Internet Broadcasting

Janina Sajka janina at
Wed Oct 27 21:05:21 EDT 2004

I'm not into dj applications, so I don't think about cross fading in the
sense of queueing up several selections and having them play
automatically. So, I just plain haven't looked into that, if that's what
you mean.

I can tell you that I can fade up and fade out with ecasound. And, it's
certainly possible to have a second selection start fading up when the
first one fades out, but I rather suspect you may have something
different in mind.

I am very convinced, however, that we are not as knowledgable about the
options available to us from the command line for audio management. Let
me put it this way: Does anyone here use gstreamer from the cli? Did you
know you can? I just learned that the other day.

John McCann writes:
> Hank wrote:
> "you can't cross faid with linux and I have yet to find a consol program
> that does this sort of thing
> any one know something I don't?"
> If they do, I hope that they will speak to speak, <smile>!
> What I ultimately envision doing is a radio show on either ACB radio or the
> "for the people" (FTP, not to be confused with "file transfer protocol")
> site. I don't know whether or not anyone who is doing internet broadcasting
> on either of those sites is using a linux box to do so.
> Now, when Janina responded to my initial post, she did say:
> "Seems to me that linux would be a more stable and more accessible server 
> for that  [internet broadcasting]."
> I believe that the folks I know who are doing internet broadcasting are 
> using their computers as music terminals or studios which stream content up 
> to some other server which people then log on to; hence, were I to do this, 
> I don't believe my computer would be acting as a server.
> My primary motivation for becoming conversant with linux was because I 
> wanted to host my own http and ftp sites. Now, if my father said this once 
> in his life, he said it ten thousand times: "The right tool for the right 
> job." (He worked in construction all his life.) So, given my desire to 
> self-host my own domain, and with
> the above-quoted montra in mind, there was no way I was going to use 
> microsoft's software for that task, with all its security flaws, 
> instability, etc. However, if, in fact,  what Hank believes is 
> correct...that their is no linux software that supports cross-fading, then 
> windows, even with all its flaws, may be the "right tool" for that, the 
> "internet dj", job. Indeed, less than an hour ago, I read Sean McMahon's 
> post about the availability of OCR software running under linux.
> The point of this discussion being simply this; (and I'm not pointing any 
> fingers at any specific individuals on this list; I am oftimes perturbed by 
> a pervasive attitude which seems to exist in certain sectors of the linux 
> community which holds that anyone who uses microsoft software is the 
> anti-christ. Hey, you use what you got to use...or what you know how to 
> get the job done in the way that you want or need for it to be 
> done. I would exhort those who hold the aforementioned view to allow it to 
> serve as a motivation for working toward the day when the catalog of 
> application programs written for linux is every bit as robust as that 
> written for windows, which operating system, whether those in the linux 
> community would care to acknowledge it or not, (and irrespective of how they 
> or anyone else feels about it) is the predominant operating system today.
> John
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				Accessibility Workgroup
				Free Standards Group (FSG)

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