exploder: The whole Pulseaudio / Phonon thing looks to be better, if not a non-issue, when 4.4 hits. That is, if what I've been reading about all of it is right.
Please note that this is not a backend. This is support for the existing backends’ own PulseAudio output but utilising the control and configuration system presented to KDE users. This allows PulseAudio to manage the devices (sinks and sources) and move the streams between them when required. This will allow seamless setup of all hardware, network (i.e. thin clients, Apple Airtunes and UPnP devices) and bluetooth devices in KDE.
The existing backends in kdesupport (gstreamer and xine) both work with this PA support helper, but vlc and mplayer backends developed outside kdesupport will need some (minor) tweaking to fit in perfectly.
I really am impressed at how far KDE has come already. Dare I say that 10.04 (LTS) might be the perfect desktop storm of features and reliability? I have faith!
I've been running Kubuntu 9.10 (upgraded to 4.3.3) on my notebook (HP nc6000) since it came out without any issues. The only minor tweak so far were the Firefox integration steps I put together, plus the OpenSuse .deb file for FF integration. Also adding Synaptic in lieu of KPackageKit, which is just not quite there yet.
They'll all look at me and say,
Hey look at him! I'll never live that way.
But that's okay -
They're just afraid to change.
- Shannon HoonThe Blue Mint