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Esound is an audio mixing server that allows multiple
applications to output sound to the same audio device.
Development on Esound stopped several years ago, in the
hope that someone would write a replacement.  Esound is
seriously lacking in features required for a modern
desktop environment, particularly for multi-channel
audio and audio/video synchronization.  However, it is
part of the GNOME platform (for a little while longer),
so we slavishly continue to maintain it.  Please don't
laugh at us.

Bugs should be reported at
It's unlikely that they'll be fixed unless they're
regressions from recent versions or accompanied by