[NBLUG/talk] talk Digest, Vol 70, Issue 18

Jordan Erickson jerickson at logicalnetworking.net
Wed Jan 20 14:02:44 PST 2010

Doubt it. Although it's been reported that it runs youtube.com fine,
there's a lot that it can do better. They're doing an awesome job with
gnash, for an open source flash implementation!!! However, the problem
most likely lies with how Adobe Flash works with the sound subsystem.

Steve Johnson wrote:
> Hi Grant,
> According to /etc/lsb-release I am on 9.10 karmic.  and according to
> dpkg I am running the adobe version of flash.. I wonder if gnash will
> work better..
> -Steve
> On Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 1:35 PM, Grant Bowman <grantbow at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello Steve,
>> I haven't heard of this particular bug before.  I am guessing you are
>> using Ubuntu 8.10 Karmic Koala.  You can always verify with `cat
>> /etc/lsb-release` to double check.  Narrowing down a bug can be quite
>> a patience testing and observation testing process.
>> If the problem is flash related installing ubuntu-restricted-extras
>> will pull in the Adobe version of flash instead of gnash, the open
>> source implementation of flash player.  On my machine the package for
>> Adobe's flash is "flashplugin-installer" which downloads and installs
>> a version to your machine to side step the licensing restrictions that
>> Adobe places on their software.  You can see what flash packages are
>> on your machine at any time by doing `dpkg -l | egrep -i flash` which
>> is a handy command line trick that I find much more useful than any of
>> the gui tools.  dpkg gives a list of all installed packages to egrep
>> which only passes on the ones where a case insensitive match is found
>> for flash.  The output goes to your terminal.
>> If you want to look for existing bug reports, try using a web browser
>> (sound not required) with google and appropriate key words.  I
>> recommend using site:launchpad.net to look for officially reported
>> bugs or site:ubuntuforums.org to look for other user reports on the
>> most popular Ubuntu site.
>> Regards,
>> Grant Bowman
>> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CaliforniaTeam
>>> Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 10:51:51 -0800
>>> From: Steve Johnson <srj at adnd.com>
>>> Subject: [NBLUG/talk] strange sound bug..
>>> I am running the latest release of Ubuntu 32bit, I am having this
>>> strange sound problem.. I first noticed it in FireFox.  Sound would
>>> work fine but after a while it would just stop working, re-starting
>>> Firefox would bring the sound back..  I also discovered that just
>>> closing the FireFox window wasn't good enough, there was always an
>>> orphaned FireFox process I would have to kill -9 to get rid of..  But
>>> once I got rid of all the FF instances and re-started it, I would get
>>> my sound back.. So I switch to Chrome, wanted to try it out anyways..
>>> Now I am having the same problem, except I don't get the orphaned
>>> process..   Chrome's sound works, but if I leave the browser open to
>>> long, the sound stops working and killing Chrome and re-starting it
>>> brings the sound back.. I did not have this problem on an older
>>> install of Ubuntu..
>>> Anyone else having this problem? or know of a fix?
>>> -Steve
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