery sucking camera or video source.
Now to the reason of using it – Cheese. Been hearing about this application for a long time and that it was even included in many of the popular distros running GNOME got my curiosity running high. And when I finally did use it today, it was really worth it! The effects are fabulous, quick and exactly as goofy as one would desire. I loved the Warp effect personally
Of course, using it is just as easy as using any other Linux application. All you got to do is plug in your cam, start Cheese and you have its amazing effects at your disposal without any hassles.
You can easily install Cheese via your Linux flavor’s repositories. I currently use Ubuntu and for that you might just click this to get it done. Happy posing!
P.s. No comments on my photography unless you are talking about my screen-shot taking abilities.