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New Volume Control Interface For GNOME

Michael Larabel

Published on 14 January 2009
Written by Michael Larabel
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On the input tab is a volume control for the input volume (along with the ability to mute the channel), an indicator of the input volume level, and the ability to choose between multiple sound input devices. The volume level indicator is adjusted in real-time.

From the output tab is the ability to choose a sound output device and then adjust its balance between the left and right channels.

Lastly, there is the applications tab. From here, as games, programs, or other software packages are outputting sound, they are automatically listed in this area. The name of the program is shown along with its program icon and there is the ability to adjust the volume level on a per-application basis. The sound from a particular application can also be muted.

The about covers the new sound capabilities for GNOME on the interface level. We are continuing our testing of this new work in both Ubuntu 9.04 and Fedora 11 Rawhide and we will be back with more shortly. Share your thoughts on this improved sound support in the Phoronix Forums.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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