Hi ridoj, just go ahead and remove it. I just did the latest updates and removed 'esound'. I can't see any changes. Everything seems to work as before.
When I wrote the guide I read somewhere that 'esound' was needed to play games like "Chaos Strikes Back" and alike, and that was why I included it,
but right after I wrote the HowTo, 'kwevej' asked in this post
kwevej wrote:is esound really needed?
I purged PA a while ago, running without esound ... doesn't experience any problems.
: "Yes, it is needed to mix several streams for playback by a single device, and to redirect sound to remote servers."
He wrote back
: "mix several streams for playback by a single device works with ALSA alone as well (because of dmix)"
I don't see 'dmix' in Synaptic, but I see 'libesd0' (Enlightened Sound Daemon) which is already installed and it does the same job
Synaptic's description of libesd0: "This program is designed to mix together several digitized audio streams for playback by a single device."
: I have rewritten the HowTo and have removed the part about installing 'esound' since it is going to be removed anyway.
Thank you very much ridoj. I guess you need to correct the Spanish HowTo as well.
Something else you might write in the translation (if you haven't already) is that this howto is only for LMDE users. Mint 10 users are supposed to use this guide