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This relates to Mumble. The attenuate other applications feature does not work (lowers volume of other applications while someone is talking).

I was wondering if there was native feature built into Ubuntu which can take over this duty.

Suggestions much appreciated.

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Neither does this work for me, I'm interested in a solution as well. – Lekensteyn Mar 22 '11 at 13:49

This is something that has bothered me for quite some time, so I decided to go fix it. :) As of a few minutes ago, support for this has been merged into Mumble for the next release:

You can try it now if you're brave and want to run off of git, otherwise you'll need to wait for the next release. I'll keep this answer updated as this progresses.

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You should give earcandy a try. It's in the ubuntu repositories, just use the software centre to install it.

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Unfortunately I could not get this to work. It crashed a few times and even when it did run I didn't know how to use it. – The Pixel Developer Mar 23 '11 at 14:58

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