Another item that should be addressed is audio. KDE offers a sometimes frustrating audio setup manager that leads one to believe there is perfect integration with GStreamer, or Xine, or VLC. The KMix does adapt to adding treble and bass when setup via editing of non-kde files in /etc or /boot. However, even on a good day there seems to be a lack of consistency. Each program can wrest control of a seperate virtual channel which is nice, except when one program chooses to play from the headphone jack while another uses the internal speaker. These things should be configurable and not necessarily in such a way that flexibility is lost, but so that such settings might be accessible universally, consistently, and completely. I would like to suggest such a beast, which would work across environments the same as AppCafe and Control Panel are intended, and that would allow selection/configuration of sound codecs, mixers, and output. KDE seems to have a general concept reasonably fleshed out, but it is KDE specific (which also means no choice to install *only* kmix seperate from juk and dragonplayer etc, without specific modification prior to build).. being KDE specific eliminates it from being perfectly universal, but it does use Qt. A tray-dockable volume control slider tied to a mixer the way Kmix is, would be nice but shouldn't be considered mandatory.
--Tigersharke 05:58, 2 June 2011 (PDT)
The above was a bit of a frustration-induced rant. I have since decided to avoid all backends but GStreamer, I do not use pulseaudio nor Amarok (Clementine-player instead, with OSS chosen for output) and I specifically modified my /boot/loader.conf to load all sound drivers as below:
and modified /boot/device.hints to as i understand it, force my three possible output devices to act as one dependent upon the insertion of a plug into the headphone jack by:
hint.hdac.0.cad0.nid27.config="as=1 seq=15 device=Headphones" hint.hdac.0.cad0.nid21.config="as=2 seq=15" hint.hdac.0.cad0.nid29.config="as=0 seq=15"
and made sure that my audio devices would get noticed (and added additional channels), by forcing within /etc/sysctl.conf as below:
dev.pcm.0.play.vchans=8 dev.pcm.1.play.vchans=8 dev.pcm.0.play.vchanmode=1 dev.pcm.1.play.vchanmode=1
--Tigersharke 01:09, 22 June 2011 (PDT)
PC-BSD Control Panel used by 8.2
When following the instructions to install the control panel on an 8.2 system, everything seems to succeed (especially after fixing the improper dash used for the pkg_add command) but when attempting to access it from the kickoff menu, under applications --> system, neither control panel, nor appcafe function properly though both are listed. PC-BSD Welcome seems to work nicely, the Online Update Notifier successfully placed itself in my system tray, and attempted to find updates- tho the shield remains the red x. The only option from the shield system tray menu that seems to succeed is the 'check for updates'. Attempting to use AppCafe causes it to open a window for a very brief moment and then quits. The Control Panel opens a window with icons for some things, but clicking on anything does nothing, neither is there the multi-DE/WM selector visible.
My system is not exactly standard in the least.. it is v8.2 but with recently updated KDE 4.6.4. I will check to see if anything is improved by leaving and returning to KDE, or a reboot. Ok. Logout and return to KDE, either that caused the AppCafe, Printer, and display icons to be click-able, or I hadn't tested them earlier. The portsjail icon even more briefly (hard to believe but it does flash so rapidly its crazy) does blink a window attempt- but I had purposely disabled it in the appropriate startup file, so that is understandable. The printer config seems to work though I didn't attempt any changes, and same for the dispay manager since I didn't want to lose whatever I already have configured. A reboot did not change anything either.
One caveat- I had a very strange reaction to an pkg_add of qt4-linguist, which I did manually, though the prior install of the control panel was successful. Some time after using pkg_add -r qt4-linguist, I lost keyboard input, meaning that I could type and I saw some blinking on the screen but nothing appeared. This affected every open program. A pkg_deinstall of qt4-linguist, and a reinstall from ports of devel/qt4-linguist (possibly not necessary?) along with a reboot has fixed that keyboard issue.
--Tigersharke 01:09, 22 June 2011 (PDT)