Update Readme and or Sound System For Linux

Case number:699969-2009296
Topic:General
Opened by:User3.14
Status:Open
Type:Suggestion
Opened on:Monday, March 30, 2020 - 19:52
Last modified:Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 14:11

Foldit is using OSS as its sound system. OSS is an older system and isn't often install on modern distros anymore. There is a temporary solution which is to install osspd. osspd simulates OSS and routes it through ALSA/PulseAudio. This
can be added in the readme as something you should install. A more permanent and a better solution would be to switch out the sound system to use something like PulseAudio.

(here's what the error messages look like when you don't have OSS installed)
AL lib: (EE) ALCplaybackOSS_open: Could not open /dev/dsp: No such file or directory
AL lib: (WW) alcSetError: Error generated on device (nil), code 0xa004
AL lib: (WW) ALCplaybackOSS_open: Could not find "Generic Software" in device list
AL lib: (WW) alcSetError: Error generated on device (nil), code 0xa004`

(Mon, 03/30/2020 - 19:52  |  1 comment)


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Thanks for explaining that error message and what it is about! I agree that it would be nice to have support for ALSA or PulseAudio.

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