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According to this page: http://www.hecticgeek.com/2012/01/how-to-remove-pulseaudio-use-alsa-ubuntu-linux/

both pulseaudio and ALSA are audio servers.

So if I install the ALSA mixer, then I don't have to use pulseaudio...right?

I really would like my media players to play and I would also very much like the flash players on web pages to play.

It seems that one of the strengths of pulseaudio is that it recognizes this need of mine and does this all seemlessly.

So my question is, once pulseaudio is removed, will alsa automatically connect to the various devices that I want sound from? I understand that pulseaudio is just a front end to ALSA anyway, so basically by using the ALSA mixer, I am using that as a front end?

Why do I want to do this? Because even though I went into the config file of pulseaudio and set autospawn = no,(following this advice: I want to change the pulseaudio config file) the thing still spawns and wont let me use JACK. The fix outlined in I want to change the pulseaudio config file worked for two days, but now somehow pulse seems to have found a way around the "no" command.

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you may want to ask a separate question about whatever problem it is you're actually trying to solve, since removing pulseaudio seems kind of extreme. –  ImaginaryRobots Dec 6 '12 at 16:42
Why do you want to remove pulseaudio? To use it with a single audio card along with JACK, you need to install pulseaudio-module-jack and load the jackdbus-detect module for pulseaudio to stop when jackd starts and grabs the sound card. If you want to do pro audio work, you should probably get a secondary sound card or usb/firewire interface to use with jack, while using pulse for normal system audio. –  dobey Dec 6 '12 at 16:45
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