27 Nov 2004 rbultje   » (Master)

DVD & Surround sound
Pieces are falling in place. I'm able to watch DVDs here, and they have working surround sound. The bad part is that if you downsample to stereo (and that's what I do, because my cheap-ass soundcard is connected to the receiver using a simple stereo cable), the thing currently drops unused channels. This means that my beautiful 5.1 DVD is downsamples to 2.0 by dropping the surround and bass, which is not_cool[tm], because you miss half of the audio. I guess I'll need to write a channel mixer sometime soon. Does anyone have papers on how that should be done (e.g. 5.1 to 2.0; 2.0 to 5.1; 4.1 to 5.0; etc.)? How should I balance front/rear? How to balance stereo/center? How to balance bass into the other channels? Etc.

Given the success of GNOME-es, we decided we could do that as well, so we, dutch GNOME users and developers, have set up GNOME-nl. We're intending to have a lot of fun together, and maybe some of us will even be present at a Novell conference in the Netherlands early december to demo the GNOME desktop.

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