Firefox unable to use shared audio

Andre Costa andre.ocosta at
Sun Jul 30 16:10:17 UTC 2006

Hi Oleksandr,

On Sat, 29 Jul 2006 00:21:36 -0400
oleksandr korneta <atenrok at> wrote:

> on 07/25/2006 05:54 PM Andre Costa wrote:
> > On Tue, 25 Jul 2006 16:44:02 -0400
> > oleksandr korneta <atenrok at> wrote:
> > 
> >> on 07/23/2006 01:26 PM Andre Costa wrote:
> >>
> >>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> Is there anything similar for Fedora? Would I have this problem
> >>> if I used the RPM?
> >> AFAIK fedora does not ship alsa-oss since fc4. I have the same
> >> issue though.
> > 
> > Mmmh... that (Firefox being unable to play sounds if other app is
> > accessing /dev/something) is very annoying. Can someone confirm
> > this is really due to the lack of some package (eg. alsa-oss) or to
> > Firefox being misconfigured on Fedora? I'd really like to solve
> > this issue, because, after all, if Ubuntu folks managed to solve
> > it, I can't see why we wouldn't be able to do it on Fedora as well.
> as far as I understand, this is not firefox's issue, but macromedia 
> flash plugin does not support alsa output only oss.

Sure, I know this is Macromedia's fault. The thing is that, until they
solve this, it would be interesting if Fedora users could workarond
this limitation, as Ubuntu users can.

> There is a thread in archives of this mail list where fedora guys are 
> explaining why the refuse to support alsa-oss.

I found this one:

And also this one, which could end this thread =)

So, if what Ignacio says is true, alsa-oss shouldn't be needed. I sent
him a message asking for some help, let's see what comes out of it. If
anyone else can offer some guidance, please speak up =)

> I use to ask this 
> question concerning skype, but it is not a problem for me anymore 
> because skype 1.3 can do alsa, and more than that - I'm not using
> skype anymore :)

=) According to Adobe's "official Linux
blog" (
Flash9 for Linux will be based on ALSA. I hope it doesn't take too long
to come out...



Andre Oliveira da Costa

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